What is spring training? Well, one thing it isn’t is just a fun trip to Florida or Arizona. Each team plays roughly 30 games every spring in spring training, plus practicing, and regular workouts. The main reason for spring training is to get players back in shape before the season starts. As you can probably guess, spring training is held in more southern states so that teams in the North don’t have to practice in the freezing cold. Teams will either play in Florida or Arizona depending on what spring training league they are in.
There are two spring training leagues. One is called the Grapefruit league, and the other is called the Cactus league. Teams in the Cactus league include the Cubs, White Sox, Diamondbacks, Reds, Indians, Rockies, Royals, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers, Athletics, Padres, Giants, Mariners, and Rangers. Teams in the Grapefruit league include the Braves, Orioles, Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies, Nationals, Pirates, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Rays, Yankees, Mets, Twins, Astros, and Marlins.
East coast teams are in Florida and the Grapefruit league and vice versa with the West coast teams. This is only because Florida is on the East coast and easier to get to for East coast teams, and Arizona is easier to get to for west coast teams. Just because teams are in different leagues, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t intra-league play.
Spring training is also a chance for fans to get more up close to their favorite players. If fans get there early, they can watch players warm up and take batting practice even more than if they go to regular season game. So, that’s the basics and a little more about baseball spring training. Get ready for the regular season!!