Much like the month of September, spring training can be the Grand Deceiver in baseball. While veterans are more or less using the time to round slowly into shape, kids and those fighting for a job aim to come out blazing, leading to some misleading statistics. I'm reminded of the spring training scene in "Major League" when Pedro Cerrano is tearing the cover off the ball in batting practice, and a marveling coach wonders where they found this guy. Manager Lou Brown motions for the pitcher to start throwing curve balls, which leads to Cerrano flailing away haplessly at pitch after pitch. You see that same scene, though less flamboyantly, every year.
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