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Batter Up: The Fan's Guide To Spring Training

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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.


The 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 Play

Where does your favorite team play its spring training exhibitions?

Cactus League-Arizona
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
Grapefruit League-Florida
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 stadiums

Newest: 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 History

The 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.

New Orleans
Mobile, Alabama
Catalina Island, California
West Lafayette, Indiana

Prospects to Watch

Jameson Taillon
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Position: RHP
Age: 21
Height/Weight: 6'6", 225 lbs.

Xander Bogaerts
Team: Boston Red Sox
Position: SS
Age: 20
Height/Weight: 6'3", 175 lbs.

Jose Fernandez
Team: Miami Marlins
Position: RHP
Age: 20
Height/Weight: 6'3", 215 lbs.

Zack Wheeler
Team: New York Mets
Position: RHP
Age: 22
Height/Weight: 6'4", 185 lbs.

Gerrit Cole
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Position: RHP
Age: 22
Height/Weight: 6'4", 220 lbs.

Taijuan Walker
Team: Seattle Mariners
Position: RHP
Age: 20
Height/Weight: 6'4", 210 lbs.

Wil Myers
Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Position: OF
Age: 22
Height/Weight: 6'3", 205 lbs.

Oscar Taveras
Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Position: OF
Age: 20
Height/Weight: 6'2", 180 lbs.

Dylan Bundy
Team: Baltimore Orioles
Position: RHP
Age: 20
Height/Weight: 6'1", 195 lbs.

Jurickson Profar
Team: Texas Rangers
Position: SS
Age: 21
Height/Weight: 6'0", 165 lbs.

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Batter Up: The Fan's Guide To Spring Training