The day is finally here. Baseball season is officially back, as spring training begins for the KC Royals.
Today, pitchers and catchers officially report to the spring training complex in Surprise, Arizona. However, official workouts do not begin until tomorrow.
Next week (Tuesday to be exact), the entire squad will be in camp to officially get the 2016 season underway.
I am sure every player is in the best shape of their life (isn’t that what they always say?).
Today also begins the quest to once again prove those pesky PECOTA Projections wrong. They predict the World Series champion Royals to win just 76 games and finish in last place in the American League Central behind the Cleveland Indians (who I feel has the best 1-5 rotation in the Majors if they all stay healthy). They project teams like Milwaukee and San Diego to finish with better records than the Royals.
Do I think the Royals made themselves a whole lot better in the offseason? No. But did they get worse? No.
That is why you play the game. I’m sure the projections are being laughed out in the spring training clubhouse and will be once again used as motivation and bulletin board material.
So if you are dealing with the awful cold like I am right now, celebrate today knowing that Opening Day is right around the corner.
UPDATE: The Royals announced that they extended both manager Ned Yost and GM Dayton Moore. Yost is extended for two more years after this season (so through 2018), while Moore is for an unspecified period of time.