With a quick bat crack, Spring Training is back

Sophia Baldor, Section Editor

The Sunshine State’s 2012 season of Major League Baseball spring training is up in full gear as professional athletes are cranking out their bats and removing dust from their gloves. For more than a century, Florida has been the location of the Grapefruit League, the premiere spring home of MLB franchises such as the Red Sox, Rays, Phillies, Cardinals, and Yankees, who play at Tampa’s own George Steinbrenner Field.

The unmatched climate and beautiful natural surroundings have been a perfect location for teams to prepare for the regular season. Visitors from all around the country travel to Florida to enjoy America’s favorite national pastime. Tickets on the berm, the green grass sitting area in the outfield, start as low as $9.00 in some parks. Attending spring training games as close as Dale Mabry and Clearwater is a fun and inexpensive way to make the weekend enjoyable. See you at the ball park!

Here’s the remaining spring schedules for a few favorite clubs:

 Tampa Bay Rays

March 24         3:05 p.m.      Minnesota      Ft. Myers

March 25       1:05 p.m.        Miami              Pt. Charlotte

March 26       1:05 p.m.        Minnesota       Ft. Myers

March 27       1:35 p.m.        Boston              Ft. Myers

March 28       7:05 p.m.        Pittsburgh      Pt. Charlotte

March 29         1:05 p.m.      Philadelphia  Clearwater

March 30         1:05 p.m.      Pittsburgh      Bradenton

March 31         1:05 p.m.      Boston              Pt. Charlotte

April 1              1:05 p.m.      Baltimore       Sarasota

April 2              1:05 p.m.      Minnesota       Pt. Charlotte

April 3              1:05 p.m.      Minnesota       Ft. Myers

 

New York Yankees

March 24             1:05 p.m.             Detroit                  Lakeland

March 25             1:05 p.m.             Detroit                  Tampa

March 27             7:05 p.m.             Toronto                Tampa

March 28             1:05 p.m.             Atlanta                 Orlando

March 29             7:05 p.m.             Baltimore            Tampa

March 30             7:05 p.m.             Philadelphia       Tampa

March 31             1:05 p.m.             Houston               Kissimmee

April 1                   1:10 p.m.             Miami                   Jupiter

April 2                   7:10 p.m.             Miami                   Jupiter

April 3                   2:10 p.m.             Mets                     Port St. Lucie

April 4                   12:05 p.m.           Mets                     Tampa