Construction is continuing. The rebuild of Cooley Law School Stadium is persevering through the cold. The 2015 season will see enormous changes within the ballpark. With the addition of The Outfield development in 2016, things should be terrific.
I'm back! I work seasonally for the Lansing Lugnuts; yesterday was my first day officially back in the office. This will be my seventh year as voice of the team --- and there will be plenty to discuss on Around the Nest. Baseball Essentials' Brian Crawford interviewed me about the position and other matters.
I'll have a new #2 voice at my side, with Trey Wilson jumping up deservingly to Double-A as the new #2 voice of the Altoona Curve. (I'm sure my new broadcast assistant will be Fine.)
Interested in working for the Lugnuts? The Lugs' Job Fair will be held at the Lansing Center from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 28th. Click here for more information.
The temperature in Lansing is 5° (and feeling much colder), but Blue Jays pitchers and catchers are 3 days away from reporting to spring training.
Courtesy of the Blue Jays' official Twitter feed:
Major League Baseball is committed to speeding up the game. To wit, they've introduced a list of pace of game directives. Bring on the pitch clock!
Time Remaining Activity 40 Seconds PA announces batter and begins to play walk-up music 30 Seconds Pitcher throws final warm-up pitch 25 Seconds Batter's walk-up music ends 20 Seconds-5 Seconds Batter enters the batter's box 20 Seconds-0 Seconds Pitcher begins motion to deliver pitch
Minor League Baseball tried the same thing several years ago, which led to this game-ending result, ranked #1 on Chris Mehring's list of dramatic finishes.
Count me in favor of the change, but don't judge it too soon. Give it the chance to get off the ground and let players and managers get accustomed to it.