Incentive travelers and convention attendees to the Phoenix area during the time period of late February to early April have a great opportunity to take part in The Great American Pastime – baseball! Cactus League Spring Training brings 15 Major League Baseball teams to 10 stadiums in the area, where they play more than 200 games to warm-up for the coming season.
The tradition of spring training came about some time ago, at the turn of the 20th century, in places such as Arkansas and Florida. Arizona’s own Cactus League came about in 1947, and has been a favorite time for fans to travel to the warmer climate of the Phoenix area and enjoy the aport ever since. Spring training provides a chance for new players to try out for roster and position spots on the teams. It also gives existing team players practice time prior to competitive play. Although the playing statistics earned during spring training games are not official, teams frequently use players’ spring training performances as a way of assigning starting roles and roster spots.
There are multiple games being played each day during Spring Training, so it’s not hard to find an exciting match to enjoy, and all the venues are located within easy traveling distance to properties in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Spring Training games allow fans the chance to see their favorite baseball players up close and personal, and maybe even get an autograph or two. Of course, Arizona’s year-round sunny climate ensures that spectators can soak in some sun while they are out at the park.
Here are the Major League Teams that call the Phoenix area “home field” during Spring Training:
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
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