Three Words

Pitchers – and – catchers.  Three simple words, yet so much meaning for baseball fans.

Sunday was the day for San Diego Padres pitchers and catchers to report to the organization’s Spring Training complex here in Peoria, Ariz.  Although, with several players living in the Phoenix area and a few others having already arrived, today’s reporting date is probably more symbolic than anything else.

The coaching staff and players went through the physicals gauntlet. Here’s Padres third base coach Glenn Hoffman going through his eye exam, have to keep that vision sharp relaying those signs from the dugout!

And a few relievers familiar to Padres fans, including Luke Gregerson, Joe Thatcher and Huston Street, got an early jump on tomorrow’s workout.

Monday morning at 9 a.m. Arizona Time, Padres manager Bud Black and his coaching staff will meet with pitchers and catchers for about 30 minutes before the team hits the practice fields for the first time in 2012.

All three Padres beat writers were in camp Sunday and will be covering San Diego’s beloved baseball team throughout Spring Training.  Be sure to follow the Twitter posts from Corey Brock (@FollowthePadres), Bill Center (@SDUTPadres) and Dan Hayes (@NCTPadres). They’ll be writing, blogging, tweeting and eating (it’s what beat writers do). And of course don’t forget to follow the official club twitter account, @Padres.

Other Tidbits

Congratulations to Dick Enberg, who returned to his roots last week in the Midwest.  He was honored by his alma mater Central Michigan University last night and earlier in the week lectured at Marquette University.

Best wishes to former Padres outfielder Mike Cameron, who announced his retirement.   Cameron played two seasons for San Diego (2006-07), batting .255 with 67 doubles, 15 triples, 43 home runs, 161 RBI and 43 steals in 292 games.

You can see Padres workout highlights and catch inteviews at the Video Corner on   The talented team of Erik Meyer, Jennifer Cota and Tom Catlin will be working hard every day throughout camp to bring you inside information from the Padres.

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