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Not everyone is buying it, though.

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

It's back.

Today is the first workout for pitchers and catchers at Spring Training for the Braves.

Thank goodness.

In other news, Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon finally apologized for choking league MVP and teammate Bryce Harper. Our friends at Federal Baseball aren't buying it, though.

"I want to apologize to the fans and the coaches and everyone included. I think that with what happened last year, I was in the wrong. Should have never went down that way, and I understand that. I had a lot of time this offseason to reflect on that. I've had three months to think about it. I've done a lot of reflecting, and I think sometimes in life, good things can come out of bad situations."

Towards the end, he started to backtrack. Later, he backtracked even further.

"I don't know, it just happened. Kind of like when you shake up a bottle and you open up the top, it explodes sometimes and you don't know why. I don't know why. That's a tough question."

Everybody knows why a coke bottle explodes.

Anybody have a guess as to how long for the coke bottle of the Nationals explodes this season? After all, USA Today did pick them to win the NL East AGAIN. The projected record is not quite as lofty, but will the Nationals fail to live up to expectations yet again?

Another pitcher in the NL East with a tumultuous situation is Jose Fernandez. There are now reports that the Miami Marlins will certainly trade him if they are not in contention by July. But why?

Why would you trade a potential franchise cornerstone? Why would you trade one of the most dominant pitchers in the game when healthy?

Because you're the Marlins, I guess.

Finally, what do you do to receive a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball? You get caught taking steroids. Three times.

That's exactly what former Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has done. He should know better than anyone that three strikes means you're out.

This isn't like Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts taking a fertility drug, because him and his wife were trying to have a child. This is a player who got popped for an anabolic steroid three times. In a relatively short period of time.

Come on man.