Major League Baseball Coming Soon!

Can’t wait!

Spring Training 2019

Pitchers and catchers reported February 13 to Spring Training as well as a few position players, including San Diego Padres phenom shortstop/2nd baseman Fernando Tatis, Jr. Four days later, position players report. True Major League Baseball fans can hardly wait for the season openers, including yours truly.

Opening Day March 28
The MLB regular season will open on its earliest day ever. All 30 teams will play on March 28, (including international games).
The previous earliest opening day was March 29.
My Teams

As a native of Massachusetts I’m all about my Red Sox, the defending World Series champs, beating the hated Dodgers. I despise the L.A. Dodgers because my adopted home is San Diego. The Padres continue to rebuild, but its owners don’t expect to contend until 2020. I’ll be one month shy of 71 when the 2020 season begins.

Back to the present. Padres Manager Andy Green has designated pitcher Joey Lucchesi as his 2019 opening day starter.

San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies by Matthew Stockman, Getty Images.

Growing up in the Fifties, I was fortunate enough that Ted Williams and his Red Sox were on TV. See my earlier post (below) at my Stories Behind the Stories blog.

In 1960, my folks decided to move to San Diego. I was eleven.

To my surprise, the Splendid Splinter had been born and raised in SD. Bonus: Teddy Ballgame played for the AAA Minor League San Diego Padres!

Unfortunately, my parents were not baseball fans. That was okay with me. (May Tina and John continue to rest in peace.)

A year or two from 2019, the Padres should be contending for a playoff spot.

From August 23 through the 25th, the defending world champs will be in town this season to take on the Padres. I’ll be at Petco Park to root on the Red Sox. My best bud, a San Diego native, won’t like that, but I will support the Pads for the rest of the season.

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Mookie Betts & David Ortiz celebrate 2018 World Series

In the end, going to any Major League, and some Minor League baseball parks, is a treat. Great way to relax.

About johnlnunes

A former journalist, John has published two novels, High Stakes Fantasy–An Alternative Reality Sports Thriller (2012) and DreamCatcher Games (2002). While not watching or reading about baseball, he is busy drafting his third novel. John has taken in games at eight Major League and at least a dozen minor league ballparks. Honorable mention: attended a Major League spring training game held in Mexicali, Mexico. More parks are in his travel plans. Obsessed with fantasy baseball for past 20 years and intrigued by sports gambling trends for much longer. Obsessive compulsive writer (what writer isn’t). After decades of newspaper & magazine reporting, plus an online freelance gig, crafting make-believe tales now has his full-time attention. Winner of national and local reporting awards. Thousands of bylines as a staff reporter and freelancer for L.A. Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sport Magazine, Elysian Fields Quarterly, San Diego Magazine, North County Times, Associated Press, others. As a newsman, he covered police, courts, politics, sports, entertainment, business, labor, government, education, technology, travel, health care, you name it. Also was in-house PR director for three major San Diego universities and one of the largest community colleges in the nation. Check out High Stakes Fantasy–An Alternative Reality Sports Thriller. Also available on Kindle:

Posted on February 15, 2019, in Baseball/Fantasy Baseball. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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