We're still in that weird phase of spring training where nothing is actually happening, but guys are in Arizona and Florida frantically writing about all of it. So here's some...
Ryan Braun is going to get his shot, but that means he'll have to field third base like...a third baseman:
"To his credit, he's very serious about it," Yost said. "He knows where we stand."
Speaking of defense, Adam's most recent mailbag was posted yesterday, and he addresses the outfield defense (which it didn't even occur to me was something to be worried about):
The reason the Brewers moved Hall to the outfield was to get his bat in the lineup. If that group hits, they can more than make up for their defensive imperfections.
Until he moved to right field, Jenkins was one of the best defensive outfielders in the game. He was a truly valuable player in his prime, in part because he was the best in the game at his position. He could offer the same this year back in left, even if his bat doesn't return to form.
I agree with Adam's optimistic assessment: Billy is a great athlete, he was a great shortstop, and those skills translate to center field. We'll see some ugly mistakes occasionally, I'm sure, but by the all-star break, that'll all be a memory. I wouldn't be surprised if, in 2008, Billy was one of the best defensive center fielders in the game.
Finally, here's Adam's notes column for the day in Arizona, including lots of stuff on Dennis Sarfate and Johnny Estrada's catching skills.