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Spring Training Is Finally Here!

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After a long offseason, baseball is finally back!

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As exciting as A.J. Preller has made this offseason, we're all ready for actual baseball to start, and we got a little bit closer today as Padres pitchers and catchers reported to the Peoria Sports Complex for the start of Spring Training!

Some position players are showing up early, too. Here's Matt Kemp and newest Padre James Shields hanging out in the clubhouse this morning.

We're still a couple weeks away from the first actual spring training game, though. That'll take place on Wednesday, March 4, as the Friars take on their natural interleague rival, the Seattle Mariners, in their annual charity game/Vedder Cup preview.