Cactus and Grapefruit League Spring Training

Chicago CubsWell, I live in the Chicagoland area, and it has been bitterly, awfully cold the past couple days and won’t let up until next week.  I know Canadians are probably laughing at us poor Midwestern-ers, but a high of -1 degree is COLD!  All this cold has me day dreaming of warmer weather and all that comes with it, i.e. BASEBALL.  For anyone that is willing the season to come a little sooner, fans can escape the cold, cold winter and dash off to warmer climates like Phoenix, AZ and Tampa, FL to take in some spring training.  Spring training is right around the corner, huzzah!

The Cactus League got it’s start in 1947 with the Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants.  Now, the city hosts 15 teas in the Phoenix metropolitan area.  It is the biggest congregation of professional baseball facilities in the United States.  The teams in the Cactus League include the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.  The Cactus League kicks off on March 3 with ASU at AZ, CLE at CIN and SF at OAK and wraps up April 4.  A big change in the league for 2015 is that Oakland A’s will be moving their spring training from Phoenix Municipal Stadium to the newly renovated HoHoKam Park, where the Chicago Cubs used to train.  The ASU Sun Devils will also relocate from Packard Stadium to Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

The Grapefruit League training kicks off in the middle of February starting with workouts and games taking place by the beginning of March. An official schedule hasn’t been released just yet for the GL.  There are four main areas that teams focus their training, including Tampa Bay/St. Pete, Gulf Coast, Orlando and Treasure Coast. Teams in the Grapefruit League include Atlanta Braves,Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and the Washington Nationals.

Hang in there fellow cold-weather friends.  Baseball is coming!

 

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