Tomorrow is Jeters final spring training game, and Monday is the start of the end of a brilliant baseball career.

I remember going from rookie ball to A, to double A, then to triple A. At every level it seemed like the game was faster. The bigger the situation, the more the game speeds up. That’s all mental. It messes people up.

The Braves ballpark  Champion Stadium part of the ESPN Wide World of Sports of Complex, and Disney is nice looking from the outside, it just does not give off that spring training feel like the other ballparks.

Champion Stadium ESPN Wide World of Sports of Complex 700 S. Victory Way Kissimmee, FL 3474
Champion Stadium
ESPN Wide World of Sports of Complex
700 S. Victory Way
Kissimmee, FL 3474

Once inside and looking out over the outfield it is the absence of advertising on the outfield walls and the oversized scoreboard that draws your attention. Having been to every spring training ballpark except the Mets and Phillies I came away feeling a little disappointed in the venue. If  you are a baseball fan or someone that has never been to spring training  and  visiting Orlando, I suggest visiting the Astros or the Tigers in Lakeland, before seeing a game here.

Champion Stadium ESPN Wide World of Sports of Complex Kissimmee, FL
Champion Stadium
ESPN Wide World of Sports of Complex
Kissimmee, FL

Arrived yesterday in Winter Park Florida checked into The Alfond Inn (new and very nice surprise) dropped off our bags grabbed my camera equipment and dashed-off to the Braves spring training home ballpark. The Braves were playing the Nationals who have new rookie manager Matt Williams. Within the game,  two plays stand out. The Nationals had runners on first and third base with one out, and Matt Williams pulled an old Billy Martin move, sending the runner on first base to have him caught in a rundown and the runner on third base breaks for home, the play worked with the runner scoring. The second play came late in the game , with the score tied 4-4 no outs, and the bases loaded Matt Williams moved one of his outfielders to the infield creating 5-infielders with three fielder on the left side the batter hit a lined out to the left side of the infield, but the next batter crushed one to a vacant right field, clearing the bases with a with a triple,  and the score  was now 7 to 4. I liked that Matt Williams a rookie manager of a team that’s expected to win its division was not afraid to try out some plays. After all,  it is spring training for managers also, experiment a little,  and it is fun for the fans also….

On George Harrison’s birthday (1943-2001) Wanted to share this great mix put together on YouTube of George and other artist performing the songs we know and love….This being the 50th anniversary of the “The Beatles Invasion” I hope you can find some time today to listen, and remember what a great talent he was that left us to soon…

Yankees’ Top Starting Pitchers Impress Girardi

Angels’ Albert Pujols prepared to ‘shut a lot of mouths’ this season

Feldman, pitchers face live hitters for first time

Jose Reyes: ‘I feel like I’m 100 percent and back to normal’

Matt Garza already making impression in clubhouse

D-backs’ young shortstops not fearing competition

Yasiel Puig too heavy in camp?

Spring training headlines gives us fans hope, and sometimes cause to worry…

Rodger Dean Stadium Jupiter FL
Rodger Dean Stadium Jupiter FL

I was drawn to photography at an early age by baseball through the images on the back pages of the Daily News, The New York Mirror and Ozzie Sweets photography. Today Bleacher Report has this wonderful link to my past, unpublished candid images  from Life  magazines files of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and other New York Yankees spring training 1961…


Unpublished images Life Magazine New York Yankees Spring Training 1961
Unpublished images Life Magazine New York Yankees Spring Training 1961

While reading, this caught my eye.

2006 after deliberating for a little more than four hours, a jury rules the Angels did not breach a contract with the city of Anaheim when the ball club changed its name. Thirteen months ago the team known as the Anaheim Angels became the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prompting the city where it plays to file a lawsuit, claiming the change in name amounted to at least $100 million in lost revenue. (

Then I wondered how many times the team located in Anaheim changed its name? A hundred years ago it was common practice for teams to change its name. Today it is the ballparks that are getting there names changed almost yearly. Listed below are the names the Angels have used, I like Anaheim Angles…

  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (808-650 W-L, 2005 – 2013) – 4 Playoff Appearances
  • Anaheim Angels (664-632 W-L, 1997 – 2004) – 1 World Championship, 1 Pennant, and 2 Playoff Appearances
  • California Angels (2440-2616 W-L, 1965 – 1996) – 3 Playoff Appearances
  • Los Angeles Angels (308-338 W-L, 1961 – 1964)
  • Overall (4220-4236 W-L, 1961 – 2013) – 1 World Championship, 1 Pennant, and 9 Playoff Appearances
  • From Baseball Reference