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Touring with Taylor: 2012 … what is to be?

by Dan Taylor | Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2012
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Arizona Diamondbacks minor-leauge pitcher Dan Taylor.

Greetings from Scottsdale, Ariz.!

Day one of spring training 2012 for myself and the rest of the Arizona Diamondbacks minor-league pitchers and catchers is now in the books, and I’m looking forward toward to tomorrow and the prospect of a new season. The elation that fills players on day one is practically indescribable, and something that only passion, commitment, competitiveness and childhood dreams can create. Day one is typically a day for everyone to start settling in, while realizing the magnitude of the upcoming season. While I cannot speak for all organizations, today for us (Diamondback minor-leaguers) entailed some standard drill work, throwing off the mounds, conditioning and workouts to complete the day.

Albeit one day, it’s a day where the tone and tempo can be set for an entire camp. Our staff and management has logged many hours putting together our spring training program, and they make sure we know from the get-go what is expected of us, how we should go about our work and what our mission is going to be. Day one is always so fascinating to be a part of because you, the players, get to see what everybody’s offseason training programs has prepared them for. All of us understand that this is our job, this is what puts food on the tables for our families and this is what we are passionate about; nonetheless, everyone prepares differently, and it is amazing how it can all bring us to the same place.

I sit here and write this entry, from a nice hotel room that overlooks the grounds of Talking Stick at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, and I find myself elated for another opportunity to play baseball at least one more day. This is a game so many love, so many give everything for and so many would do anything for. Ultimately, though, it is a game — a game that can give us everything, and a game that can leave us wanting so much more. That is what we keep showing up for, and that’s what makes it so easy to dedicate ourselves day in and day out.

Play ball!

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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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