He said, She … croaked

Hi folks … Froggy the Gremlin here … recovering from the last vestiges of the cold I picked up on, thankfully, the last day of RCDP …

But there is no better panacea for the winter chills than thinking about spring training! And ATM will OFFICIALLY get festivities started this Tuesday when we kick off our organizational preview shows.

Notice I don’t say ANNUAL shows … this is the first time we’ve done this so please bear with us and feel free to pitch in with input, ideas and, especially, questions you may have about players you want to know about in advance …

The plan is to focus on two organizations, one AL and one NL (until, of course, the final show) and tackle a few key questions about each one … hoping to bring on a farm director or other highly-placed front office executive for each system who will chat with us about hopes and plans for 2007 … and it will all wrap up neatly on March 6, just in time for the Minor Leaguers to start reporting to the backfields and Minor League camps in Florida and Arizona (and you know who will be THERE as well for that).

Anyway, here is the list of dates to circle on your desk calendars or, as Jonathan points out, your Outlook (I am hopeless with all things technical which is why it’s taken me a year to figure out how to blog):

Tuesday, Jan. 16: BALTIMORE and ARIZONA

Friday, Jan. 19: BOSTON and ATLANTA

Tuesday, Jan. 23: CHICAGO and CHICAGO

Friday, Jan. 26: CLEVELAND and CINCINNATI

Tuesday, Jan. 30: DETROIT and COLORADO

Friday, Feb. 2: KC and FLORIDA

Tuesday, Feb. 6: LA ANGELS and HOUSTON

Friday, Feb. 9: MINNESOTA and LA DODGERS

Tuesday, Feb. 13: NY YANKEES and MILWAUKEE

Friday, Feb. 16: OAKLAND and NY METS

Tuesday, Feb. 20: SEATTLE and PHILLY

Friday, Feb. 23: TAMPA BAY and PITTSBURGH

Tuesday, Feb. 27: TEXAS and ST. LOUIS

Friday, March 2: TORONTO and SAN DIEGO

Tuesday, March 6: SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON

REALLY enjoyed today’s show with Arizona Diamondbacks pitching prospect Micah Owings, the starting pitcher in last year’s Bricktown Showdown (which has officially been extended through 2008) and Boston Red Sox outfield prospect Jeff Corsaletti, a VERY proud Gators alumni, joining us. (Jeff, hoping you make good on that promise of a Mr. Celery T-shirt!!! j/k). You can hear more from Micah next Wednesday, Jan. 17, when we post the links to the video interviews we did from RCDP with prospects from each of the 30 organizations … and I can guarantee that Jeff will be getting more calls from us to come on ATM in the future!

So meanwhile, since there is no such thing as a weekend or downtime for us here at ATM (not that we’d want there to be of course), Jonathan and I are both working diligently these next few days to finish capsules for the Top 100 prospects for the upcoming Fantasy 411 guide (please remember that Top 100 prospects for fantasy purposes does not directly reflect Top 100 prospects period). So yet another package for you all to look forward to in the near future …

OK, time to wrap this up and go spend a little quality time with my daughter (the final episode of Season 2 of Dawson’s Creek awaits … hey, it’s no Gilmore Girls but it has its strange charms).

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