Posted by Steve
Hey, check out this Baseball Reference linker I learned about at Reviewing the Brew! Isn’t it nifty? Anyway…
Spring Training is great for a few reasons: you get a chance to see some younger players, and it’s a sign that baseball season is near. Really, that’s about it. It makes for a fun vacation, but baseball-wise, if I’m not there, I don’t really care.
Things that kind of suck about Spring Training:
-The games are generally boring (again, unless you’re there). Pitchers aren’t always even trying to pitch a good game; they’re working on a certain pitch or something. The games are finished by guys who won’t make the team.
-The games are generally meaningless. Performance doesn’t mean anything. Remember Erick Almonte making the team due to a hot spring training? Jeremy Reed? How long did those performances last?
-Not only are the performances meaningless, but then we have to endure people overreacting to these meaningless performances and placing importance on whether someone had a “good spring.” Remember that spring when J.J. Hardy had like a 1.100 OPS? That was the year he got sent to the minors for playing so badly.
-For every exciting prospect, there are three Brooks Conrads, Travis Ishikawas or Cesar Izturises. I don’t need to see these guys play.
-Nothing good comes out of it, but someone always seems to get hurt.
-And finally, there’s a severe lack of news.
I’m going to expand on that last point. Again, unless you’re there, the only news we have to discuss is what we get from reporters who are there. Within 24 hours of Corey Hart‘s injury, you could find probably six or more blogs discussing how the Brewers might fill right field in Hart’s absence, and they all said the same general thing. Now, everyone is talking about how the Brewers’ offense hasn’t done much in their first couple games. Sorry, but I can’t bring myself to care about that. And I wasn’t going to write a Hart post when it had already been covered plenty. The funniest part is now we’re hearing that he might actually make opening day anyway, so all that speculation could be moot.
The regular season is great, because 20 people can watch a game, and there can be 20 different reactions/opinions/ideas. It makes for interesting discussion. There is just so much more to talk about. In spring training, there are no managerial decisions to evaluate, there are no tense moments, there are no division races.
I see it as a necessary evil. I can’t even bring myself to follow the games very closely. I realize I’m in a minority, but I’ll watch if I’m around, or if a younger guy I want to see is playing (like Tyler Thornburg today), but other than that, I don’t get caught up in it too much.
All I want in March is college basketball no serious Brewers injuries. Give me that, and I’m happy.