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Largely abandoned Spring training camps

March 30, 2011

Arizona and Florida – All thirty Major League Baseball teams and organizations have broken free from their respective Spring training facilities to embark on the 2011 regular season. Some teams open the season tomorrow while others begin on Friday. With all big leaguers gone some of the full-season minor league affiliate players have largely abandoned Spring training camps also for a brief stop home in route to their assignments at various levels.

The Royals have a special assignment for their Omaha Storm Chasers and Northwest Arkansas Naturals teams this coming Saturday at Kauffman Stadium after the second game of the series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Triple-A and Double-A teams will square off in the big house for the staff and fans. John Lamb and fellow teammates will be boarding planes the next couple of days to Kansas City for their work in front of the zealous Royals fans more than ready to see the team win at the major league level. My gut tells me that the Kansas City fans will see large improvements from the most recent past. Championships are in the near future for the Kansas City Royals organization provided they all stay on track with the plan by the management and coaching staff.

Albeit true that the Royals will need to grind out a full season of solid baseball to gain back confidence of some. Many like the Lamb family simply hold on to a special Royals relationship with restless desire to see the organization win throughout the entire system of player development. Winning is and always will be contagious and the recent success by some of the Royals youth in the minor league system should lower the blood pressure of even the most die-hard Royals fan. Good times are ahead and could be closer than most think.

The best thing about this time of the professional baseball season is no matter what favorite team hangs on the hat rack we can all say we share first place to start the year. Surely the 162 game schedule has a tendency to be a roller coaster for the avid fan of most baseball clubs but at least we can all brag about our favorite team at the start of the season. Tomorrow the Royals are in first with the other American League Central Division teams and nobody can take that away. All of the mostly uninhabited spring training camps in the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues have given us the realization that the full-season of professional baseball is here and likely to send many fans on a wild ride during the next 7 to 8 months.

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