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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Cold snap puts chill on spring training for Toronto Blue Jays in Florida. Sorry Grist, not a 'record low,' just a normal cold snap

3/6/13, "Blue Jays: Cold snap puts chill on spring training in Florida," Toronto Star, Brendan Kennedy, Dunedin, Fla.

"Over the past week, temperatures have dropped below 10C at the Blue Jays’ spring training home, with high winds making it feel even colder."
"Adam Lind emerged from the Blue Jays’ spring-training clubhouse with the drawstrings of his hoodie pulled so tight he looked like Kenny from South Park. “Get your long johns on,” said Michigan-native Pat Hentgen, the Jays’ bullpen coach, coaxing timid players out of the locker room for morning workouts on the weekend.

This is Florida?” asked incredulous reliever Steve Delabar as he stepped out against the chilly Dunedin breeze. Over the past week, temperatures have dropped below 10C at the Blue Jays’ spring training home, with high winds making it feel even colder. 

Sunday’s 6C [42.8F] low was the second-coldest temperature in the area since 1999; Wednesday’s low was 7C. The normal low for this time of year is around 15C. “You bundle up and you get your work in and you hope that you don’t have to be out there too long on a cold day like today,” Delabar said.

Meanwhile, last month in Arizona, some Cactus League teams were snowed out after a freak storm. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies had to cancel practice altogether.

Weather experts say it’s just a little cold snap, not a record-low by any means.

“I don’t know, man,” said Ricky Romero, who was wearing multiple layers as he returned to the warm clubhouse after Wednesday morning’s workout. “It’s never felt this cold here.”

The conditions have been tough on pitchers in particular, who have complained about having trouble gripping “slick” balls in the cold and windy weather. That wind hasn’t helped them out either. In Saturday’s game against Philadelphia, with a brisk 24 m.p.h. wind blowing straight out to centrefield, the Jays and Phillies combined for five home runs. TIGERS 4, BLUE JAYS 1."...via Tom Nelson

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