Saturday: Pitchers and catchers open spring training
Back to work: Pitchers and catchers are to report Saturday to the Carpenter Complex training facility in Clearwater, Fla. Position players will file in Tuesday, although many of them arrived in camp early.
Several factors, including the proliferation of online media and the added exposure from winning the World Series, made this the shortest offseason in history. Between the victory tours, hot stove updates and long list of contract extensions spread over several weeks, there was always something to talk about. Plus, you were never far from Phillies baseball due to the launch of the MLB Network, replays on Comcast and several commemorative DVDs. It's still an exciting time, but the transition from winter to spring has never been this seamless. The biggest stories are clearly in Tampa, where the Yankees are set to debut their new additions. Alex Rodriguez is expected to report next week.