-DAY 5 OF SPRING TRAINING
-6 DAYS TO THE FIRST EXHIBITION GAME, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 vs. CINCINNATI REDS
-46 DAYS TO THE SEASON OPENER, MONDAY, APRIL 6 @ BOSTON RED SOX
-53 DAYS TO THE HOME OPENER, MONDAY, APRIL 13 vs. NEW YORK YANKEES
WELCOME TO CHARLOTTE COUNTY PARADE:
The Rays entire team participated in the “Welcome to Charlotte County” parade sponsored by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. The team also signed autographs at Laishley Park.
SECOND DAY OF FULL SQUAD WORKOUTS:
- Camp roster at 62 (31 pitchers, 7 catchers, 14 infielders, 10 outfielders).
- All 38 pitchers and catchers invited to camp worked out for the fifth straight day.
- All position players are in camp with the exception of Akinori Iwamura, who will remain with Team Japan in preparation for the World Baseball Classic.
• Players take the field at 9:30 a.m....practice expected to finish up about 1:30 p.m.
• Gates open at 9 a.m.
• Parking lot opens at 8 a.m.
Manager Joe Maddon's Quotes:
On today’s workout: "We had pop-up communication on a very windy day, that was kind of fun. Everybody’s doing well. The hitters look good, everybody’s in good shape. We got a lot of ground balls. The pitchers completed their fifth day of their regular pitchers’ programs. Tomorrow we’ll bring everything together where everybody starts working out together with one schedule. We’ve been working off two for the last two days."
On the pop-up drill: "We’re just trying to re-establish the priorities. There are pop-up communication priorities. The outfielders over the infielders, always people coming in over guys going out, shortstop over the rest of the infield, the corner guys over the catchers. You just talk about who should be the dominant player in a situation. Sometimes that gets skewed, but you talk about it up front and make sure that when somebody calls for it they say, 'I got it, I got it, I got it,' loud, three times. When you have an infielder going back you want him waving his arms and not saying [anything], because there’s confusion with outfielders, infielders and crowd noise."
On tomorrow’s workout, and the possibility of pitchers throwing live to hitters: "I’m not 100 percent sure we’re doing that tomorrow, but it may be tomorrow. I’ve got to talk to Hick [Jim Hickey] about it. But we’re arriving at that point because the games are so close to us, we want to get that done tomorrow. More than likely we are going to get into that element of our spring training."
On the windy conditions: "You really don’t want that much, because in the Trop the wind doesn’t normally blow this hard – we’ve had more problems with rafters. We should just bring the rafters out. But it’s always fun to do it that way. It’s more difficult when you have a clear sky and wind. Actually, having some clouds today helped a bit."
On leading the parade: "When we have our coaches’ meeting right now, we’ll go over tomorrow’s schedule and I think it’s going to be [Tom] Foley who will be in charge of teaching us not the wave, but the wave."