Every spring there are ‘babies’ in camp – the kids who’ve risen through the ranks quickly, whose talent is as obvious as the fact that they can’t grow whiskers.
And dealing with them is a challenge for everyone, from managers and coaches to the media. How do you ask a 19-year-old catcher, for instance, about his life story with a straight face?
In the bullpen this week, 22-year-old right-hander Danny Cortes was throwing hard but throwing a little too quickly, all but hyper-ventilating on the mound.
Pitching coach Rick Adair sidled over toward him between pitches and asked “Have you ever tried breathing …