Late in one of the Wild Things’ intrasquad games during a soggy spring training, shortstop Joe Spiers tried to make a diving, over-the-head catch of a fly ball in shallow left field.

Spiers landed face-first on the water-logged grass at Consol Energy Park.


“I was sinking while I was running,” Spiers recalled. “When I hit the ground, I plugged.”

Like a golf ball.

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