Every year in late February we see stories applauding certain players for showing up extra early to spring training, or for getting to the facilities at the crack of dawn.
Then mid-March rolls around and everyone is sick of the drills and the bus rides and meaningless Grapefruit League games and we forget all about those early arrivers.
So take this note from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times however you want to …
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale had a similar account …
That would be Blake Snell and Jacob Faria, two of the Rays’ top pitching prospects. Snell, 23, posted a 1.41 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 134 innings last season between High-A Charlotte, Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham. Faria, 22, had a 1.92 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 149 2/3 innings between High-A and Double-A.
Everything is going to be fine.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.