SPRING TRAINING GAMES BEGIN
Is there anything better at this time of the year than watching a Major League spring training game from Florida or Arizona? Tigers vs Mets today on SportsNet New York officially ended winter for me.
And with Spring games beginning onThursday, including the Jays vs Red Sox, we will try to provide some insight on Blue Jays player moves this spring. From the Blue Jays camp, it looks like Brandon League might be all right after all as he threw on the side for a second time without any pain. The Jays are also happy with Victor Zambrano’s pace and aren’t counting him out from making the roster, possibly as a reliever, this spring. 36 year-old Japanese lefty Jo Matumoto will be given an opportunity to pitch in Major League games this spring and who knows what he can do.
Jays skipper John Gibbons also indicated that rule 5 pick-up Jason Smith will play everywhere this spring as he tries to make the team as a utility player or the 25th man. Although Adam Lind is expected to begin the season in Syracuse, Gibbons isn’t ruling out him not making the team. Could the Jays still be interested in trading Reed Johnson or Alex Rios for help in the pitching department (starting pitcher or set-up man)?
Thanks go out to Assistant Professor of Marketing Scott Lathrop from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management for inviting Chiefs General Manager John Simone to participate in the “Marketing Speaker Series” on Wednesday night. John talked about Sports Marketing and Management, building interest in the community, developing alliances, the creation and launching of promotions, and the new branding of the Chiefs for the 2007 season.
The Chiefs hope to continue the association during the spring and summer sessions with Professor Lathrop and the university’s marketing program. The Marketing Speaker Series has been such a success this winter that even Post Standard reporter Matt Michael attended Wednesday night’s talk. Hopefully he enjoyed the presentation!