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That first whiff of spring: batting practice

Batting practice at Alfond Stadium

Was doing some advance scouting for spring training today in the greater Orlando area, and stumbled upon a magical sight: batting practice at Alfond Stadium, home of the Rollins College Tars, in downtown Winter Park.

There’s nothing like a crack of the bat and a temperature in the 70s to make you yearn for baseball.

Some dates to note: the Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers report for spring training on Feb. 6 (the team is opening the season in Sydney, Australia; hence the early report date), most teams have pitchers and catchers reporting between Feb. 12 and Feb. 16, and the NCAA baseball season begins February 14.

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