Saltalamacchia sets standard for work ethic

Saltalamacchia sets standard for work ethic

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins appear to have a successor to Juan Pierre for being the first to arrive to camp every morning.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia plans on rolling into the Roger Dean Stadium complex around 5:15 a.m. ET each day. If he is running a little late, it will be around 5:30.

"I like to get here early," the 28-year-old catcher said. "Usually, around 9 o'clock [it's stretching]. I like to get my work done and stay out of the way."

A year ago, Pierre held the distinction of being the first player at the complex. Pierre's work ethic is well documented, and he established that in his two stints with the organization (2003-05) and '13.

Sunday marked the opening of Spring Training for the Marlins, but there was no reason to be there bright and early because the first workouts started around 1 p.m.

But on Monday, players are expected to stretch around 9:15 a.m.

Closer Steve Cishek also is at camp early.

Saltalamacchia, part of the Red Sox World Series championship team, says he has always been an early riser.

"In the afternoons, it's tough to get in the weight room," Saltalamacchia said. "There are a lot of guys in there. So, I get my weights done. I'll get in the hot tub and get loose.

"I've always been early. Even night games, I get there early so I can kind of adjust and get ready for the game."

For a 7:10 p.m. regular season game, Saltalamacchia gets to the ballpark around noon.

"Even on off-days, I get up around 7," Saltalamacchia said. "I guess mentally, it helps me prepare a little better."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter