Pitchers and Catchers Report

Hallelujah! Spring training has begun!

The Mets open spring training today in Port St. Lucie, FL, with pitchers throwing to catchers and catchers throwing back to pitchers. Then some “PFP” (Pitchers’ Fielding Practice, a.k.a., cover first), then a bunch of running, then a 2 o’clock tee time.

And isn’t it amazing … each pitcher will go through the drill of covering first about 10,000 times between now and the end of March, yet in the first week of real games in April, we’ll see some genius hurler forget to cover the bag on a slow grounder to Carlos Delgado.

In addition to the moundsmen and backstops, a few positional players will be getting a head start and working out at the Port St. Lucie facilities. David Wright was already in camp, as was Brian Schneider. Schneider of course needs to be in camp as of today — or else there will be a lot of passed balls, as Casey Stengel might quip. Not sure yet who else will join Wright as an early bird, but we’ll likely see several players drop in day by day.

FYI, I’ll be covering Mets spring training live in Port St. Lucie as of February 27, so if there’s anything or anyone you want me to check out specifically, let me know via the email form.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. isuzudude February 14, 2008 at 8:22 am
    “I’ll be covering Mets spring training live in Port St. Lucie as of February 27, so if there’s anything or anyone you want me to check out specifically, let me know”

    THAT’S FREAKIN’ AWESOME JOE! I haven’t been on this blog long enough to know if this has been tradition for you, but nonetheless, thank you for taking the time to cover ST for us.

    You know what else would be fun? If one year you joined the Mets’ fantasy camp and blogged about the experience. I saw an article/video from Jim Caple on ESPN do the same thing at the Twins camp and it was very interesting and comical.

  2. joe February 14, 2008 at 10:06 am
    ‘dude, it will be the first time I go to an MLB spring training since hanging out with Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan and catching some pitchers at a tryout in Sarasota about a hundred years ago …

    It’s actually an early birthday gift from my wife, and I’ll be there until March 2 … only a few days but it should be interesting. If it’s a hit with everyone maybe I will make it a tradition.

    Fantasy camp sounds like a good idea … will have to give that some thought — thanks!