It wouldn’t fairly be a Grapefruit League opener…though the advert hoc recreation being deliberate on the Cressey Sports activities Efficiency facility in Palm Seashore Gardens, Fla., could have so many main leaguers in attendance you may in all probability cost admission.
“[Max] Scherzer mentioned we’re going to have a March 1 recreation there,” Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong advised Put up Sports activities+ this previous week, referring, after all, to the Mets new co-ace. “A bit yard baseball to get the blood flowing.”
Possibly this Main League Baseball labor dispute, between two sides trying to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement amid Rob Manfred’s lockout, can be resolved by the tip of this month, rendering such a contest pointless. Among the many different gamers understanding on the academy owned by Cressey, the Yankees’ director of participant well being and efficiency, are pitchers Justin Verlander of the Astros and Michael Wacha of the Purple Sox.
But DeJong, like all of his fellow gamers, finds himself within the odd place the place he should put together for all eventualities whereas not being allowed to set foot on group property or talk with membership officers (Cressey’s facility can be utilized, however he can not work with the gamers who’re there).