Camping for the future

People who have spent much time in Mike Scioscia's early-morning media sessions in spring training know there's one topic that can trigger an unstoppable avalanche of words from the former catcher. You can be sitting there for 40 minutes and, since it's about 8:30 a.m., there's really not enough coffee in the world to prepare you.

The topic: the pitcher-catcher relationship (and it's importance in the game).

The Angels decided to formalize Scioscia's obsession this winter. Last month, after getting approval from owner Arte Moreno, they held their first ever pitcher-catcher camp, led by pitching coach Mike Butcher. The team invited 17 low-minor league pitchers and catchers, including one youngster who flew all the way from the academy in the Dominican Republic.

How'd it go?

"We were pretty excited about it," Angels farm director Abe Flores said. "We feel like it's going to be a big thing for us in the future."