Orioles pitchers and catchers are taking their physicals as we speak and are set to take the field in about 15 minutes for the first spring workout of the Buck Showalter regime. There was no player access this morning, but we'll get some after the workout, including an interview with Showalter.

As he has said several times, this is Showalter's favorite time of the year. He loves having the opportunity to teach and work with both the major and minor leaguers. He also views spring training as an important time for team building.

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My colleague, Dan Connolly, spoke to Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young last year, and Young raved about how Showalter rallies the troops and makes everyone feel like they're a part of something special during spring training. Young spoke of a highlight video that Showalter made that got everybody fired up. One year, Showalter also took the Rangers to a nearby Air Force base to talk to fighter pilots, and watch different military exercises.

Showalter has something special planned before the first full-team workout next Monday, but he declined to reveal his plans because he wants it to be a surprise. "I have one chance on this and I'm not going to mess it up," Showalter said.

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