With the first spring training game in less than a week a thought occurred to me. This will be the least exciting spring training that I can remember. Baring signing Joe Crede or Juan Cruz there aren't any newcomers to watch. Also there are absolutely no roster battles. The 25 man roster is already set. Here are the 25:
Delmon Young, Carlos Gomez, Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, Alexi Casilla, Nick Punto, Brenden Harris, Brian Buscher, Mike Redmond, Matt Tolbert
Francisco Liriano, Nick Blackburn, Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey, Glen Perkins, Joe Nathan, Matt Guerrier, Craig Breslow, Jose Mijares, Jesse Crain, Boof Bonser, Luis Ayala/Phil Humber.
That is 25. Exciting. Last year we got to see Delmon Young and Brendan Harris make their debut. We saw Gomez for the first time. We saw him battle with Span and Pridie for the CF job. We saw Liriano come back from Tommy John surgery. This year the most exciting thing will be to see Luke Hughes and Danny Valencia start the battle for the 3rd Base job in 2010. Thank God the World Baseball Classic will be around to at least give me some baseball to care about in March. Don't get me wrong this isn't a bad thing for the team to have continuity but continuity doesn't feed my baseball hunger.