March 2009

Well Under Way

    Well, we are about half way through Spring Training now, its going to a be a short and sweet one this year.  The Big League club is slowly dwindling down its roster as it approaches the team it will take into the season.  A former teamate of mine, Mike Wood joined us a few days ago, as did John Lindsey, a guy thats been around the game as long as I have.  A few other younger players getting their first taste of Big League spring training are trickling in as well.

   We’ve had some pretty wet weather here lately in Jupiter, and although it tends to cut into your work for the day, some rest for the body is always a welcomed event.  You have to really balance working through sorness in your arms and legs and being smart so you don’t hurt yourself for the start of the season.  So far I think our camp has been pretty lucky, not too many injuries and guys are progressing steadily as opening day approaches.

   At this point in camp, guys are really starting to gel and become friends and now is when it really starts to get fun. In the next week or so, the organization will start to form the teams and make some tough decisions on guys.  Looking forward to getting the season under way.

All for now. 

Maiden Voyage

   Hello fans, my name is David Matranga, this should be fun and I look forward to giving you a players perspective on the life in professional baseball.  Just to give you a little
background on me, I was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 6th round of the 1998 Draft, I grew up in Southern California and went to college at Pepperdine University. I’m married to Sarah and we have 2 kids, Austin and Alexa.

    Well, its hard to believe and it certainly doesn’t seem like its been this long, but this will be my 12th season in pro ball.  You know you’ve been around a long time when you are training with guys that were born in the 90’s when I was born 2 decades earlier! I feel very blessed to have lasted this long and to have been given the opportunity to make a life in baseball.

   I’m excited to be a Marlin this year, and I’ve always been intrigued at how they seem to be so competitive with such a limited budget.  After only a few days in Spring Training I’m starting to learn why.  Today we had our first hitters meeting, it only lasted about 15 minutes, but I left with a very good impression.  The staff in this orgnization is extremely passionate about the game and developing their players into Major Leaguers.  They have a very solid plan in place as to how to get the most out of every one of its players and its not surprising that their minor league system led all of baseball in many different offensive catagories.

We’ve got a good group of guys in camp with a good mix of veterans and solid young prospects.  Pete LaForest, Mike Wood, Matt Craig and Nate Field are some familiar names that I’ve played with or against for quite a few years. All of us hoping to get another crack at the Big Leagues at some point and the Marlins seem like a great place to make it happen!

Thanks for tuning in an I look forward to answering any questions or discussing any topics you’d like to hear about it.