On this Valentine’s Day weekend, for a baseball fan there are no words in the English language sweeter than “Pitchers and Catchers report.” Those words ring especially true today as Dodgers pitchers and catchers have arrived at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona for the official start of Spring Training. With the recent signings of a number of free agents to Minor League deals (with an invite to Major League camp), it’s interesting to wonder if perhaps Big League veteran pitchers Eric Milton, Jeff Weaver, or Shawn Estes, might break camp in an Isotopes uniform. Mere idle speculation, true, but that is what Spring Training is all about, right?
While the majority of the 2009 Isotopes roster will most likely be made up of those on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster and those invited to Major League camp, all of whom report in the next few days, a significant portion will be culled from Minor League camp, which begins a little later. Minor League pitchers and catchers will report on March 5, with position players to follow on March 11. It is only after everyone is in camp that the ‘Topes’ roster will truly begin to take shape.
Should be a fun spring!