Full squad works out, including Magglio

Magglio Ordonez looked like someone very much happy and at peace as he worked out at camp for the first time today. Of course, coming off a batting title and seeing the lineup he has around him, it would be very difficult to make this a season of discontent.

"I’m enjoying the game more," he said. "I think the older you get, the more you enjoy the game."

It was interesting listening to him talk about last season and how he can follow it up. On the one hand, he said last year is in the past, and that this is a new year. But then, he said he tried to do everything this offseason like he did last offseason.

With position players having their first workout this morning, Edgar Renteria also made his first appearance. Not surprisingly, he’s excited about playing for this team and all, thinks they have a chance to win it all, etc. One interesting point: When asked about the transition to the American League and in what ways this is different than his off year in Boston in 2005, he said he’s ready for the move this time around.

"That year was a bad year," Renteria said. "Everybody can have a bad year. This year, I’m more prepared to play."

All in all, it was a good first full-squad workout, according to Jim Leyland. He met with the position players, told them what to expect this spring, and said again that they haven’t done anything yet and that Cleveland is the defending AL Central champion. Miguel Cabrera looked good in batting practice, absolutely blistering some line drives, but the surprise to me was how well he laid down bunts during that drill. Not that we’ll see that in games, of course, but I think it says something about him as a hitter.

Magglio, for his part, looked like he hadn’t had an offseason, hitting nearly every ball squarely in BP.  He said he was trying to get timing back, but it was hard to tell.

Other stuff …

  • Brandon Inge said this morning that his workouts at catcher are pretty much done for now. He’s now working in the infield, taking ground balls at third base on Wednesday, and will get some work around the middle infield in the coming days. One would assume he’ll take part in some outfield drills at some point, but we’ll see.
  • Gary Sheffield did not participate in full workouts Wednesday and might not do so on Thursday, either, but it’s unrelated to his surgically repaired shoulder. Leyland characterized it as "personal reasons," but Sheffield was in the clubhouse on Wednesday morning and afternoon.
  • Leyland called minor-league first baseman Jeff Larish the smartest guy in camp, because he grew his hair long like Ordonez. He was one of the minor-league hitters Leyland spent some time watching in BP this morning, and true to form, he was hitting some long-distance shots. "The hair looks better when they hit it over the fence," Leyland said.
  • Some folks have emailed asking about James Skelton and how he looks in camp. Talked to him today, and he said he put on some weight over the offseason, about 8-10 pounds. He was listed at 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds in the media guide. He still looks like a middle infielder at first glance until you see the catching gear, but he’s holding his own around here.


Thank you, Jason, for a wonderful report. For those of us who seldom see a Tigers game, let alone take trips to Lakeland, your words put us right there with the team.


Do you seriously need to sleep during Spring Training. I mean come on, in the evenings you could catch flights to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela and tell us how the Tigers are perceived in these countries where our stars hail. I know everybody would love to hear a story about eating barbecue with Placido’s father!

Of course I’m kidding– you spoil us with all the other articles and they definitely help break up the monotony in the office for me. The only articles I don’t want to read are “Tigers Battling Injuries” or other bad news. I have to admit that as the page is loading for me, I always wince hoping that there isn’t an article saying “Rogers to See Doctor about Shoulder” or some other injury report.

If this team stays healthy and focused, we will be extremely spoiled fans. Have a great day guys.

Jason –
I may have missed it, but has

anyone spoke of Brandon Inge as an insurance policy against

Sheffield getting hurt again?Cabrera, if he proves to be a

liability at 3B, moving to DH

and BI moving right back to his 3B position. Ortiz…Hafner..Cabrera?

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