Spring training is a time of new beginnings, when the baseball world preps for another season. Hope is in the air, with rookies fighting for roster spots and veterans prepping for another campaign. Every team in spring training has a shot to contend for a title, as life on the diamond begins anew.
Hardcore baseball fans scout their favorite teams and eagerly track every open roster spot. Casual fans head to spring training in search of the perfect Arizona experience, happy to sip a brew at the outfield bar. This book is for both kinds of fans.
This book covers the 15 Cactus League teams playing out of 10 training camps: Camelback Ranch-Glendale (Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers), Goodyear Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians), Hohokam Stadium (Oakland Athletics), Maryvale Baseball Park (Milwaukee Brewers), Peoria Stadium (San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners), Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, (Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies), Scottsdale Stadium (San Francisco Giants), Sloan Park (Chicago Cubs), Surprise Stadium (Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers), and Tempe Diablo Stadium (Los Angeles Angels), as well as Phoenix Municipal Stadium, home of the Arizona State University Sun Devils, and the new GCU Ballpark in Phoenix. Also covered: exhibition games in Las Vegas and Montreal.
Changes for the 2019 spring-training season are highlighted, including a preview of the renovated Maryvale Baseball Park, as the Milwaukee Brewers overhaul their longtime Phoenix springtime home.
Each chapter features:
•Best seats in each ballpark, whether you want comfort, shade, accessibility or autographs
•Must-sees before and after the games, including local baseball attractions and sports bars
•Training information, to plan a trip before the games start
•Information on new and renovated ballparks
•Travel tips: Low fares at nearby airports, alternative routes (beat the traffic!) and freeway shortcuts
•College games: create your own day-night doubleheaders
•Points of interest for the baseball history fan
•Changes for spring training 2019 and beyond
This book has been totally revised for spring training 2019, with pricing, ballpark offerings and information updated. And yes, it does include schedules.