Dan Duquette boarded a flight to Tampa early Sunday afternoon. Joining him were a few members of the Orioles front office. When Duquette arrives at work on Monday morning, he’ll no doubt be pleased to find many members of the Orioles already working out.
Manager Buck Showalter arrived in Sarasota early last week. Pitchers and catchers aren’t technically supposed to report until Tuesday and position players until Friday, but with so many on hand, Showalter may be forced to hold some of their eagerness back.
It’s a good problem to have.
Last year, nearly all of the position players reported ahead of schedule, and with spring training elongated because of the World Baseball Classic, you might think players would want to report later.
Adam Jones will arrive today, he tweeted last week. He’ll be one of those leaving camp for a few weeks to play with the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic.
Pedro Strop will leave too, to play for the Dominican Republic and Luis Ayala is listed on Mexico’s roster though there’s some thought he won’t. Two minor league catchers will leave, too.
Orioles eager to get underway
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