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have what it takes to help rebuild the Braves' dilapidated rotation? This week SI.com has your complete guide to spring training 2009 with the latest news and notes from around the game, previews of each of the 30 teams and analysis from Ben Reiter on the circus surrounding A-Rod's arrival in Tampa.
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FROM SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
MARCH 3, 1975
SI writer Ron Fimrite described the magic of spring training, a time when baseball returns to its roots for a brief idyllic instance in which the pace of the game is slower, the fans are closer to the action and the players are more accessible and less anxious.
THERE IS the sense that in spring training baseball is more the game it was meant to be. It is then that baseball is removed from all those coliseums with chemical playing fields and transported again into the snug wooden ball yards where it can move at its own resolute pace. Most of the new parks were also designed to accommodate football, a game of compulsive urgency; but intimacy, not urgency, is baseball's charm, and in those purposely colossal structures the game seems anomalous, a little like Parcheesi played on a crap table. Reflections such as these are considered blasphemous by the baseball Establishment. Nothing so unnerves a baseball person as the suggestion that his game is not fast enough to keep up with the times.
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