The San Diego Padres began spring training with a whopping total of 67 players reporting to camp in Peoria, Ariz. With a number that large, numerous players were sent to play in the minor league affiliates. Although this may seem like a disappointment to the players, some saw the opportunity to train with the major leaguers as a privilege.
Tom Wegmann, now residing in Vestal, N.Y., was fortunate enough to participate in spring training with both the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Wegmann reminisced about his best memories, which he said was when he trained with the major league Mets.
“When you workout with the players everyday, you see that they are human,” Wegmann said. “Everyone becomes equal during spring training.”
Wegmann, a pitcher, realized that he was on an even playing field with some of the big stars of the team, and by the end of spring training was no longer awestruck and gained confidence in his own playing abilities.
The Padres, looking to improve in their upcoming season, have maintained a balanced record during spring training. Wegmann expressed that ending the preseason positively carries over into the regular season.
“It does matter to the individual if you are winning during spring training,” Wegmann stated. “Winning builds confidence for the regular season.”