Spring Training officially begins on Feb. 21 when pitchers and catchers start reporting to the 26 major league clubs. That does not mean, however, that players have been idle for four months. Here is a list of 10 players who did interesting things in the off-season:
1. Jack McDowell of the White Sox wrote and performed nine songs on an album by his rock group, The View.
2. Ivan Calderon of the Expos trained a stable of fighting cocks in Puerto Rico.
3. Rene Gonzales of the Blue Jays went bungee-jumping off a bridge in New Zealand.
4. Keith Comstock of the Mariners took a ballet class to strengthen his back and now says, "I lost 15 pounds, so I look damn good in my tutu."
5. John Burkett of the Giants bowled in the PBA's Pinole ( Calif.) Open, and finished 74th in a field of 160.
6. Chuck Crim of the Brewers competed in nine professional bass-fishing events, finishing in the Top 20 four different times.
7. Mike Greenwell of the Red Sox built a stock car that finished third in a race in Port Charlotte, Fla.
8. Randy Myers of the Reds was the conditioning coach for the women's basketball team at Clark Community College in Vancouver, Wash.
9. Larry Walker, who wears number 33 for the Expos, married Christa Vandenbrink on Nov. 3 at 3:33 p.m.