Oh, happy day! We have survived the long winter, and at last baseball activities have resumed. On Tuesday — in spite of some early arrivals — pitchers and catchers officially reported to Lakeland, Florida for the Tigers’ spring training camp.
And while the Tigers won’t actually start playing exhibition games until the end of February, it’s still a comfort to see the team out, wearing the olde English D on their caps, and showing that they’ve (mostly) stayed in shape this offseason. There are familiar faces (some hidden under bushy beards) and also new arrivals, and plenty to get hyped about.
Regardless of how the Tigers are predicted to do this season, we can all share in the excitement of seeing the team back in action.
We’ve collected some of the best images from the hard-working beat reporters down in Lakeland to share with you the first true signs of spring.
Greetings from Lakeland, where Tigers pitchers and catchers have reported. Most have been in camp since last week. pic.twitter.com/URuMZCNz0f— Jason Beck (@beckjason) February 13, 2018
All 38 pitchers and catchers are here on report day. pic.twitter.com/8o4O3yXEiN— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) February 13, 2018
Look at this beard. This beard needs its own baseball card.
Tigers lefty Daniel Norris cools off after throwing this morning and chats with Spencer Turnbull while watching others finish up. pic.twitter.com/m613CHVFnt— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) February 13, 2018
Tigers catcher James McCann was here today. His wife and newborn twins drove down from Nashville this week. pic.twitter.com/qSrTZ1t6wI— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) February 13, 2018
Is Gardy in the best shape of his life? Might be.
New Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire signing autographs for fans off practice fields at Tigertown. pic.twitter.com/BFmFJVJ18V— Jason Beck (@beckjason) February 13, 2018
Last round of photos from this morning: From left to right, Tigers pitchers Johnny Barbato, Victor Alcántara, Eduardo Jimenez, Joe Jimenez and Sandy Baez. pic.twitter.com/DXxZQ3OvGK— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) February 13, 2018
Brayan Pena is well aware that he’s basically the dad of the catching crew at this point, and has embraced the role.
Tigers Brayan Pena asked if he's transitioning into a mentor-coach role: 'Definitely. You know you are getting old when an ex-teammate of yours is the first-base coach.' (Ramon Santiago).— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) February 13, 2018
Drew VerHagen models the Tigers’ Even Worse Than The Regular Season hats pic.twitter.com/OYUmIn6Izt— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) February 13, 2018
And in case you’re wondering if they’re having fun in Lakeland...
Lloyd McClendon has the Motown on in the Tigers batting cages.— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) February 13, 2018
Looking forward to seeing how the guys do in the coming week. The first full squad workout is scheduled for February 19, but expect to see most of the team arrive for workouts well ahead of that date.