Tommy Hunter and Jake Arrieta have been friends since their college days. They spent four years together with the Orioles and have remained close. That friendship helped the Phillies sign Arrieta to a three-year deal and join Hunter in Philadelphia.
As spring training is about to being, storylines to watch around baseball include the two slugging superstars in pinstripes, will Clayton Kershaw opt out of his contract and did the Cubs do enough to win another World Series title?
Last year, as a club, the Orioles batting average was .256, meaning that there was a successful hit about every four at bats. It was not a bad year for "our guys." Their club average was identical to the World Series Champions, the long-suffering Chicago Cubs. However, the fact that any person on the planet can hit a baseball thrown at an average speed of 90 miles an hour — let alone in a quarter of all at bats — is truly amazing. Here's why.