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Sports Management Degree Hub has taken a look at Spring Training. Winter is finally coming to an end, and baseball is finally right around the corner.
BATTER UPThe Fan's Guide to Spring Training
Baseball's back. Shake off the rust of the offseason with a guide to spring training, from where the teams play to which prospects to keep your eye on this year.
Where They PlayWhere does your favorite team play its spring training exhibitions?
Arizona Diamondbacks: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Chicago Cubs: HoHoKam Stadium, Mesa
Chicago White Sox: Camelback Ranch, Glendale
Cincinnati Reds: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
Cleveland Indians: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
Colorado Rockies: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Kansas City Royals: Surprise Stadium, Surprise
L.A. Angels: Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe
L.A. Dodgers: Camelback Ranch, Glendale
Milwaukee Brewers: Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix
Oakland Athletics: Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix
San Diego Padres: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
San Francisco Giants: Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale
Seattle Mariners: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
Texas Rangers: Surprise Stadium, Surprise
Atlanta Braves: Champion Stadium, Lake Buena Vista at Walt Disney World
Baltimore Orioles: Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota
Boston Red Sox: JetBlue Park, Fort Myers
Detroit Tigers: Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland
Houston Astros: Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee
Miami Marlins: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
Minnesota Twins: Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers
N.Y. Mets: Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie
N.Y. Yankees: George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa
Philadelphia Phillies: Bright House Field, Clearwater
Pittsburgh Pirates: McKechnie Field, Bradenton
St. Louis Cardinals: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
Tampa Bay Rays: Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte
Toronto Blue Jays: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin
Washington Nationals: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
For most teams, their spring training site is hundreds of miles away.Longest distance from home stadium
Cleveland Indians 2,031
Minnesota Twins 1,859
Milwaukee Brewers 1,837
Cincinnati Reds 1,831
Chicago White Sox 1,797
Shortest distance from home city
Arizona Diamondbacks 22
Miami Marlins 85
Tampa Bay Rays 99
San Diego Padres 353
L.A. Angels 365
About the stadiumsNewest: JetBlue Field, opened in 2012
Oldest: McKechnie Field; opened 1923
Smallest: Osceola Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla. Capacity: 5,300
Biggest: Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. Capacity: 13,500
Cheapest seat: $6, Oakland Athletics
Priciest seat: $41, L.A. Dodgers, Chicago White Sox
Spring Training HistoryThe New York Giants established the first permanent spring training site in Marlin, Texas, in 1908, where the team trained before moving to Gainesville, Florida, in 1919.
Over the years, teams have varied their spring training locations, both in the U.S. and around the world.
Catalina Island, California
West Lafayette, Indiana
Prospects to WatchJameson Taillon
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Height/Weight: 6'6", 225 lbs.
Team: Boston Red Sox
Height/Weight: 6'3", 175 lbs.
Team: Miami Marlins
Height/Weight: 6'3", 215 lbs.
Team: New York Mets
Height/Weight: 6'4", 185 lbs.
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Height/Weight: 6'4", 220 lbs.
Team: Seattle Mariners
Height/Weight: 6'4", 210 lbs.
Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Height/Weight: 6'3", 205 lbs.
Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Height/Weight: 6'2", 180 lbs.
Team: Baltimore Orioles
Height/Weight: 6'1", 195 lbs.
Team: Texas Rangers
Height/Weight: 6'0", 165 lbs.
Christian Science Monitor