Spring! The end of winter, a time of renewal, the harbinger of baseball! Major League Baseball’s Spring Training is a time when all baseball teams meet up in various cities in Arizona and Florida for approximately 4- 6 weeks to begin preparing for the six month-long baseball season. Spring Training is a time for veteran players to condition their bodies and minds into playing shape for the long season, as well as a time for team managers and personnel to evaluate the rookies and younger players attempting to make the major league roster.
Arizona and Florida are two states where the weather is generally in contrast to other states at this time of year, with warm, mild days, away from the cold and snow of northern and mid-western states. These conditions are ideal for fans and students on spring break to take a respite from their own winter conditions and visit warmer sites while seeing their favorite players and teams in smaller, more fan-friendly environments than offered in the big ballparks during the regular season.
Throughout the years, Spring Training usually ran during the month of March, with catchers and pitchers often reporting 2-3 weeks earlier to begin a regimen of getting their arms in shape. More recently, all players are arriving earlier with actual training games being played earlier as well (the first Arizona games began on February 23, 2012). Spring Training now ends sometime during the last week of March, to give teams time to get back to their home ballparks and prepare for their first regular season game.
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Spring Training: The Official Site of MLB’s Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues (find it on the ipl2)
This is the official Major League Baseball website for its Spring Training prior to the regular season. It includes news, schedules, results, and other features about Major League Baseball’s annual spring training in Arizona and Florida. It also features photos, video and audio clips, and stories about players and teams.
NEW! Cactus League
This website provides information about spring training baseball in Arizona, which has been a tradition for devoted fans since 1947, when just two teams, the Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants, came to prepare for the upcoming baseball season while escaping the cold and snow of the northeastern United States. Today, 15 teams train in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. This website has everything fans need to enjoy one game or several during the 2013 spring training season, as well as information on stadiums, schedules, teams, and official press releases.
Florida’s Grapefruit League (find it on the ipl2)
This is a website for Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training in Florida, where 16 teams play in 15 locations throughout the state. This site provides history, a list of teams and locations, photos, schedules, attendance figures, a printable guide, and related material from the Florida Sports Foundation.
NEW! Old Spring Training Sites
Littered throughout America, particularly in Florida, are former, historic Spring Training venues that have managed to reinvent themselves. Four are even listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It’s a story of how municipalities have turned diamonds once roamed by Hall-of-Famers into homes for future MLB stars. This site lists former Cactus and Grapefruit League Spring Training sites and what they are used for now.
Spring Training Sites for all American League Baseball Teams on Baseball Almanac (find it on the ipl2)
Baseball Almanac presents a comprehensive Spring Training site-chart for the American League. Franchise moves ARE included in this historical chart so reviewing the Oakland Athletics line means data from their time in Philadelphia will be included as well. This website provides all Spring Training site by team, year and location.
Spring Training Sites for all National League Baseball Teams on Baseball Almanac (find it on the ipl2)
Baseball Almanac presents a comprehensive Spring Training site-chart for the National League. Franchise moves ARE included in this historical chart so reviewing the Atlanta Braves line means data from their time in Boston & Milwaukee will be included as well. This website provides all Spring Training site by team, year and location.
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