Pitchers, pitchers, everywhere.
The first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers is largely a one-sided event – there are five catchers in camp and 29 pitchers. That means catchers do a lot of squatting and a little hitting, and pitchers get the lions share of attention from coaches.
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And pitchers in the news?
Right-hander Felix Hernandez, listed last year at 225 pounds, reported at 212 pounds in an effort to get stronger. Is he quicker?
"We'll find out on the field," he said.
Right-hander Luis Munoz arrived a day after his teammates, held up by visa problems in the Dominican Republic.
Left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith is pondering the toughest decision of his young career – whether to stay in camp and fight for a spot in Seattle's starting rotation or take the opportunity to pitch for Australia in the World Baseball Classic.
It's unfair for baseball to put young players in the position of making that decision, but there are players in most camps facing it. If they choose to represent their country, they put their chances of making their major league team in jeopardy.
There's 29-year-old rookie Chris Jakubauskas, who said he has forgotten how many times someone has asked how to pronounce his name (It's jak-uh-bow-skus). "People just call me 'Jak,'" he said. "If someone says 'Chris,' I don't even turn around, any more. It's just 'Jak.'"
Oh, and Erik Bedard is in camp, wary of the media. I approached him and told him I wanted him in a photo shoot, and would he mind posing in his underwear on the bullpen mound.
"Yeah, I'll be right out," he said. "You go wait."