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Touring with Taylor: February? Time for spring training!

by Dan Taylor | Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
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Our man Dan is head over heels in love with fiancé Nicole Steiner. (Claire McGinn Photography)

Greetings from Grand Rapids, MI!

The countdown has begun until players start officially reporting for spring training 2012. Probably didn’t need to remind you all of this because I am well aware that you already know! Nonetheless, can I propose that we stop calling these two months February and March? Instead, let’s just lump them together and call it Spring Training. Unfortunately for us minor leaguers, the big-league guys get to start a little earlier than we do and get to release that inner kid who just wants to take ground balls and swing a bat all the time. I suppose it helps build that desire to get to the top even more so, one day, we can be those players who get to start earlier.

My official report date is March 8 and camp opens on March 9. Now, with it being still over a month a way, I am attempting to come up with ways to filter my excitement and not completely wear everyone out about spring training and the upcoming season. I always have to remember that, for most people, it means SportsCenter starts airing different highlights and there is a broader coverage of sports versus just the current sports in season. Some people truly understand this time of year; for instance, I know some teachers who will tack pine-tar rags to their boards at the start of spring training to denote the importance of the time of year. Or certain bosses who will start listening to sports radio more than ever to hear about their teams’ progress.

Fortunately for me, I now have a wedding to plan for before I leave, which helps occupy some of my thoughts instead of 100 percent baseball. I am trying to help and get as much done in this last month before I head out for the season and leave the majority of it to my fiancé. It has been a great new year so far with our new engagement and now the upcoming season, so time will only tell where the season will take me. As with every season, the unknown is what’s most exciting; and, likewise, with my upcoming marriage to my best friend. I look forward to now having a partner to permanently share the thrills of the season with and the rest of my life.

Spring training is almost here!

Post By Dan Taylor (16 Posts)

A 2005 graduate of Jenison High School and a 2009 graduate of Central Michigan University, Dan will be entering his third season of pro ball with the Arizona Diamondbacks. As a 21st-round selection in 2009, he was named the organizational pitcher of the month in his second month with the D-Backs and started the 2010 campaign in the low-A Midwest League. After a strong start, Dan was promoted to the high-A California League, where he finished out the season with multiple player-of-the-week accolades. As a four-year letter winner and starting pitcher at CMU, Dan collected two All-MAC selections, and team MVP and Captain awards. Dan also ranks fifth all-time in innings pitched and seventh in strikeouts. Upon leaving CMU, Dan put two academic All-MAC selections under his belt, as well, to go with his Bachelor of Science degree. Beyond baseball, Dan spent two years at CMU interning on the strength and conditioning staff, where he worked with all 14 varsity sports. His responsibilities included, but were not limited to, designing off-season training programs and running workouts. In his spare time, Dan has acquired an ACE certification for personal training, too. Most importantly, though, is Dan’s dedication to the people he works with and the passion he brings every day attempting to repeat the body’s best all-out effort.



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