Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/21
We’re officially a full week into Spring Training and there’s no controversy here in Florida. No major news stories, either. Is this really a Mets camp?
What we learned: The Mets are instructing all catchers in their organization not to block home plate, regardless of whether Major League Baseball ratifies a new rule prohibiting plate collisions. General manager Sandy Alderson personally demonstrated proper protocol to his catchers. … No Mets player experienced a visa issue for the first time since 2010. All 64 players are officially in camp.
What we wrote:
- Den Dekker out to reclaim place in spotlight
- Backstops being trained in new plate procedures
- Parnell takes day off with tight left quad
- The gang’s all here: Full squad is in camp
Around the league:
- Sandy Koufax hit with batted ball at Dodgers Spring Training
- Masahiro Tanaka impresses in first live BP session
They said it:
“Say, for example, it’s Game 6 of the World Series and I’m told I can’t block the plate. Well, my instincts are going to tell me to save that run being scored. That’s part of the game that every catcher enjoys. It’s our thrill, like the infielder making a diving play in the hole and throwing someone out from his knees.” –Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud on MLB’s pending collision rule
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