This time of year is brutal. I cannot decide what is worse. Forcing Big Leaguers to go through rudimentary drills or, writing about those drills as though they were actual news. If I were Commissioner, I’d close the first two weeks of camp to the press just so I didn’t have to read about live BP (by the way, I did a quick survey of the live BP stories and, it turns out, not a single run will be scored in Major League Baseball this season).
Look, baseball is not football or basketball or hockey. There are no playbooks or philosophies or styles. Everyone does everything exactly the same except for the margins. Major Leaguers don’t need to practice because there is nothing to actually “learn” in the first two weeks. It is a mere vestige of the days when big leaguers needed camp to get into shape. Uncle. Let’s play some baseball.
In the interim, my thoughts on this time of year can be expressed by two of the great philosophers of our era: