High camp, lowdown, March 1: 1-2 punch done right — and left

For those who have been wondering, given the first-base platoon Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee appear headed for: The last time the Bucs had two first basemen get 250 at-bats each was in 1996, when lefty-hitting Mark Johnson had 307 and the right-handed hitting Jeff King had 308.

Strictly while playing first base, those two combined for 29 homers and 100 RBIs — numbers Clint Hurdle would gladly settle for from Jones-McGehee. …

Whenever the Red Sox are on ESPN’s schedule — and, trust me, that’ll be often — Terry Francona will be must-hear-TV. …

Gary Sheffield becoming an agent — the Bucs’ Jason Grilli is among his pioneering clients — has to be the least surprising story of the spring. Sheff negotiated his own contracts toward the end of his playing career …

Even in Spring Training workouts, peppery Michael McKenry is the most vocal catcher I’ve ever seen. Or, heard. Pitchers love working with him. …

With Bengie Molina’s formal retirement, who becomes the Slowest Man in the Majors? Nominations are open. …

Clint Barmes tells me his parents indeed named him after Clint Eastwood, the great actor and even better director. Eastwood’s actual name is “Clinton” — yet Clinton Hurdle (his full name) says he was <i>not</i> named for the movie icon. Confused yet? …

Quote of the Day:

“Not the cry, but the flight, of a wild duck leads the flock to fly and follow.” (Chinese proverb)

Clint Hurdle Bonus Quote of the Day:

“Vision without action is illusion.”

1 Comment

Slowest Player: It may be Chipper Jones. He looked really slow last year. I’m sure there’s somebody slower, but he just gets older with more knee problems each year.

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