The way Ryan Zimmerman sees it, change is not something to get all worked up about. After being the Washington Nationals opening day third baseman for the past nine seasons, the 30-year-old is making the transition to first base this spring. ''All good things come to an end,'' Zimmerman said Tuesday. We'll go from there.'' For the second straight day, Zimmerman spent his morning working out in the stadium with manager Matt Williams and coaches Mark Weidemaier and Jeff Garber.
Cubs great Ernie Banks had assets worth just $16,000 when he died, an attorney for the woman who cared for him during his final years said Tuesday in a contentious court appearance over his will that prompted a judge to demand details. Cook County Probate Judge James Riley gave caregiver Regina Rice 30 days to provide a full accounting of Banks' estate at the time of his death last month at age 83. Rice and Banks' estranged wife, Elizabeth Banks, have fought over what he wanted done with his remains and who should inherit his estate. Elizabeth Banks prevailed with the remains, having them buried at a cemetery just a few blocks from Wrigley Field even though she said Rice wanted to cremate them.
Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis have been hired by Chicago Cubs' executive Theo Epstein, their old boss on the Boston Red Sox. After serving as a player-coach for Triple-A Iowa during the second half of last season, Ramirez was announced Tuesday as the Cubs' hitting consultant. ''Manny got rave reviews from everybody he worked with, from the young hitters he helped influence to the coaches he spent a lot of time around,'' said Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations. ''He did a great job of fitting in and sharing his wisdom and experience while being a good influence.'' Suspended by Major League Baseball in 2009 and 2011 for performance-enhancing drugs, Ramirez made a positive impression with Epstein last summer.
Giancarlo Stanton arrived at spring training in the same old Maserati he drove last year. ''I haven't changed at all,'' Stanton said Tuesday. There were more fans and more media, because of both Stanton and Ichiro Suzuki, who was acquired in the offseason and reported to camp tailed by his usual entourage of Japanese reporters. While the Marlins haven't been to the postseason since 2003, a productive winter allowed players to talk about contending without sounding silly.
Big Papi arrived at spring training with a weighty quip about new teammate Pablo Sandoval. ''My belly hasn't grown like Panda,'' David Ortiz said Tuesday, joking about new Boston Red Sox teammate Sandoval. Ortiz, the final player on the 40-man roster to report, wore black-framed glasses and was dressed in a black T-shirt with black jeans. ''It's like that every year, I think, everybody anticipates him showing up,'' Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz said.