Have you ever experienced the excitement of seeing professional baseball players practicing during spring training? If you have, you’re really lucky! The purpose of spring training is to let the teams practice in real game-like conditions. You can either watch them practicing or playing a game of scrimmage.

In Arizona, spring training started in the middle of February and ends just before the start of the regular season. Traditionally, opening day for the regular season is the first week of April.

The teams that have spring training in Arizona are members of the Cactus League. There are 15 teams in the Cactus League. They are the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Colorado Rockies, Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and the Texas Rangers.

Arizona has 10 spring training stadiums and the farthest stadiums are about 50 miles apart, so you don’t have to travel too far to catch a game. A non-baseball fan might think it sounds boring to watch, but there’s more to it. You get a better opportunity of snatching a foul ball or even getting an autograph since there are less people, the practice stadiums are smaller, and you are closer to the field.

There are a lot of fun things to do at spring training and if you ever get the opportunity, I say you should take a chance and experience it for yourself! 

Visit www.cactusleague.com for game information and tickets.

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Tara Woodward