March 2, 2005
DEVIL RAY FEVER, CATCH IT!:
Spring training: hitting, pitching - and hope: The sun is shining, the players are relaxed, and fans are pouring into Florida and Arizona. (Vic Roberts, 3/03/05, CS Monitor)
Thirty teams gathered in two states. More than 1,750 players battling for 750 jobs over six weeks. Who will make the Major League roster? Find out this April.Posted by Orrin Judd at March 2, 2005 8:20 PM
That might sound a bit like the opening to a reality TV show, but the reality is that baseball spring training games are starting this week in Florida and Arizona. Players young and old hope to stretch, run, throw, catch, and hit their way onto their team's 25-man roster so they can compete in Major League Baseball's 162-game regular season.
For players the work has just begun. For fans, the beginning of spring training provides hope that this will be the year "their" team wins the World Series.
The fact that more than 250 players switched teams during the off season - a handful of them high-priced, high-profile players - has given fans reason to be optimistic for the 2005 season.