The games may not count, but with the 2016 exhibition season underway, baseball has finally returned. Split squads, games pitting professionals against amateurs, and a slew of players who have little chance of cracking an Opening Day roster are all on display as we creep closer to the regular season.
While meaningful baseball is only four weeks away, those four weeks will feel like four months, especially when things begin to go awry. Injuries, ineffectiveness and any number of off-field distractions all contribute to chipping away at the optimism that currently permeates through every team's camp.
And we've already begun to see those chips emerge.
Have injuries forced two teams to look outside their organizations for replacements? Will one of the game's premier sluggers get his wish? Is a once highly touted prospect about to become the victim of a numbers game?
We'll hit on all of that and more in this week's edition of Fact or Fiction.