Spring training is when players shed the winter rust by limbering up on warm, sun-baked diamonds, sign autographs galore, and provide hope that this may be their team’s year. As preseason games between major-league teams begin on Saturday, here are a few facts to give you some background on spring ball.
Ozzie Guillen: ESPNChicago.com had reported that Guillen was traded to the Marlins for two minor-league players. The Marlins declined comment but did not deny the reports.
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Dominican-born Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz runs on the base paths during a major league game in Boston on April 8. The Dominican Republic is a baseball powerhouse. There are more Dominicans playing in the major leagues than from any other country in Latin America, and the Dominican Republic has more players in the majors than all other Latin countries combined.