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.