Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Today in baseball history...

Sunset—July 12, 2012.

...Fredrick W. Thayer, captain of the Harvard University baseball squad, patented the catcher's mask—pretty cool.

I got that from Baseball Reference. I started following them on Twitter a few weeks ago and love their "Bullpen" wiki. It's a collection of crowd sourced events, births and deaths by day and year and features gems like that. Did you know Chet "The Jet" Lemon was born today too: 1955.

Pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training this week. A handful of teams arrived yesterday, most will be in camp today or tomorrow.

The Diamondbacks start full-squad workouts Friday.

I'm ready for baseball, anxious. It's like the night before Christmas except "Christmas" (read: Opening Day) is 48 days away. Soon enough I'll be able to watch split-squad spring games on MLB.tv. That'll hold me I guess.

I spent the morning going through last season's Aces archive. I haven't posted a best of collection yet and the start of spring seems as good a reason as any.

So here are 20 of my favorite photos. Enjoy!

Hot Dog.

Opening night—April 5, 2012.

Sam Demel.



Sacramento's line up card.

Mike Jacobs.

Aces in the outfield.

Cooper, one of Brett's Big Leaguers.
He gave the players orange bracelets.
Many wore them all season.

Harbin's revenge.

Your 2012 Triple-A National Champions.

And here's a few more that didn't make the cut: