Zack Greinke has been an elite pitcher for most of his career in the MLB. In his 16 seasons, he's captured a Cy Young, 205 wins and owns a 3.35 ERA. He has made the All-Star Game five of the past six years and in 2015 registered a 1.66 ERA, good enough for seventh all-time in the Live Ball Era.
When you're that successful for that long, you get to decide when you come to Spring Training. Grienke, although pitchers and catchers reported on Wednesday, has still not arrived at camp and doesn't plan to until Feb. 22, according to Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker. When Baker was asked about it, his answer said it all.
This isn't something way out of the ordinary for Greinke. Last season, when he played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, he showed up late for Spring Training as well. He apparently was on vacation in Mexico, and the report date just crept up on him.
Greinke apparently had called ownership and asked if he could report on his own time. He was in no rush to get there. After he reported late, he said he hated Spring Training and called it "boring."
Although the reason for his late arrival is unbeknownst to the public right now, you'd be hard-pressed to find a reason for his tardiness that would make anyone take exception to it. MLB fans everywhere know that Greinke has earned the right to come as late as he wants after already accumulating a near Hall-of-Fame resume.