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NL Central Notes: Mike Tomlin visits Pirates, Cubs youngsters

The latest news from around the National League Central.

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin made his annual visit to Bradenton, Florida and spoke to the Pirates coaches and players in their clubhouse on Monday. His advice? "Be where you are". Tomlin mentioned that it's human nature for players to mental check out as teams get to the end of their training sessions.

Tomlin was joined by Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, as they use this to gather ideas that they can translate back to the gridiron.

More news from around the National League Central:

  • Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schawarber and Jorge Soler. That's the group that the Cubs will be relying on offensive in 2016, and they all just happen to be entering their sophomore seasons this year. Jesse Rogers of talked about the high expectations that this group has for this year.
  • Wick Terrell of Red Reporters says that the Reds' roster decisions all depend on what they decide to do with Jose Peraza.
  • Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel wrote about the Brewers outfield situation, and how three guys are fighting for the final two outfield spots on the roster. Keon Broxton, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Alex Presley will be looking to get one of those final two spots.
  • The Cardinals have had a rather rough spring training, trying to work out all the kinks. Losses are starting to pile up, and recent news about third base coach Jose Oquendo potentially missing the season has the locker room trying to right itself, writes Derrick Goold of the St Louis Post-Dispatch. A meeting with the player leadership group lead to the Cardinals having one of their more complete efforts in a while, a 3-1 win over the New York Mets.