MLB spring training

Taylor Knifley, Staff Writer

Major League Baseball has been around since 1869. The MLB season starts towards the end of March, but spring training begins in mid February. “Spring training helps the players get prepared for their long season. MLB’s preseason ritual clocks in at 37 days, which can be considered lengthy” (“Each MLB Team’s Player Most Likely to Be Trade in 20119-20 Offseason”). February 10 was the first day for the catchers and pitchers to start their training. They train first because they benefit the most from long training. There are more pitchers on certain teams, so training with them early helps all of them get warmed up. Most of the teams will start their “full squad” workout around February 17 or 18.

For spring training, the teams travel to either Arizona or Florida based on their geographic location. The eastern teams play in Florida and western teams in Arizona. “There are two leagues set up for spring training: the Grapefruit League in Florida and the Cactus League in Arizona with 15 teams apiece” (“MLB Spring Training Explained: Grapefruit League, Cactus League”). While they compete, people are welcome to buy tickets to watch the competitions. Each team plays and prepares for the actual season. Depending on the time and location of the practice, the tickets can vary from forty-five dollars to six dollars (“MLB Spring Training Tickets”).

Trades are part of the spring training for MLB. During the summer, the teams have ten days to pick their players. They also have a chance at losing players through waivers. There are many rules to trading and each team takes it seriously. Teams can only trade players under contract. The trading begins two days after the World Series, and the last day to trade is July 31. Spring training helps the coaches and teams look at certain players and observe the newcomers. Each team has their top ‘prospects,’ such as Nate Pearson, Brendan McKay, Nolan Jones, Luis Robert, and Dustin May.

Works Cited
“Each MLB Team’s Player Most Likely to Be Trade in 20119-20 Offseason.” B-R, Accessed 11 February 2020.
“MLB Spring Training Explained: Grapefruit League, Cactus League.”, Accessed 11 February 2020.
“MLB Spring Training Tickets.” StubHub, Accessed 11 February 2020.