I saw Jay Bruce hit today for the first time today. Very, very impressive. The batting cages sit about 15 feet behind the right-field fence at the Tony Perez Field, where Bruce was hitting. It's a steel building, so every time a ball hits it, it makes a loud sound.
Bruce had a very noisy session of BP.
Here's another reason why I think the Reds will be leaving Sarasota: The backfields at the Ed Smith Stadium complex here were in bad shape. The Reds wanted them replaced. The Reds rent facility from the city, so they figured the landlord would pay the cost. It didn't happen. The Reds ended up spending $150,000 to replace the outfields. "It's like renting an apartment and having to replace the plumbing," a Reds official said.