Monday, February 23, 2009

February 23rd Rays Spring Training Notes

Rays Spring Training 2009Today was day 9 of spring training, 42 days to the season opener on April 6th at the Boston Red Sox, and 51 days until the home opener April 13th against the New York Yankees. Monday was the 6th day of full squad workouts, and the camp roster is at 63 (32 pitchers, 7 catchers, 14 infielders, 10 outfielders).

Monday's Open House drew approximately 3,000 fans for the Rays first workout on the main field at Charlotte Sports Park. The club also held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new team store as Rays players signed autographs.

Tuesday's Schedule:
· 8 a.m. – Parking in main lot opens
· 9 a.m. – Gates open
· 9:30 a.m.-Noon - Workout

Note: The Rays have their MLBPA meeting at 9 a.m. in the clubhouse. The meeting is expected to last a couple of hours and the Rays will not take batting practice on the field.

Quotes from Manager Joe Maddon:
On today’s crowds inside Charlotte Sports Park: "They brought some energy to our workout this morning, they should do it more often, it’s great."

On his thoughts on Charlotte Sports Park: "I love it. I absolutely love it. From a theoretical perspective, I like the fact that it’s big. I like a deep and big spring training ballpark. The ball has a tendency to carry and I prefer it be more pitcher friendly than hitter friendly. The surface itself is magnificent, the dugouts are great and it appears as though the batters eye is appropriate. The bullpens are accessible and it’s all really well done."

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