There’s a Buzz Around Camp and Spring is Finally Here
If you didn’t know, Thursday was the official start of spring. Now, what does that mean to the average baseball fan? Well, if you are a frequent visitor on twitter and other social media outlets, it means you’ve probably been seeing a lot of these:
Here at PNC Field, we’d like to think the season started today, but since we are still a little less than two weeks away it means our pals up north have a little more time to fix their snowy situation as the Chiefs are trying everything thing possible to get NBT Bank Stadium ready for our Opening Day tilt on April 3. We hope by then all the snow is gone, but it wouldn’t be April baseball without having to worry about the elements.
It’s worth noting that come Saturday, March 22, the RailRiders’ front office will be hosting their first Family Fest, presented by WVIA, in the Mohegan Club level at PNC Field from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Curious George will be on hand for a 30-minute meet-and-greets at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.
The fun goes beyond monkey business too. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a behind-the-scenes tour of PNC Field, which claimed national Ballpark of the Year honors this off-season from Ballpark Digest. Festivities include the opportunity to tour the home and visiting clubhouses as well as the dugouts and the pristine field, weather permitting. The team store, SWB Station, will be open and concessions will be available. Memberships for the Quills Kids Club presented by Hildebrandt Learning Centers will be available for purchase and available seats will be marked for the multiple ticket packages the RailRiders offer. This offers fans the chance to pick their seats for multiple games at great rates – the packages start at only $35.
With that said, let’s move on to some more baseball-specific content. It seems the competition for the Yankees’ fifth starter position could be coming to a close as multiple journalist covering the team seem to believe that prospect, Michael Pineda, should be in line for the honor, and the spot could be his to lose.
Based on Girardi’s pregame comments, Michael Pineda is the favorite for the final spot in the rotation. Girardi may decide by end of weekend
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) March 20, 2014
Originally thought to be beginning the season in Triple-A, as noted by Donnie Collins. Pineda pitched his previous spring outing against a pseudo Red Sox lineup and was impressive in his 60-pitch limit. Pineda’s appearance wasn’t the only buzz of the day as a swarm of bees took over left field. It you haven’t seen the footage of the incident quite yet, it’s worth taking a look at.
Pineda winning the fifth starting spot could have a drastic impact on how the RailRiders’ rotation and bullpen iron out. Originally thought to at least be starting the year with both Pineda and Dellin Betances, it appears both of them have worked their way on to the Yankees’ 25-man roster, as per @MLBDepthCharts.
It appears the Yankees are ready to trim the competition for the fifth starters spot down as Daniel Barbarisi of the New York Times notes, Vidal Nuno and Adam Warren have both been told they will no longer start games and instead are being regulated to bullpen duty the rest of spring. Barbarisi notes that Warren could potentially end up in the big league bullpen, while Nuno could be ticketed to make starts for the RailRiders.
Speaking of Mr. Collins, if you don’t frequent his blog daily, you really should. With the season just two weeks away, Collins began his countdown of the top 15 Yankees prospects. It’s a great read and Donnie includes a lot of valuable information about Nik Turley who was optioned to RailRiders camp earlier this spring and today takes a look at third base prospect, Robin Segedin.
On Tuesday, we provided a quick snippet on whether Scott Sizemore could potentially begin the year in Triple-A instead of breaking camp with the big league club. It turns out, Chad Jennings, provided a little more fuel to fire Thursday when he included his opinion on Sizemore during his Thursday notes:
“Joe Girardi has been hesitant on whether Sizemore has enough time to play in games and actually break camp with the team. At this point, it seems — just my opinion — that it might make more sense to send him to Triple-A to get back in a game routine for a month or so before deciding whether he’s ready to play a big league role.”
That does it for today’s blog and, just as a general reminder: Think Spring.
— SWB RailRiders (@swbrailriders) March 20, 2014