Excitement and anticipation for fans are building as Major League Baseball opens preseason camps next week with first spring-training games scheduled for Feb. 23.
The same could be said for people in Major League Baseball.
On Sunday, I had the opportunity to chat with Ben Cherington, vice president of baseball operations for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cherington was speaking at a Baseball Miracles event in Newburgh and resides in the Hudson Valley with his wife Tyler, a 1996 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie. Tyler’s father John Tumminia, a scout with the Chicago White Sox for 32 years, is the CEO and founder of Baseball Miracles, which brings baseball and softball to children with economic and environmental disadvantages throughout the world.
Here is what Cherington, who won the 2013 World Series as general manager of the Boston Red Sox, had to say about what’s ahead for the Blue Jays and the American League East.
“We’re excited for it,” he said of the 2018 season. “Every year is a precious year in baseball. Every team starts spring training with beliefs they can contend and win. That’s certainly our aim this year. We’ve got a little work left to do between now and when the season starts. We still will like to add to the team.
“It’s going to be a very competitive division. Obviously, the Yankees and Red Sox are going to be really good. So we’re going to be in for a battle. We’ve got a great group of people in Toronto. It’s a great city. It’s a great fan base. We’ve got really good players. We just have to go out and play well everyday, stay healthy and maybe get a little bit of luck.’’