Thursday, January 15, 2009
"Human Rain Delay" Invited To Spring Training
This afternoon Our Washington Nationals released their "To Date" Spring Training Roster for 2009. 63 Total players are currently scheduled to report to Viera, Florida's Space Coast Stadium and its surrounding fields in Mid-February. 39 Players are currently on The 40-Man Roster. 24 additional players are signed to Minor League Contracts with invitations to Big League Camp. And there was one little surprise on the Non-Roster Invitee List today. "The Human Rain Delay" is back. Yes, Jesus Colome apparently signed a non-guaranteed minor league deal in an attempt to return to Washington's Roster for a third consecutive season.
"No, you are kidding me," replied The African Queen when I told her of the news. She then immediately went into her Colome imitation--pretending to tug on her imaginary cap, pull up her jersey shoulder, slowly walk around the mound--then finally look in for the sign--eventually throwing the baseball. It was funny.
Additionally, Top Prospects Jordan Zimmermann and Destin Hood are on the Non-Roster List. Zimmermann will be given every chance to make a good impression and go north when Washington breaks camp on April 2nd. Hood most likely on-board just to get his feet wet and experience The Big Leagues and the surrounding environs.
Pitchers and Catchers report on February 14th. Position Players report on February 17th. The first full squad workout is set for February 19th. First Pre-Season Game is scheduled for February 25th at Kissmimee against The Houston Astros. Washington will play their Spring Home Opener at Space Coast Stadium the very next day at 1:05PM versus The Detroit Tigers.
Here's The Press Release:
NATIONALS SET TO BEGIN SPRING TRAINING IN 30 DAYS
63 players currently slated to participate in big league camp
The Washington Nationals will begin their annual Spring Training in 30 days, when pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to the club’s spring headquarters in Viera, FL. This year’s spring regiment will include 48 days based in Florida as well as two exhibition contests against the Beltway-rival Baltimore Orioles in Norfolk, VA (April 3) and Washington D.C. (April 4).
The Nationals currently have 63 players scheduled to participate in major league camp, including 39 players who are on the team’s 40-man roster and 24 invitees who have agreed to non-guaranteed minor league contracts. The Nationals organization (2005-current) has never entered Spring Training with fewer than 70 players in big league camp.
The team’s report/workout dates are as follows: pitchers/catchers report (February 14), position players report (February 17), first full-squad workout (February 19).
The Florida-based portion of the Nationals’ spring schedule is comprised of 32 Grapefruit League contests and one exhibition game. Their Grapefruit League schedule will commence on February 25 with a road tilt against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, FL, before the Nationals host the Detroit Tigers the following day for their home opener. The Nationals will host 15 games at Space Coast Stadium—14 Grapefruit League affairs and an exhibition contest against Italy’s World Baseball Classic team on March 3.
Individual-game tickets for the Nationals’ spring contests at Space Coast Stadium will be available beginning Saturday (January 17) at 10:00 a.m. They can be purchased at the Space Coast Stadium Box Office, online at nationals.com, or by calling 888.632.NATS(6287). Tickets for the Nationals-Orioles game on April 4 at Nationals Park will be available to the public when individual-game regular-season tickets go on sale in February, and proceeds from the game will benefit the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.
The Non-Roster Invitee List (Click on the picture to expand)