I’m often asked this time of year why pitchers and catchers report early to spring training?
Pitchers typically need about 45 days to properly stretch out their arms before the start of the regular season.
This includes roughly five starts for solidified veteran starters and a few more for players jockeying for a big league roster spot in the rotation or bullpen.
Position players, however, simply don’t need as much time to prepare, especially considering the emphasis on offseason conditioning, which has seemingly improved with each passing decade.
This is why the pitchers show up early, and why catchers are on hand to catch them!
Cubs pitchers and catchers report on Saturday. Spring is near!