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 Spring Training

Spring training is the string of practice and exhibition games that Major League Baseball teams play prior to the start of regular season in order to get themselves prepared for the big event (MLB). Spring training is considered as the wonderful opportunity for the MLB players and teams to brush up their performances and do the required fine-tuning, so that they can be fully prepared for the competitive event. It also allows new players to try out for roster and position spots. Not only the MLB teams and players get an opportunity to prepare themselves, MLB fans also find Spring Training an unique opportunity to learn how prepared their favorite players are for the big event.
Spring training usually concurs during the spring break of many colleges. Hence, the event also draws healthy number of spectators, who love to move to the warmer climates and enjoy the match as well as the weather at the same time.
Spring training continues for almost two months. It starts from mid February and continues till the first week of April (till the start of the season opening day). It may also happen that some teams are playing their last games of the spring training in the same day when some others are playing their inaugural matches of the MLB season. It’s the pitchers and catchers who report for the training first, as the longer training period helps the pitchers immensely. The position players follow them and join the practice a week or so later.
Spring Training Leagues
Spring training has two leagues, viz. Grapefruit League and Cactus League.
Grapefruit League will have teams that train in Florida, regardless of their affiliations in the regular season league. Similarly, Cactus League will have teams that train in Arizona.
The teams have the options to play colleges, minor league baseball clubs, split-squad games, intro-squad games and even B Games (unofficial Spring Training games).
Spring Training Teams
Following are the teams of spring training:
Grapefruit League:
Atlanta Braves
Champion Stadium
Lake Buena Vista
Boston Red Sox
City of Palms Park
Fort Myers
Baltimore Orioles
Ed Smith Stadium
Detroit Tigers
Joker Marchant Stadium
Florida Marlins
Roger Dean Stadium
Houston Astros
Osceola County Stadium
Minnesota Twins
Hammond Stadium
Fort Myers
New York Mets
Tradition Field
Port St. Lucie
New York Yankees
George M. Steinbrenner Field
Philadelphia Phillies
Bright House Field
Pittsburgh Pirates
McKechnie Field
St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium
Tampa Bay Rays
Charlotte Sports Park
Port Charlotte
Toronto Blue Jays
Dunedin Stadium
Washington Nationals
Space Coast Stadium
Cactus League:
Arizona Diamondbacks
Tucson Electric Park
Chicago Cubs
HoHoKam Park
Chicago White Sox
Camelback Ranch
Cincinnati Reds
Goodyear Ballpark
Cleveland Indians
Goodyear Ballpark
Colorado Rockies
Hi Corbett Field
Kansas City Royals
Surprise Stadium
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Tempe Diablo Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers
Camelback Ranch
Milwaukee Brewers
Maryvale Baseball Park
Oakland Athletics
Phoenix Municipal Stadium
San Diego Padres
Peoria Sports Complex
San Francisco Giants
Scottsdale Stadium
Seattle Mariners
Peoria Sports Complex
Texas Rangers
Surprise Stadium
Extended Spring Training
There is another version of spring training, called “extended spring training”, which is for the ‘unready’ inexperienced or injured players. It includes rehabilitation sessions, workouts and exhibition games.
Minor league players also participate in spring training after a telescoped schedule, which usually lasts from March 1 to 31. After the conclusion of training, most of the players are placed in full-season Triple-A, Double-A or Class A farm team rosters. Those who are found unready due to inexperience or injury, are sent to the extended spring training. Once a player is found to be ready for full-season league, he is sent to the team.


Last updated on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 15:39.

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