>I think that the subject line says it all. Why do teams submit opening
>day line-ups, sometimes complete with opening day pitchers? Or is it
>just the press speculating? I've wondered about the point or these
>line-ups (as well as the 40-man rosters) when the entire point of spring
>training is supposed to be to let the youngsters and old-timers have a
>crack at making the team.
Well, a lot of it is press speculation, but you got to remember that there is
only so much that Spring training can tell about a player's performance level
in the coming season. Spring training is short; it certainly shouldn't be
more indicative of a player's ability to perform in the season to come than
the player's performance in the few seasons past. (Unless, of course, the
player was hurt in the season before, and the Spring training is for the club
to see how well he is rehabbing.)
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