Full Squad In Peoria

The Mariners full squad is now together in spring training, with roughly 60 players battling to make the Mariners 25-man opening day roster.

Today was the first day of “live batting practice” sessions, in which a Mariners pitcher tries to get a Mariners hitter out – but with no defense, no base running, and a batting cage. It’s like a half-imaginary baseball game. We’ve got to ease into these things, you know. Can’t just jump right into 9-vs-9 for nine innings.

Spring training is actually shorter this year. The first exhibition game is only five days away, on Wednesday. There is still a full month’s worth of exhibition games, but the lead-in to the games is several days shorter than in previous years. This is a good thing – pretty much everyone in baseball thinks that spring training is too long.

So starting next week we’ll have reports from actual games. In the meantime, we have more news from the workouts.

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