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More from Durham's Geltz on Buffalo weather, and his MLB debut video

By Mike Harrington

Be sure to read Sunday's Inside Baseball column on Durham pitcher Steve Geltz, the Ransomville native and former hurler at Wilson High and the University at Buffalo.

Here's one little vignette I didn't get into the story: At spring training this year in Tempe, Ariz., with the Los Angeles Angels, rookies were assigned different tasks or projects to carry through camp. Geltz's assignment from manager Mike Scioscia? The weather reports for camp -- and for his home metro area of Buffalo.

"So I'd go get Tempe and Buffalo and post it in the bulletin board and then to get ahead and get some brownie points I'd get road places we were going like Peoria or Surprise," Geltz told me Friday in the Durham clubhouse. "I'd have to stand up in the middle of the morning meeting and I'd have UV index, pollen count, all that. Then they'd be like,'What's it like back home?' and I'd have to say like, '8 (degrees) with snow.' 

"I actually kind of lucked out. Some guys had to do projects, trips, go to butterfly museums. I just had to print the weather out."

And as promised in the column, here's the video showing Geltz's debut inning for the Angels last August against Tampa Bay. There's no embed code (sorry) but the link gets you there.


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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