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Goldeyes Open Training Camp at Shaw Park

May 7, 2012 9:18 AM | Sports

Goldeyes pitcher Ace Walker practices at Shaw Park during the first day of training camp on Saturday, May 5, 2012. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Fans at Shaw Park attend the Winnipeg Goldeyes' open house on Saturday. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Fans got a look at their 2012 Winnipeg Goldeyes over the weekend, as training camp for the American Association opened Saturday at Shaw Park.

About 2,000 fans turned out for the annual open house to see the team up close running drills and practicing for their first game of the year. The Fish open the regular season on the road against the Amarillo Sox on May 18. A series of exhibition games will be played before then against the St. Paul Saints, Kansas City T-Bones and University of Winnipeg Wesmen.

Super fans Marlene Wright and Jeff Roos attend the open house on Saturday at Shaw Park. Wright hasn't missed a Goldeyes game in 13 years, while Roos takes in about 30 games each season. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Twenty-six players currently make up the Goldeyes’ training camp roster, as manager Rick Forney put his players through several drills in front of an eager audience who came out to the free event.

“I think our biggest question in camp right now is we have to iron out our rookie situation,” Forney said following opening day. “It really hasn’t been much of an issue for our team the last two years.”

Forney hinted the team may need another left-handed pitcher in the mix, but the team later announced Sunday that Anthony Friesen had been added to the training camp roster.

The Fish will have six chances to loosen up and work as a unit in the form of exhibition play this month, with a series of games evenly split on the road and at home. Once the 18th rolls around, Winnipeg will have nine games in a row on the road before returning home for a six-game homestand with the Amarillo Sox and the Gary SouthShore Railcats beginning May 29.