The Rays Tank: The Point Where Spring Training Becomes Tedious

March 16, 2012; Dunedin, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon sports a new haircut before a spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. A total of 71 members of the organization including players and club personnel shaved their heads for the charity Cut for a Cure event to raise money and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Look, it was exciting when Spring Training first arrived. We hadn't had any sort of baseball action in quite some time, so like every year, the beginning of spring training was a breath of fresh air. Ah, actual baseballs being thrown on the field! Look at the blue skies and green grass! Baseball is a friendly reminder that spring is right around the corner -- new beginnings, rejuvenation, warm weather, it's all there.

But now, we've officially hit the later end of March, and I'm beginning to gear up for the regular season. The Rays haven't exactly been putting on a show this spring -- they're 4-10, tied for last place in the AL -- and while that doesn't matter one lick for the regular season, it's giving me even less reason to tune into the games. The Rays' season opener is two and a half weeks away, and the MLB season opener is a little over a week away. We're so close I can almost taste it....but we're not quite there yet.

As spring training begins to wind down -- and even more players get cut from major league camp -- there are a couple final details to be announced. Who will be moving to the bullpen, Davis or Niemann, and who will open the season as the Rays starting shortstop? Marc Topkin has an article touching upon both these races, although it seems like Maddon is playing his cards close to the chest.

There's still time before spring training ends, so in the meantime, we'll have to content ourselves waiting for these final few races to be decided. (And, hopefully, waiting to see if any other extensions get announced.) It's not quite the same as watching meaningful games, but hey, we're getting closer every day.

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