Schlereth update: Hamstring feeling better

Talked this morning with Daniel Schlereth. He’s still limping around after straining his left hamstring yesterday, but he isn’t quite as bad as feared.

“I expected it to be a lot more sore today, but it’s not,” he said. “I rode the bike today and it felt OK.”

Schlereth isn’t sure when he’ll be able to pitch again, since he hasn’t deal with an injury like this before. But it sounds like it should be a minor road block in his spring.

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Discussing Boesch, Leyland said: “Nobody has ever caught the ball with two hands in the history of the game.”
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This is interesting. Jim is correct up to a point. I know growing up we were taught to always put the free hand up there behind the glove unless it was a running catch. One handing the catch was considered “hot dogging” and “being nonchalant.” I did as I was taught but never really quite understood the purpose of the free hand behind the glove.
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I think that method carried over from the late 19th and early 20th century when they used those tiny floppy gloves. If you ever see those old grainy films of guys playing catch and mugging for the camera, you may actually see them using their second hand to bring the ball into the glove.
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At any rate, Boesch needs to improve his fielding about 200%. He can be Matt Stairs if he wants, but remember that Matt is 43 years old.
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Nice start to spring training so far. I’ll be there on Saturday in Dunedin. Can’t wait.
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–Rich

There are no words to express how much I would love to be in Lakeland. Enjoy it, Rich, and try to let us in on some things you take note of. That would be fun!
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My fun is watching the game, as we speak, on MLB Network. Course, I already know the outcome, but just seeing them play is heaven enough.

I don’t know how many of you guys caught this today, if you blinked you missed it? On ESPN’s baseball page for about two hours, there was a story about Kearns from Cleveland who right before spring training was arrested forva DUI, and also threw out the I am a baseball player card! It wasn’t mentioned on Baseball Tonight or the similar show on MLB channel, not on their crawlers or anything!!!!
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This bothers the crap out of me, yes I know Miguel is a star and Kearns is not, but if they are going to persecute Miguel and for days tell us how he needs rebab or whatever and then they don’t even make a mention of this occurrence, well too me it just isn’t right!!!
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Gk

Last time I will probably rip into Johnny Damon.
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I didn’t like the signing last year and felt he was far too over-rated and far too self absorbed with past success. Tore into him as being the single biggest disappointment in the club last year.
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Glad they didn’t try to keep him. Tired of all the BS he feeds fans, baseball teams and media. Now he is saying he never would have signed with the Tigers had he known they weren’t going to keep him this year. Says he would have signed with the Red Sox. Remember all the bash and love talk we heard from the damons last year?
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Over-rated–over paid and under production. That is Johnny Damon. We’re blessed not to have him on our roster.

Enjoy your trip Rich. I was in Florida last week. Beautiful weather. Last Wednesday my wife and I visited the park in the late afternoon. By the time we got there, not too much was going on.
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There were a handful of young players taking grounders on the near field to the right of JM as you are standing at the front of the ball park. It was just nice being there.
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We walked inside the park and eventually around to the grass berm in left field. I got some pictures of the osprey on top of the light tower in right center. They were adding to the nest, flying in with some fairly large sticks. Osprey are everywhere in Florida.
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When we walked back around to the front, lo and behold, the gates were all locked…….we were locked in. Only could happen to us. So I had to climb the iron fence on the right side of the concession deck and jump to the ground. Nobody was around but I felt like I was trespassing. My wife wasn’t going to try even with my help but we thought she might have a better chance climbing over the small gate with the sign reading something like”authorized personnel only”. It was funny because as she tried climbing the gate, it swung open. Still, no one saw us (I assume) and we got away unscathed.
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Word to the wise…..when wandering around inside Joker Marchant late in the afternoon on a non game day, exit before 4:45 pm.
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On the way out we checked out the parking place signs and noticed Ernie’s place is still there. The only filled parking space was Dave D.’s. I doubt he was still in the park though.
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Then we noticed that there was a game on scheduled on Friday. Never checked to see what team. We came back Friday and discovered it was the Florida Southern team. Fair enough. We still had a nice afternoon of baseball. Good seats, in section 204, 4 rows up on the Tigers side.
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The game was poorly played though. Southern looked really nervous and made some costly errors. Plus the Tiger players were hitting everything. Victor struck out in his only at bat. Raburn was hitting the ball hard. Boesch crushed one. Starters only batted once and then there were a lot of players I’d never even heard of. Ended 17-5, with Southern scoring 5 in the 9th off of Oliveros and some poor Tiger defense.
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I took some great pictures including JL and his son standing together just between the right side of the backstop net and the Tiger’s dugout. And I took several pictures of Al Kaline’s grandson batting and also taking his lead off of 1st. I wish there were some way I could share them on the blog. They really are good.

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Lastly, on Thursday we drove over to Titusville and had the privilege of watching the Discovery shuttle launch. First time I ever saw one of these. We drove over there early and staked our spot at the very top of the beautiful new causeway bridge that crosses over to Merritt Island from downtown Titusville. If you get the chance, there is another one going up in April.

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