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Episode 27: Spring Has Sprung

Jesse Spector

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This photo of Ronald Torreyes helping Giancarlo Stanton open a jar of pickles was taken, no joke, by Butch Dill. It has nothing to do with the rest of this post or today's podcast episode, but there you go. (Photo by Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)

There is actual, real, live baseball to talk about! Exhibition baseball, but baseball! On the field and stuff!

The Yankees are 4-0 in the Grapefruit League, which means absolutely nothing, but hey, it’s always neat when a team is undefeated, right?

What’s not neat is that Clint Frazier suffered a concussion when he banged his head into a fence on Saturday, and the Yankees’ main job with Frazier will be to protect him from himself, because even if a concussion presents as “mild,” it’s still a brain injury, and the last thing anyone wants is for something that can be handled with rest to turn into a long-term problem, because that’s not just on the field, that’s life.

Meanwhile, Aaron Judge is ready to play on Wednesday, which is right on schedule for him after offseason shoulder surgery.

Russell Wilson made his appearance at spring training, taking batting practice with the stars and basically giving elite professional athletes a peer to be able to talk to. If you’re going to have a publicity stunt, this is one of the better ways to do it, because it can have a real benefit to your team.

Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher are on board with the Yankees as special advisors. A-Rod was last year, too, but he was still under contract then. Again, good to have people that players can talk to who they will want to talk to and can be fresh, but trusted, voices from outside the day-to-day coaching staff.

And, yeah, it’s super early and nothing means very much on the field, but still some thoughts on the spring starts of Brandon Drury, Tylelr Wade, Justus Sheffield, Chance Adams, and Miguel Andujar — the hero of Monday night’s 4-3 win over the Phillies with his game-tying double and his walkoff home run.

Jesse Spector is a national columnist for FanRag Sports, based in New York. The host of "Jesse Spector Is..." on Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Radio, Jesse is the former national baseball writer and national hockey writer for Sporting News. Before that, he was the Rangers beat writer for the New York Daily News, and the writer of the Touching Base baseball blog. Jesse also has written for Newsday, Baseball America, ESPN SportsTicker, and The Associated Press.

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