The Middle Of March Is A Time When Spring Training Becomes A Tedium For Major League Teams.


To break up the monotony, the Miami Marlins began staging the inaugural Clubhouse Olympics, with clubhouse attendants, in four tandem teams, competing in a variety of events prior to the morning workout for the amusement of players and coaches.

Pitcher Tom Koehler organized the event, which opened with Clubbies in catchers gear attempting to catch foul popups fired straight up by a machine.

There were some comical moments that garnered laughs, but also some impressive grabs that brought cheers from the team gathered on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

Most impressive was a catch by Dan Budreika, the Marlins¡¯ video coordinator, who was introduced as a former high school backup catcher. Budreika made an acrobatic snag of one ball drifting away from him, leaving his feet but avoiding a tumble.

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¡°I like Thunder Dan behind the plate, our video guy,¡± Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ¡°Dan¡¯s dramatic catch made the morning. That would be a video for everyone all year long.¡±

Other events staged Wednesday were the watercooler shotput and an outfield relay that had observers ducking errant throws. Two more days of competition remain in the Clubbie Olympics.

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