The stadium was empty, players wore mask and music bellowed in the background with the grounds crews sweeping the infield. No, it was not your average spring training day The above scene was in T-Mobile Park and not Peoria. No one cared because it was another sign that Baseball is on its way back in Seattle and other MLB cities.
Saturday was July 4th and Day two of the Mariners Summer Camp 2020 after a 3 1/2 lay off due to the Coronavirus. For the players, the first few days of Camp is about slowly getting into the groove.
“It felt great,” Marco Gonzales said. “I’ve been really anxious to get back on a dirt mound. I’ve thrown a lot of my bullpens off of turf, so being able to dig in a little and get my feet under me felt great.” A lot is expected of Gonzales who is penciled in as the ” Opening Day ” starter. The MLB season is slated to start July 23rd and July 24th.
The players are mandated to follow public health guidelines when entering the ball park and during workouts. Despite the guidelines Manager Scott Servais was glad to be back teaching.
The biggest thing that stuck with me, probably about a month into the shutdown, it was like, ‘Wow, I have taken so much for granted,’” Servais said. “And how grateful I am for all of us to get back together today. As you get rolling along in your career, your different seasons, it just kind of becomes the norm. You get a chance to put a uniform on and work with young players, be in a competitive situation. And it quickly hit me how much I missed that.”