Jones Misses Hanging Out in Clubhouse
Pitcher says today's players arrive early and leave right after game
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted May 18, 2008 7:24 AM CDT
Detroit Tigers pitcher Todd Jones, left, talks to catcher Ivan Rodriguez after the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 in a baseball game on Friday, April 11, 2008, in Chicago.    (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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(Newser) – Major League clubhouses are not what they used to be, reports Detroit Tigers reliever Todd Jones on his blog for the Sporting News. Years ago, players used to arrive late and leave even later after games, sometimes hanging out together til 3 in the morning. Now players arrive way earlier than needed and leave right after the game. Issues with the team are settled before the game rather than in long bull sessions after.

Jones says another aged-old clubhouse tradition has changed as well—TV watching. Clubhouses now have many more TVs, which are often used for hitters to study that day's pitchers. Gone are the days when teams used to watch the same movie together every day if it had kicked off a winning streak.