Spring training has begun...sort of. The Orioles pitchers and catchers are undergoing their physicals this morning before taking the field for the first official workout. Can't wait to see the pitchers in their their first PFP (Pitchers Fielding Practice) and the catchers taking BP. If you haven't noticed, I'm planning to use a lot more acronyms this year.
Favorite memory of the first workout last year: Rich Hill arrived to begin work on regaining his command after experiencing freaky control problems the previous season. Guess he didn't want to set the bar too high too early, because he fielded his first comebacker of the spring and threw the ball into the palm tree behind first base. Later in the week, during a bullpen session, he buzzed a fastball right past the head of pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who was observing from what he thought was a safe distance.
I thought at the time that I ought to get him a bumper sticker that said, "If You Don't Like The Way I Pitch, Stay Out Of The Bleachers."
In fairness to Rich, who is a good guy with a great sense of humor, he got things together for awhile, but couldn't stay healthy. When he's right, he has one of the best curveballs I've ever seen. Join me in wishing him -- and Dave Duncan -- the best of luck in St. Louis.