It seems like a lifetime ago, but this time of year reminds me of my seven years in spring training in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Our spring training was in Clearwater, Florida and hundreds of players would pile into the local Best Western and live for six weeks before being assigned to a team. Every day we would wake up at the crack of dawn, eat breakfast at Lenny's or the Homestyle Buffet (which the club had a deal with) and walk over to the facility. The batting cages were open for extra BP and instruction from guys like Billy DeMars, Jerry Martin, or Don Blasingame where you could get a few hundred swings in. At 8am, we would divide into groups organized by level (seven teams in the Phillies org) stretch, move into stations and work on fundamentals until lunch time. During spring training, there is a checklist that every team needs to cover including 1st and 3rd situations, batting practice, bunting practice, PFP's (pitcher fielding practice), outfield drills, cut-offs, baserunning, sliding, etc. Each organization has a different way they did it, so training each player on the system was critical. After our routine cup of soup and a half-sandwich lunch, it was time for games.
Half of the teams would pile out to the four adjacent fields and the other half would hop on the bus and travel. We would rotate against the Cardinals, Yankees, Blue Jays and occassionally play the Reds, White Sox or Orioles. The goal of all of the games, where to get ready for the upcoming season and the pitchers were always ahead of the hitters, so it was important to get as many at bat's as you could to get your timing down and eye's used to seeing 90mph pitches.
After the games, you would get your running in, shower up and then head to the local gym where the most committed players that believed in weight training would pump iron to maintain their intense off-season workouts. After showering, it was time for dinner at the Homestyle Buffet (which everyone got really sick of) and time to either collapse from exhaustion, go see NCAA Tourney games or hit the town before the day started over again.