New York Mets pitcher Al Leiter spent time in the batting cage last week working with hitting coach Denny Walling on his stroke. So what can we expect to see next -- Vice President Dick Cheney taking a stab at standup comedy?
"I'm confident that I can double my offensive production this season," Leiter said. Considering that Leiter hit .019 last year, with a single in 53 at-bats, we have absolute faith that he can.
While big leaguers will spend the next two weeks honing their swings and snapping off tighter curveballs, managers are intent on seeing the forest and the trees. They're dealing with injury rehabs and clubhouse chemistry, tinkering with lineups and making moves to round out rosters. Here are 10 situations (non-Red Sox and Yankees division) worth monitoring from the Grapefruit League in Florida: