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Spring Training Update: Batting Practice, Instagramming, Facilities Pictures, More

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arizona cactusA handful of items from out west to get you through the afternoon, as you think about the fact that games are just seven days away …


  • Joe Maddon said yesterday that, among the things he wants to do in Spring Training for the Cubs: use smaller balls in batting practice off of the machines, and have the batters use heavier bats (ESPN). It seems so simple when you think about it, but I really like it. Maybe it’s not particularly revolutionary and has been around for a while (I’ve seen players using donuts on their bats in BP before). Maybe I’m still in that zone where everything Maddon does makes me smile.
  • Among the pitchers throwing live BP today, per Carrie Muskat: C.J. Edwards, Blake Parker, Anthony Carter, Donn Roach, Neil Ramirez, Joseph Ortiz, Francisley Bueno and Gonzalez Germen.
  • Some fun and/or interesting visuals, including some from BN’er Laura who was out that way earlier in the week:

First selfie of spring. @krisbryant23

A photo posted by Javier Báez ⚾ (@javy23baez) on

Second selfie of sprint with @jorgesoler68 & @mrsjulianaramirez A photo posted by Javier Báez ⚾ (@javy23baez) on


HBD 🍰🎂🎊🎉🎊🎊🎉🎉🎊⚾️🍰🎂

A photo posted by Jorgesoler68 (@jorgesoler68) on

Rogers later added that Bryant subsequently hit some bombs.


Brett Taylor

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