Scribes’ Spring Training

18 Feb

The Athletic has a fascinating roundtable discussion with several beat writers about the pleasures and perils of covering Spring Training. The worst for most: having to rise at 6:30 to be at the ballpark for interviews and workouts. The best: being done for the day by mid-afternoon.

Still, it’s an adjustment when the season begins and the day flips to late afternoon interviews at the ballpark, the game, and filing stories well past midnight.

Said one writer:

There are no routine, morning-to-evening schedules in baseball writing. But spring training is the only thing that comes close. You wake up early — something you normally wouldn’t do during the season. You work in the morning and afternoon. You can sometimes have a dinner that is not in a press box or at a ballpark.

One thing that you don’t realize unless you’re in it, however, is that, unlike the regular season, there are no days off during spring training. Or almost no days off. Usually, there is one. But even then, you might be writing or working on something bigger. It’s a grind for everyone involved.

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