7 – Number of days until the Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers report
9 – Number of days until the Dodgers pitchers and catchers report
15 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
59 – Number of days until Opening Day
The last day of January has arrived and so has Super Bowl weekend. For the most part, it was a quiet week for the baseball hot stove. There was the announcement that Major League Baseball approved a version of a protective cap for pitchers, Michael Young and Lance Berkman both said good-bye to the game, and David Ortiz provided some headlines that it may be time to move on if the Red Sox were not willing to give him a long-term contract. Next week could very easily be a busier week in the hot stove as the Diamondbacks will be the first team to have their pitchers and catchers report. The Dodgers pitchers and catchers will report just a couple days after that and before we know it, all camps will be open. Hang in their baseball purists, the Super Bowl is Sunday and then we can punt the NFL for a long time!
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8 – Number of days until the Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers report
10 – Number of days until the Dodgers pitchers and catchers report
16 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
60 – Number of days until Opening Day
The Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers and catcher report to spring training in just ten days to Camelback Ranch and position players will surely not be far behind. On Wednesday, an interesting development surfaced regarding who will start at second base on March 22nd in Australia. The Dodgers are trying to convince Michael Young to hold off on retirement and be the team's second baseman this year. The Dodgers signed Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero to a four-year $28 million contract in October and seemed confident that he would be their second baseman in 2014. Guerrero is known for his power at the plate and the Dodgers were hoping he would be in the Opening Day lineup. Now, the Dodgers are so concerned about Guerrero's ability to play second base that they are trying to convince Young not to retire, but instead return as the team's stopgap second baseman. Either way, it seems that Guerrero will have to earn his playing time with a strong spring. If not, he could find himself in the minor leagues to start the season.
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