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Riley Greene’s bat injects life into camp


LAKELAND, Fla. — It felt like a funeral in a ballpark.

Less than 24 hours after MLB canceled the first week of regular-season games, the mood at TigerTown was dreary.

There were sad faces and gloomy whispers — and that was just a small group of reporters gathered between fields on a cold morning — but the Detroit Tigers still held minicamp on Wednesday morning. 

“Bring positive energy!” a coach yelled. “Control the controllables!”

Tigers outfield prospect Riley Greene takes batting practice during spring training Minor League minicamp Monday, Feb. 21, 2022 at Tiger Town in Lakeland, Florida.

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And nobody can control this. 

Nobody has any idea how long the lockout will last. 

Or when the season might start. 

Or when the players might start spring training. 

Some members of the Tigers organization don’t know if they will be staying in Lakeland or heading back to Detroit. 

All they know is that games have been canceled. 

But these minor leaguers continue to train, getting ready for their seasons. 

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