The East Coast is frozen solid. The South has been hit with everything from floods to blizzards. The Pacific Northwest is soaked in torrential downpours.
Here in the Southwest, we call that baseball weather.
The weather outside might be frightful for the rest of the country, but down our way it just means Spring Training is right around the corner.
Out in sunny Arizona, pitchers and catchers have already arrived en masse to gear up for Cactus League play, and over the next couple of weeks, the slow trickle of position players will quickly become a steady stream into camp.
In fact, Spring Training is really a collusion of two different camps.
On the one hand, teams have their starters and veterans. Guys who sport guaranteed, multi-million dollar contracts and, barring serious injury, a spot on the Opening Day roster.
The only thing they need to worry about is getting in shape for the long season ahead.
Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu will not be fighting for a job in Tempe this year.
On the other hand, Terry Evans, Ryan Budde, and Trevor Bell will.
This Spring, the only starting position battle yet to be locked up on the Angels roster is third base, and Brandon Wood has been all but handed the job.
Instead, managers and coaches will be using the time to anticipate which of their Minor League stars will make it in the Majors and when.
The Angels in the outfield are starting to show some age, the infield's future remains murky, and there is still no clear-cut No. 1 pitcher or catcher.
Now is the time for the Halo youth to shine.
Say what you want about the importance of Spring Training numbers. What matters is how these youngsters perform against big league talent in front of their big league managers.
Today's Spring standout could be next year's All-Star MVP.
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