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Pittsford local hoping for White Sox position after extended spring training

Rich Donnelly
Updated: May 19, 2020 11:32 PM
Created: May 19, 2020 09:24 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Every baseball player in America went to spring training three months ago. Because the world changed in March, many of those players are still at spring training while they wait for the baseball season to start, and that includes Pittsford's Danny Mendick.

We should be almost two full months into the baseball season right now. Instead, ballparks across the country are quiet. That is except for a select few players who chose to stay at their spring training sites.

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Mendick is in the White Sox organization, he and about 10 other players never left Arizona when the season was put on pause.

"Every precaution is taken,” Mendick said. “You need to wipe stuff down, stay a certain distance apart and for the most part you do that in general in baseball, you play catch and you're never really too close to someone."

Danny made it up to the big leagues last year, this year he planned to play so well that the White Sox would want to keep him after spring training.

"I'm going in there to win a job. I've always played like that, my whole career's been like that,” Mendick said. “I just went in with the same mindset that I have to win a job."

Now the mindset is to stay ready to continue to fight for that job in the big leagues.

"You try to prepare for a game so when they say it's going back you don't show up and your legs are dead,” Mendick said. “It's just about staying ready in that mind and focus."

The hot-button issue about returning to sports is when should fans be allowed in stadiums, for players like Mendick who are on the field, just playing baseball is the biggest goal.

"Don't get me wrong, the fans are what bring the excitement to the game, but I think that's going to be the best is to have the ability for everybody to watch baseball again," Mendick said.

And as for what he's doing until people can watch him play baseball again?

"I’m big on Netflix, I play a lot of video games and actually I play a lot of golf," Mendick said. "I'm excited to watch the Tiger, Phil, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning golf match, put an X on that day, I ain't doing anything that day, got to watch that."

Let it be known that Mendick will be unavailable this coming Sunday so he can watch that golf match.


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