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JakeTrain72 wrote:I thought ST was played so people like us could go back and forth and try to figure out if it means anything. Then when we get sick of debating the topic, the season opens and we all go along for the ride forgetting ST until next year.
jvmillion83 wrote:Spring Training matters if you are smart enough to separate things that you should pay attention to and things that you should take with a grain of salt. The Gabe Gross, Andruw Jones thing for example doesn't even compare. Gross is almost penciled in as a career backup OF while Andruw Jones has been a promising hitter for so long now, going into a season where he was 27 or 28. We even heard reports that the batting stance change was helping him. Rule number 1 to ST; know how good a guy is before you look deeper into their ST performance.
I dont think its accurate to say that you should just ignore everything that has happened. For example, Johnny Gomes has been on a tear since Mexican winter ball in 04 and still on one in the spring. And hes 25 so its not like a 31 year old backup OF has 8 hrs already. But Andy Tracy of the Orioles has also been on a tear but we all know that his role isn't as big as Gomes. He knows he has no future playing an important role w a big league club.
Ender wrote:Ryan Howard with HR #5,6 today in ST. I have not been on his bandwagon so far but he sure is getting more and more tempting the more he jacks them.
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