Why spring training doesn’t matter

I’m excited for baseball season, but spring training can be a drag. After all, the games and stats are almost entirely meaningless. Remember how well Josh Phelps did last year?

The ultimate reminder really came in 2005 in the form of Tony Womack. In the spring, he hit .410, including 3 triples and a home run. What a force he was going to be at the top of that lineup! And after that he proceeded to be one of the worst offensive players in baseball.

So while I’m pleased with Shelley Duncan’s monster spring, I’m tempering my enthusiasm. And when Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina, or whoever else has a bad start, I’m not losing any sleep.

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