The Oakland Aís traded for Jed Lowrie, just 11 months after he signed a 3-year contract with the Houston Astros, and he may become the teamís new shortstop given Marcus Semienís defensive problems last year.
Troy Tulowitzki will see Philadelphia in mid-June before visiting his former team in Denver at the end of the month.
Pitching coach Jim Czajowksi (#48) holds court with the hurlers, including Turner Lee (#28), Tayler Saucedo (#38) and Michael Kraft. Catcher Kevin Garcia (#30) also listens in.
Ronald Torreyes ó wearing #1 ó greets Max Stassi after a solo home run that tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning.
Lefty Daniel Norris was given his first major league start in front of the hometown faithful.
Adam Lind belts a walk-off homer and is getting ready to be mobbed by his teammates after a 10th inning blast off Seattle's Shawn Kelley September 26, 2009. It was Lind's second homer of the game to help the Jays beat the M's 5-4.
Dalton Pompey is greeted by first base coach Tim Leiper after a single to lead off the second inning. Pompey was later picked off at first.
There are a couple of administrative items that I thought I would cover in a separate thread. They concern new member registration and posting challenges.
In case you didn't notice we cut off new member registrations a month or so ago, for the second time. The reason was to stop spam registrations. At Batters Box we have a two step registration process, you fill out a few details and then we can approve you or not. We have always been actively deleting spam registrations so our membership list doesn't get bloated. Over the past few years we would get between 50 and 70 spam applications per day. We would know they are spam usually by the registration name, either it was an incomprehensible mix of letters, numbers and symbols or it fitted a pattern where there is a name followed by say two numbers and we would have ten requests by jim10, jim 12, and so on. This was a pain in the butt but we could manage.
Little help here, Bauxites ... is there a legitmate reason a player's uniform number might be used (after it is "retired") by someone OTHER that that specific retired player? (In other words, I am not looking for examples of players with retired numbers who came back to uniformed status, presumably either to manage or coach, if perhaps only in Spring Training?
I can think of at least two instances it has actually happened -- indeed, I expect most baseball fans can at least think of the first one I will mention -- but are there others? Read on and let everyone know of any other instances you can recall where this has already happened, or at least a situation (give a specific example if possible) where that legitimately COULD happpen.
The first example, of course ...
As we start the new season here in Da Box we need a few fine men or women. Our writing schedule has us publishing a series thread for the major league Blue Jays, our regular minor league updates, and other thoughts that our writers feel compelled to make public.
However, several roster members have allowed the real world to interfere with their Box duties and we could use some help.
Otherwise, how are you getting ready for the first game of 81 at the Thunderdome? Do you have a ticket? Will you be watching on TV? Listening on the radio? Checking your cell phone or iPod (that'll be me!)? How are you celebrating the return of the regular season?
This was the scene during last year's home opener. R.A. Dickey will begin the 2013 campaign with his first knuckleball for strike one at 7:07 p.m. Eastern Time.