Spring Training 2012: Final Day Recap

My final day at Spring Training was an eventful one. With camp day taking place for the minor leaguers and the big league club hosting Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers, there was plenty to capture. Not to mention that MLB Network was filming their “30 Clubs in 30 Days” Astros episode that premiered Wednesday night.

Here are some early morning photos of the MLB Network set:

MLB Network set for 30 Clubs in 30 Days

Production truck

Dan Plesac interviewed many Astros including manager Brad Mills:

The crew filmed the situational fielding session taking place on one of the backfields. Minor leaguers were brought over to serve as runners for the drills.

Johnson & Johnson. Neiko & Zach that is.

Jason Castro

Pitchers stand in waiting

Wandy Rodriguez, Bud Norris & Livan Hernandez

Before the major league game at 1pm, J.D. Martinez & Brett Wallace got some at-bats in a minor league intersquad game:

Stubby Clapp’s family was in town and here he is with his boys Cooper & Cannan:

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow speaks with manager Brad Mills during batting practice:

We spoke with Jeff right after and will be posting that video tomorrow. He is a big fan of the New York-Penn League and we look forward to seeing him at “The Joe” this summer.

Here are a few photos of Prince Fielder during batting practice:

Fielder’s boys were tossing the baseball around behind the cage:

Tigers manager Jim Leyland and Dan Plesac:

2008 All-Star ValleyCat J.B. Shuck:

2010 ValleyCat Jake Buchanan:

To see more photos from spring training, click here to view the photo album on our Facebook page.

In five full days at spring training, I’ve taken lots of photos, interviewed many former ‘Cats and current Astros, learned alot about the daily grind these players face and got a little sunburned at the same time. Okay, very sunburned! I hope everyone enjoyed the photos and I look forward to posting videos of many of the interviews conducted at camp. We’ll also be showing them throughout the 2012 season on our video board.

Opening Day is just 83 days away and individual tickets will be going on-sale Wednesday, April 4 at 10am. Stay tuned to tcvalleycats.com for all the latest news and ticket promotions leading up to the season!

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Looking forward to the season

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