Let it begin!
The 2009 Major League Baseball season has finally gotten underway with the reporting of catchers and pitchers to Spring Training.
Today, Saturday February 14th (a.k.a. Valentine's Day), the Texas Rangers catchers and pitchers showed up in Surprise, Arizona to begin workouts for another season.
Along with all the pitchers and catchers invited to Spring Training a good handful of position players arrived in camp as well. Josh Hamilton (pictured above), Ian Kinsler, Chris Davis, David Murphy, Hank Blalock, Justin Smoak, German Duran, and Brandon Boggs have all reported and already begun workout at the Rangers facility in Surprise.
Although it is not uncommon for position players to arrive early to camp, given the names of the players that have arrived, it's hard not to get just a little excited about the early dedication these players are showing.
The rest of the position players don't have to report for camp until Wednesday and then the first full-squad workouts will begin on Thursday morning.
The team's Spring opener is February 25th, with their neighbors at the Surprise facility, the Kansas City Royals. Then the season opener is April 6th against the Cleveland Indians.
As for the Ranger broadcasts, it is good news for the Rangers faithful. The team will be broadcasting five games on Fox Sports Southwest during Spring Training, 18 games on the radio between 1080 AM and 105.3 FM, and eight more games on the Rangers web site.
During the rest of Spring Training, I'm going to write a few more articles about the team and what questions the team needs to answer during this season and for next.