It feels like just yesterday that the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals and celebrated a World Series title, but with Major League Baseball’s spring training in full swing, the 2014 season is just on the horizon.
Even now it feels like the regular season is light-years away, but MLB on Twitter accurately pointed out that spring training is where successful campaigns start:
The Red Sox understand that better than perhaps any other team, and manager John Farrell wants his team to treat this year’s spring training as a clean slate after their World Series triumph, according to Mike Bauman of MLB.com:
To get back to a mindset that was from the first day of Spring Training last year, and not the most recent memory-- which was a great one-- but to recognize that there was a lot of work, a journey that went into getting that final out recorded in Fenway. I think as you've been around the guys since they've reported, the conversation, the talk is about what we do today, and not what's happened previous. In a nutshell, that was probably the overall message.
Most teams likely feel the same way, and while some probably realize that a championship in 2014 isn’t necessarily realistic, spring training is an important tool for squads of all skill levels.
It is also a big deal for every player regardless of his age or experience. Veteran players will use spring training as a way to get their feel and timing down leading up to the season, while rookies view it as an opportunity to make their mark.
Spring training statistics are more important for some players than others, but fans take great interest in them regardless.
With that in mind, here is a full listing of every MLB team’s official spring training rosters, along with stats that will be updated after each game.
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