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Touring with Taylor: ‘Tis (almost) the season

by Dan Taylor | Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
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Happy Holidays to everyone, as I hope you have all enjoyed the full gamut of the season and all it entails. Although the formal holidays are behind us now, it is coming upon a very important time of year for all of us minor-leaguers.

The beginning of January brings letters of invitation to spring training for us, as well as our new contracts for the year. Some of you may not know, but most minor-leaguers are under a basic contract for six years once they are drafted, but we still have to sign (renew) each year with our parent organizations. This often goes unnoticed because we do not get into the free-agent transactions that generally fill the offseason.

Nonetheless, the envelope that arrives every year showing the parent club’s continued interest is just as exciting, even though it may not make news. Further, that same envelope will rejuvenate some players in their training and act as a swift kick to those who have yet to start training. When you think about it, at this time of the year, spring training and the season are really just around the corner. Big-league camp and minor-league early camp will start in about one and a half months. Then, just beyond that, the season is only three months away.

The thought of spring training and the upcoming season is like looking forward to that holiday between New Year’s and Easter that everyone hopes for to have a day off. Unfortunately, most people do not actually get a day off, but lucky for me, I do.

So, next time you walk to your mailbox and open it up, think about the 700 or so minor-leaguers who are receiving spring training invitations this year and the elation that comes with it.

Seasons greetings from one minor-leaguer to you.

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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