Homer Bailey will make his debut today against the Rays at 1:05. I’m still trying to find out if it will be broadcast anywhere (doesn’t look like MLB.tv is carrying it).
Meanwhile, Dusty Baker had some comments about Homer:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in better position because his mechanics are better, allowing him to throw better strikes,” Baker said. “From what I hear, he was all arms and legs last year.”
There were whispers last year that Bailey wasn’t very coachable. Baker hasn’t seen that.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sometimes you need to fail to really listen,” Baker said. “HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been all ears basically, which you like in a young player. But sometimes they have to fail before they listen.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And apparently, it’s working.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dick Pole told me his side (sessions) were very good,” Baker said. “ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s getting better each side. I talked to him and he feels heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s improving, getting better, which is what you want to see.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Following Bailey on the mound will be Edinson Volquez, so it should be an interesting afternoon in Sarasota.
UPDATE: Looks like WLW won’t be covering the game today, but the next two days — with Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo pitching — will be broadcast.