Monday morning notes from the Clubhouse
The D-backs are hoping that Mother Nature cooperates today as they will hurry to try and get their workout in before the expected rains come.
Pretty quiet in the clubhouse this morning with guys starting to settle into the routine of Spring Training.
Catcher Chris Snyder spent some time talking with special instructor Mel Stottlemyre Sr. and afterwards I asked him about the value of having the former big league pitching coach in camp.
“Unbelievable,” Snyder said. “Having him around is a learning experience for everyone. When you think of great pitching coaches in the game he’s got to be one of the first that comes to mind.”
Stottlemyre is the father of former D-backs pitcher Todd and current pitching coach Mel Jr.
After pitchers throw their bullpen sessions here in camp, the catchers will generally meet them halfway between the mound and plate to assess their performance with the catchers giving feedback on mechanics, location, movement etc.
“When [Stottlemyre Sr.] is involved in one of those and he’s talking, you’re quiet,” Snyder said. “You just take in his knowledge.”
Lefty Clay Zavada, whose rise to the big leagues last year was a great story, has a locker this year more befitting of a Major Leaguer than he did last year.
In 2009, he was on the side of the clubhouse typically reserved for Minor Leaguers on the 40-man roster and non-roster invitees. This year he has a locker on the on a corner next to the bat rack.
“I don’t care where they put me,” Zavada said when I pointed out his new digs. “They could make me dress in a shack outside and I would still be happy as long as they gave me a uniform.”
It’s just another example of why it’s refreshing to spend time talking with him.