You can learn a lot about a baseball team from its locker room. The clubhouse is where relationships form, character is revealed and leaders speak out (or not). For the major league rookie, clubhouse real estate is valuable — sometimes priceless. Imagine being the rookie who spent eight months out of the year next to Sandy Koufax? Roberto Clemente? Lou Gehrig? Tom Seaver? These were model athletes, wise and humble men, who used their talent to teach.
New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya is flooding Port St. Lucie with arms, each of them unique. There are young arms, veteran arms, healthy arms and refurbished arms. They are slinging pitches from every angle, on a series of mounds, across the green terra firma at the Tradition Sports Complex.