Those words were heard loud and clear across Florida and Arizona this weekend as the exhibition season got underway.
Twenty-nine days and counting till the games start counting in the win column.
There are a lot of interesting storylines this week; let’s start with Miguel Cabrera.
—The 38-year-old Detroit Tiger will join an exclusive club this year providing he can stay healthy.
Cabrerra has a chance to join Pujols, Rodriguez, Aaron, Mays, Murray, and Palmeiro as the only players in MLB history, with 500 homers and 3,000 hits.
Cabrerra is 13 homers away from 500 and also 139 hits away from 3,000. This would be an excellent way for one of the all-time Tiger greats to guarantee a first-ballot Hall of Fame entrance possibly.
—The Atlanta Braves extended manager Brian Snitker through the 2023 season with an option for 2024.
Snitker took over as interim manager during 2016 and has led the Braves to the post-season the last three seasons.
Snitker has been in the Atlanta organization since 1977 and has a 353-317 record as Braves manager.
The Braves led the Dodgers three games to one in last year’s NLCS before losing three straight to the Dodgers, who went on to win the World Series.
—Some hard feelings are brewing between Seattle Mariners prospect Jared Kelenic and the organization.
It all started when ousted CEO Kevin Mather informed a local rotary club that Kelenic would start the season in the minors to open the season, thus delaying his free agency for the second consecutive year.
Maher also went to say that the Mariners planned to manipulate Kelenic’s service time, which is a CBA violation. The MLB Players Association is investigating and is considering filing a grievance against the Mariners.
And we continue to wonder why there are such feelings of distrust and dislike between the players and the owners.
This is one issue (service time) that needs to be restructured in the next CBA. The current CBA expires later this year. It is looking more and more like there will be a lockout in 2022.
—Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond has opted out of the 2021 season. Desmond entering the final year of a five-year 70 million deal, has forfeited 13.6 million dollars in salary the last two seasons.
Desmond also opted out of the 2020 season. He said in a statement:
For now, I’ve decided to opt-out of the 2021 season. My desire to be with my family is greater than my desire to go back and play baseball under these circumstances. I’m going to continue to train and watch how things unfold.
Desmond is a career .252 hitter with the Rockies. He was expecting to be a part-time player with the Rockies this season.
–Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper has gone on record saying the NL East is the best division in baseball. And he is 100 percent correct. It will be fun to watch the Phillies, Mets, Braves, Nationals, and Marlins battle it out every night and see who will be playing baseball in October.
I think this is the best division in baseball; I don’t think that’s even a question. We have five really good teams. I think this is going to be a juggernaut of a division.Harper made those comments to ESPN.
Many people are dismissing the Miami Marlins, but they did make the playoffs last year, and their starting rotation is one of the top-ten in baseball.
—The Yankees and outfielder Brett Gardner have agreed on a one-year four million dollar contract. The 37-year-old Yankee has spent his entire 14-year career with the Yankees.
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