Tom Foley strolled through the clubhouse prior to Sunday morning’s workout proclaiming, “The athletes have arrived.”
The Rays third base coach spoke loud enough for the pitchers to take note. He delivers the message annually once position players begin to trickle in since they are the “athletes” and the pitchers are, well, pitchers.
A good sign for any club is the early arrival of position players. Highlighting the group that arrived Sunday were reigning AL Rookie of the Year, Wil Myers, along with Sean Rodriguez and Matt Joyce.
The Rays’ first full-squad workout takes place Thursday at Charlotte Sports Park.