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We are merely days away from the start Of Spring Training. Of course being in the Phoenix area I will be able To attend multiple games. So glad baseball is back!

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That was honestly the best thing about growing up in Tucson for me. First it was the Indians, than the Rockies. Got to see a lot of baseball and score some pretty sweet autographs!

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Jealous of you Florida and Arizona residents. Every year I want to head down to Florida or Arizona for Spring Training but it never ends up working out. One day it will happen, though.

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1 month from now the wife and I head out for our annual Spring Training trip!!!

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Jealous of you Florida and Arizona residents. Every year I want to head down to Florida or Arizona for Spring Training but it never ends up working out. One day it will happen, though.

It's really not all it's cracked up to be. I can't speak for everyone else, obviously, because they may have different tastes, but as much as I love baseball, I find exhibition baseball to be absolutely boring. Unless I'm watching because a top prospect is pitching or something, it's impossible for me to remotely care about spring training baseball.

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Jealous of you Florida and Arizona residents. Every year I want to head down to Florida or Arizona for Spring Training but it never ends up working out. One day it will happen, though.

It's really not all it's cracked up to be. I can't speak for everyone else, obviously, because they may have different tastes, but as much as I love baseball, I find exhibition baseball to be absolutely boring. Unless I'm watching because a top prospect is pitching or something, it's impossible for me to remotely care about spring training baseball.

Samesies. I've been to a bunch of Spring Training games in Sarasota and Orlando and the only remarkable thing that happened was Arod hit a home run that landed in a kid's glove and the kid wasn't pay attention to the game or even trying to catch it. It just *plop* landed in his glove.

I get excited for opening day. I couldn't care less about what happens in Spring Training. That is, unless one of my team's players ends up getting injured or their stats go in the tank. Same reason I don't get excited for preseason football or hockey.

"Pitchers and Catchers Report today!" is a nice sign that Winter is almost over, but other than that I don't really care.

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I also couldn't care less about preseason sports. I've been to Spring Training a couple times, and the only cool thing about it is the added access you have to the players, and the cheaper tickets. It's cool to go to if you live there, or are in town for something else (like me, I went to go see Coyotes games), but I'd never go to Arizona or Florida just for Spring Training. I can kinda understand why some people from the midwest and east coast do it, as it's a way to go enjoy better weather for a while, but California has better weather than both Arizona and Florida, so it wouldn't make as much sense for me to go.

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Jealous of you Florida and Arizona residents. Every year I want to head down to Florida or Arizona for Spring Training but it never ends up working out. One day it will happen, though.

It's really not all it's cracked up to be. I can't speak for everyone else, obviously, because they may have different tastes, but as much as I love baseball, I find exhibition baseball to be absolutely boring. Unless I'm watching because a top prospect is pitching or something, it's impossible for me to remotely care about spring training baseball.

I couldn't disagree with you more. Living in Spring Training territory is awesome. The weather is nice, the people are friendly, you see a lot of ball players for your team you won't see much of during the regular season, and you get baseball a month early. What's there to complain about?

I can't speak for Florida, but this is the best time of year here in Arizona. I've got a really good friend coming out from Japan next week for the games, and we've already got tickets to six games in the first four days.

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I think it's probably a bit better for those in Arizona than in Florida. The Cactus League venues are pretty accessible from each other. I think the farthest two are only like 45 minutes from each other at the most. So you can go to any game with as little planning as a whim. Whereas in Florida, they're a bit more spread out, so you don't have the same variety or access without actually setting aside time.

In Arizona, it's a fun way to waste an afternoon. In Florida, it's a day trip.

Compare:

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I remember they had a few teams play in Tucson fairly recently, until I guess everyone just wanted to stay in the Phoenix metro area.

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Well it was unnecessary to have one team that far from everybody else. Especially for a long time, that team was the one that plays it's regular season in Phoenix.

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Well it was unnecessary to have one team that far from everybody else. Especially for a long time, that team was the one that plays it's regular season in Phoenix.

I remember I saw the Giants play the White Sox in 1999 there(they shared the stadium with the D-backs). The Rockies played in Tucson also, until they moved with AZ to the new Talking Stick fields. The Indians had played in Tucson for a very long time before going to Florida(and are in Phoenix now). The facility the Rockies and Indians used now is home to the Wildcats baseball program. It seemed kinda weird that Tucson hosted Spring Training with only a few teams, and Colorado had wanted more teams nearby, so that was why they moved up north.

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Funny, because I thought that the Dodgers move from Vero Beach to Camelback Ranch was one of many teams relocating their spring training play from Florida to Arizona. Guess not.

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The Jays will be better.

That's all I got for now.

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grapefruit-league.jpgcactus-league.jpg

Funny, because I thought that the Dodgers move from Vero Beach to Camelback Ranch was one of many teams relocating their spring training play from Florida to Arizona. Guess not.
There's been talk about another stadium being built (I think in Avondale or even another park in Mesa) for the Cardinals and Astros. With Phoenix Muni losing the A's to Hohokam (As the Cubs just built their brand new park in Mesa) and the Astros switching to the AL West, it's nearly a guarantee that Houston is gonna end up out here. The Twins were also REALLY close to moving to Hohokam a few years ago before getting a new park built somewhere west of Phoenix, but I think the stipulation was that they had to bring the Tigers with them and they weren't gonna budge. That could change if the Nats decide to bolt Space Coast Stadium, though.

I didn't realize that the Florida parks were so far apart. You can literally see every park in the Phoenix area in about half a day. And, as Mighty pointed out, it takes almost no work at all to get to and from games, especially from Tempe. I live within about 5 to 10 minutes from 5 of the parks, and the other 5 venues in Glendale, Peoria, Goodyear, and Surprise are less than a half hour away. I've heard that Spring Training in Florida is quite a bit more of a chore than it is out here, but I didn't realize it was THAT bad.

I know a lot of people won't like this, but the more I look at it, the more sense it makes to move them all to The Phoenix area. The weather is nicer out here this time of year than it is in Florida, it sounds like a TON of teams are having lease, travel, or amenities issues, and the infrastructure is pretty much perfect out in Arizona for Spring Training.

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The MLB officially annouced the new rules on home plate colisions.

I'm in phone so I can't post the link, but it's right on the front of the MLB website.

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The Jays should be better.

That's all I got for now.

I'm never overestimating the Jays.

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The MLB officially annouced the new rules on home plate colisions.

I'm in phone so I can't post the link, but it's right on the front of the MLB website.

I like the compromise they came up with.

It eliminates some of the needless risk of injury, but keeps some sort of physicality and intensity of the game. I'd have preferred they have an NFL-like stance in regards to a defenseless player, but this is alright.

It's not like this play happens with regular frequency anyway.....

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The Jays will be better.

That's all I got for now.

I don't see it. They failed to make any significant upgrades to the most disappointing team in the league besides jettisonning Arencibia. Their rotation is worse and Ryan Goins is STARTING. They're relying too much on luck and health because they lack depth. Not sure what Anthopoulos was doing all offseason besides twiddling his thumbs.

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The Jays will be better.

That's all I got for now.

I don't see it. They failed to make any significant upgrades to the most disappointing team in the league besides jettisonning Arencibia. Their rotation is worse and Ryan Goins is STARTING. They're relying too much on luck and health because they lack depth. Not sure what Anthopoulos was doing all offseason besides twiddling his thumbs.

Well being better than last year means they only need to win 75 games. I think they're thinking there's no possible way they have as many injuries to their starting rotation as they had last year.

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