Topic: Spring Training

March 12, 2014

It's spring. Jason Giambi is leading, Ian Kinsler is taking umbrage, and Bartolo Colon is eating balloon animals at birthday parties. So, pretty much the usual.

February 27, 2014

Baseball's foggy, fussy mythos remains one of its biggest selling points, for better or worse. But even heroes are humans in the spring, and everything seems bigger and brighter and better when you're a kid.

March 18, 2013

Spring Training baseball, in Arizona and in general, is a long way from the game fans are used to, for better and worse. But if Spring Training isn't quite like regular baseball, neither is it quite like anything else.

March 7, 2013

Getting loose, jogging through some desultory in-game outfield sprints, finding our arm slots and feeling raw terror at the prospect of a well-armed and irked Kirk "Ted Nugent Is A Friend" Gibson. Spring Training is a time for figuring things out.

April 3, 2012

Spring Training is almost over, and the internet's foremost tumblr'ed repository of awful Spring Training art—Patrick Sullivan's Bad Spring Training Twitpics—is pretty well gone, too. In conversation, Sullivan remembers good times and terrible photos.

March 22, 2012

It's not quite baseball season. But whenever former teammates give each others' phone numbers out on Twitter, and wherever Major League teams seem ready to give Jack Cust at-bats, Yakkin' About Baseball will be there.

March 9, 2012

Wind sprints in the outfield. Awkward silences in the broadcast booth. Terrified-looking teenagers wearing uniform numbers in the high double-digits. It's a good thing. It's a very good thing, actually.

February 28, 2012

Managers get creative during Spring Training in part because it is the time of least resistance, a low-consequence environment. Trying something rash in March is not the same as trying something rash in October, when a bad outcome can destroy a career even if it was not the result of a bad decision.

February 22, 2012

Pitchers are pitching. Catchers are catching. Even the chunkiest junkballers are in the best shape of [their] lives. For those yet to receive our engraved Spring Training invitations, there's nothing to do but talk about it.