Good and bad things happen during spring training, not just in the regular and postseason when more people are likely to be paying attention.
There are a lot of players to look at and evaluate over the course of spring training, and maybe someone originally overlooked has a great couple of weeks and makes the 25-man roster once the season starts. This we will deem “a good thing.”
On the other hand, a star acquired in the offseason could come into camp and immediately injure himself, resulting in a lost season. This we will deem “a bad thing.”
To give you a couple of examples from the 2012 spring training, let’s use the Boston Red Sox.
No one knew who Pedro Ciriaco was until spring training, when he hit everything in sight. He didn’t make the Opening Day roster, but was remembered for his heroics in February and March and got a chance later in the year. Also, the Red Sox had just traded for closer Andrew Bailey, but he injured his thumb and wasn’t able to pitch until mid-August.
Now that I’ve explained what has happened in the past, let’s a take look at what could happen in the future. Here are the best- and worst-case scenarios for each team once spring ball begins in a few weeks.