Spring Training’s intimacy draws Tigers’ fans from everywhere

There’s a magnetism to spring training. Fans of all ages from all corners of the world are drawn to the sun soaked ballparks of Florida and Arizona to watch Major League Baseball’s preseason.

Blue Jays’ John La Prise bounces back from injury

DUNEDIN, Fla. — John La Prise has never been to Toronto, but he is genuinely hyped to be playing for Canada’s beloved Blue Jays and their minor league affiliates. The second baseman was born exactly two months before the Jays beat his hometown Phillies to win the 1993 World Series. Now, 23 years later, he’s […]

Rays prospect Unroe uses father’s career as benchmark

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays prospect Riley Unroe is always trying to outplay his baseball pedigree. Unroe knew what he had to accomplish at each stage of his career. Having a father who had been a professional baseball player gave him the perfect benchmark. “If it was little league and he hit .500 […]

The baseball doesn’t fall far from the tree

Sarasota, Fla.- Baseball traditions run deep in Steve Johnson’s family. The Baltimore Orioles right-handed pitcher continues to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Major League ballplayer. Steve Johnson’s father Dave Johnson has been a coach and mentor to help mould himself into a potential everyday pitcher. “Its been nice to have somebody who’s actually […]

Hometown boy fighting for backup catcher duty on Baltimore Orioles.

SARASOTA,Fla — Steve Clevenger has an opportunity in front of him that most young baseball players can only dream of. The Baltimore, Maryland native has come into Orioles spring training fighting for the backup catcher position on the club he grew up watching. But first Clevenger has some work to do while in Sarasota to […]

Reliever Darren O’Day adds changeup to submarine artillery

SARASOTA, Fla. — Heading into his third season with the Baltimore Orioles, right-handed pitcher Darren O’Day looks to continue to his winning ways. The submarine delivery that O’Day has employed since his days at the University of Florida has served him well in his first two years in Baltimore, compiling a 5-3 record with a 2.18 ERA last season. But there is always room for improvement.

Schwind adjusts to life behind the dish

BRADENTON, Fla. – Jonathan Schwind is proving that he can catch any curveball, even those that are thrown off the field. The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Schwind in the 41st round of the 2011 draft as a catcher despite never having played the position. “I had never caught before in high school or in college. I […]