Originally posted on Summer Ball  |  Last updated 3/17/12
From the Winona Daily News
Spring training seems to agree with Tony Mueller.
“It’s like Christmas for baseball players,” Mueller said.
For Mueller, the present is getting paid to play the sport he loves all day, every day, and it’s wrapped in Florida sunshine.

Mueller, 22, reported to the Atlanta Braves’ combined major and minor league camp in Orlando, Fla., on March 9. He played in the minor leaguers’ first intrasquad game Tuesday, going 1-for-2.

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The summer of 2012 will be the first full season of professional baseball for Mueller, a
La Crosse, Wis., (Logan High School) native who played for Winona State and the La Crosse Loggers before the Braves drafted him in the 13th round in 2011.

Mueller, an outfielder, signed his contract just one day after the draft and reported to the Braves’ Rookie affiliate in Danville, Va. So he missed out on spring training.

“It’s cool that I’m in the same complex as Chipper Jones, Tim Hudson,” Mueller said. “I see them walking out to their cars. The Yankees were here and I saw Alex Rodriguez’ car.”

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