They’ve had an entire winter to stock up on uniforms, bats, gloves and anything else needed to get through spring training. Now big league teams like the Phillies Orioles and Tigers are heading to Florida. Guess how many baseballs they’ve each packed…mostly for autographing?
The temperatures in the Midwest and East are struggling to reach respectability, but there is a sign of better weather ahead rolling down the interstate. Trucks carrying the Major League teams’ equipment are heading southward to spring training.
Ever conscious of the collecting community, teams make sure to pack enough stuff to keep themselves in business while having extras around.
Would you believe the Phillies cart over 14,000 baseballs to Florida?
Each member of the Baltimore Orioles’ 40-man roster starts the spring season with a dozen bats. “It’s very rare that a guy uses a bat from last year,” the O’s umpires attendant Fred Tyler said. “The composition of the wood can change over a long period of time. Most of the players also start the season with new gloves.”
After an improbable run to the World Series in 2006, there was excitement in the air as the Detroit Tigers’ equipment staff gathered two trucks full of stuff for distribution at the club’s Lakeland headquarters.