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Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training

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Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros and Alex Bregman #2 hold the World Series Trophy during the Houston Astros Victory Parade on Nov. 3, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (Tim Warner/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 11:48 AM

Most pitchers and catchers for major league teams reported to spring training this week with the full squads of all teams, including defending World Series champion Houston Astros, making it to Florida and Arizona by the middle of next week.

The Astros, which won their first World Series ever last fall in a dramatic series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be trying to overcome the so-called "championship hangover" as the 2018 season kicks off on April 2, the Bleacher Report wrote.

No team has repeated as World Series champions since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998 to 2000.

The Bleacher Report said that while the Astros managed to hold on to a solid lineup through the offseason, "it will be instructive to monitor their mindset this spring and see how that translates into a season in which they'll go from upstarts to alpha dogs."

Pitchers and catchers for every team except for Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, and Texas Rangers will be in camp Wednesday, according to MLB.com. The Indians, Mariners, and Rangers will have their batteries in Thursday and the Nationals will open their camp to pitchers and catchers on Friday.

Full squads for most teams will make it to spring training camp on Monday, noted MLB.com. The first spring training games in Florida and Arizona for baseball-starved fans will take place Feb. 23.

USA Today wrote that roster-watchers will be interested in seeing where stars like Kansas City Royals free agent Eric Hosmer, former Arizona Diamondback J.D. Martinez, and former Chicago Cub Cy Young-winner Jake Arrieta end up after not being signed by a team during the winter break.

More than 100 players are still up for grabs as the spring training opens and where many of them land could impact team chemistry and alter playoff races as the summer plays on.

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