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Avila on moving into new facility: It’s like the Beverly Hillbillies

Al Avila’s voice was going on Thursday, the result of what he called getting sick while flying back and forth between Florida and Detroit. It was difficult timing, since he had a big part in MLB’s second annual Grapefruit League Media Day followed by a speaking role at the Florida Governor’s Baseball Dinner.

Still, his message was pretty sharp. When someone asked about the difference between their old Spring Training complex and the renovated version, he had an analogy ready.

“You guys remember how tiny and small the offices and the clubhouse and the weight room was,” Avila said.