Eric Young Jr. dismissed from VWL team due to tardiness

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Rockies speedster Eric Young Jr. was sent to the Venezuelan Winter League this month to work on his play at second base, the hope being that he might enter 2012 with a bit more defensive versatility.

But that plan has now been derailed.

According to Rafael Rojas of Viva Colorado, an affiliate of the Denver Post, Young has been fired from his winter league team, Bravos de Margarita, for twice showing up to the ballpark late for games.

Young was also a disappointment at the plate during his short time in Venezuela, batting just .240 with a .333 OBP and three RBI in 50 at-bats for the Bravos.

It’s not yet known whether the 26-year-old infielder-outfielder will attempt to sign on with another club.

Kyle Seager is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.

This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.

The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.