Rockpile Rumblings Spring Training – Day 3

The third day saw a few more early arrivals. I heard today that there is a house where seven players are living there together. It may not be a bad idea when you are in the minor leagues and are trying to save money. If you think about it, and if you are dedicated to your job, all you really need is a place to sleep. Most of your time is spent at the ballpark.
    Another beautiful day saw about the identical workout that we had yesterday. Stretch, throwing program, defensive work, then batting practice. All is going well and the players that are in camp early look solid.
   After our workout the staff meetings began. Assistant GM Bill Gievett opened the session with the state of where we were, where we are at, and where we are headed. The emphasis on ways we can improve are being more aware with not only our task at hand but the people around us as well. We all have a responsibility to make sure we dig into any issues as soon as possible and correct them so they don’t linger on. Also be more precise on getting to know the players/teammates background. The message has been sent to our big league team and it is our duty to carry that out to the players coming up through the system. In 2007, we ventured into the playoffs and earned the right to play in the World Series. In 2009 another playoff run but fell short. Last season, hopes were high during the spring but dreams fizzled quick with injuries and underachievment. More leaders are needed to step up thoughout the system and that is our goal. Play as a team and strive to help and correct any issue.
    All coordinators in their respective area followed up. We covered pitching w/former Asheville Tourists pitching coach Doug Linton, Outfield/Baserunning w/former Tourists player Trenidad Hubbard, Infield w/former Tourists hitting coach Dave Hajek, Hitting w/Jimmy Johnson, Catching w/Marv Foley, Athletic trainers goals w/Scott Muryama, Strength and Conditioning w/Gabe Bauer and Mental Skills w/Ron Svetich. All rovers went over the basic goals and fundamentals in their field just to review and update any changes.
     Until tomorrow, take time to help someone today and don’t take any day for granted.
May God Bless and Never Surrender!!!!
-Joe Mikulik

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