Spring Training tidbits

Not much news today other than Vladimir Guerrero officially becoming an Oriole. That press conference is at 2 p.m. ET, so look for some quotes and updates later this afternoon on Orioles.com. For those who are curious, Guerrero’s locker is at the end of the row with the outfielders. He’s right next to Luke Scott with Felix Pie, who was visibly excited to Guerrero, on the other side. It’s going to be a loud corner of the clubhouse.

Here are a few other minor tidbits…

*Josh Bell arrived to camp today and said he’s about 15 pounds slimmer than when he ended last season. He hasn’t had a chance to speak to manager Buck Showalter but when told of Showalter’s high praise and mindset that Bell can make this team, he smiled and said “that’s the plan.” Bell took batting practice along with a group of position players that included Brian Roberts, J.J. Hardy, Roberto Andino, Mark Reynolds, Adam Jones and Randy Winn.

*All but five position players have now reported to camp, with Winn, Pie, Bell, Nick Green, Cesar Izturis and Nolan Reimold among those to show up on Friday. The report date for all position players is Sunday with the first official workout Monday. Nick Markakis, Derrek Lee, Ryan Adams, Luke Scott and Pedro Florimon are the five that have yet to report.

*RHP Mitch Atkins is still dealing with a left oblique strain and was sidelined from today’s activities again.

*Brad Bergesen was sent home sick from camp. He had a sore throat the other day, and as is common practice this time of year, there’s a little bug going around camp.

*Finally, people keep asking what the biggest difference to me is with Showalter running things. This being my second season on the Orioles beat I can only compare it to last year, but the biggest differences in my opinion is the overall intensity and the attention to detail. Drills are being laid out down in meticulous fashion and things are run orderly, timely and with a workman-like approach. There’s less wasted time and Showalter has been very vocal about those in camp (mainly the pitchers) getting things done right. 

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Showalter setting the tone in spring training. Fundementals used to be the Oriole way. Don’t beat yourself. Looks like we are starting where we left off. Showalter might have been the best signing this year and last year. Can’t wait until we get going for real.

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