Weekend News & Notes for Former Chiefs

With Spring Training underway now, news is fast and furious. I’ve rounded up some of the best stories and nuggets on former Chiefs from around MLB this week as camps opened. Hope everyone had a great President’s Day and you are staying warmer and less buried in snow than we are in Peoria!

From the Cardinals, Jenifer Langosch tells us that the Cardinals are being proactive with catchers in regards to plays at the plate. Also former Chief Jason Motte is showing progress as he comes back from surgery.

In an early camp blog entry from Jenifer I was intrigued by the note towards the bottom and how it will affect the Chiefs. “Mozeliak said that the Cardinals plan to implement more defensive shifting in the Minors this season as a way to prepare their players for such situations in the Majors. The Cardinals expect to be more proactive in shifting.”

On the Cubs side, 2012 Chiefs SS Javier Baez is getting a ton of attention down in Arizona from both ESPN and Cubs.com. Former first round picks and 2009 Chiefs Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson are still fighting to make the Cubs roster. Welington Castillo is finally healthy behind the plate while Darwin Barney was one of the first players to show up in Mesa.

Out in New York it has been a typically crazy off-season for the Yankees. Robinson Cano is in Seattle, Masahiro Tanaka has been added from Japan, the Alex Rodriguez saga is (maybe?!) over and Derek Jeter announced this will be his last season. Well former Chiefs C and Peoria area native Joe Girardi talks about a team in transition and former Chiefs SS Brendan Ryan knows he will be booed when replacing a legend. 

And in Philadelphia, former Chiefs Manager Ryne Sandberg has put his own spin on his first Spring Training as a MLB Manager.

Planning on talking to some 2013 Chiefs players as they arrive in Jupiter, FL this week so keep an eye on the blog for those interviews plus news and notes as they happen! Thanks for reading, NB.

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