Spring training begins when pitchers and catchers report to camp. They get right to work with daily workouts, which are open to the public. Some teams train in their spring ballparks (i.e., the San Francisco Giants), but most train on nearby training fields. These days walkways between diamonds and football fields are roped off for easy access, and there are bleachers and shade in many complexes as well. (Football fields? Many teams have installed football fields at their spring complexes for light workouts.) You won’t get run of the place, but you’ll usually have a good view of the action and potentially some access to players for autographs. Just remember: there’s no strict schedule for workouts (that’s why many start times are approximate), and meetings or other events may intrude into workout time. Here is each team’s spring training workout schedule.
The team practices at the diamonds adjoining Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, starting at 9:30 a.m. It’s a lovely experience to wander the fields and the ballpark; take the time to check out the Colorado Rockies practices as well.
Practice starts at 9:30 a.m. at Champion Stadium and the adjacent practice fields. When spring training games start, you’ll need a game-day ticket for access to practice fields in the morning.
The Orioles train at the practice fields adjoining Ed Smith Stadium. Fans are invited to watch the team’s workouts on the back fields at the complex each day until March 4, when home games begin. Free parking is available in the East Lot off of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. Orioles pitchers and catchers will take the field at approximately 10 a.m. today (February 20). The club will work out from approximately 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day, leading up to the first home game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, March 4. The first full team workout will be held on Wednesday, February 25.
BOSTON RED SOX
The Red Sox train at the practice fields adjoining JetBlue Park, with practices usually beginning at 9:30 a.m. or so.
The Cubs practice at practice fields to the east of Sloan Park. The workout facility is separate from the ballpark. There’s plenty of parking next to the ballpark, and bleachers are installed next to the main workout field. Practices begin at 9:30 a.m.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
The team practices at the diamonds adjoining Camelback Ranch-Glendale, starting at 9:30 a.m. or so. This is one of the most sumptuous workout facilities, with manicured lawns and a rolling landscape: take the time to wander through and check out Los Angeles Dodgers practices as well.
The team practices at its Goodyear training complex, starting at 9:30 a.m. You can also walk over to the nearby Cleveland Indians workout facility as well.
The team practices at its Goodyear training complex, starting at 9:30 a.m. You can also walk over to the nearby Cincinnati Reds workout facility as well.
The team practices at the diamonds adjoining Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, starting at 9:30 a.m. It’s a lovely experience to wander the fields and the ballpark; take the time to check out the Arizona Diamondbacks practices as well.
The Tiger Town complex encompasses four practice fields in a cloverleaf layout, Joker Marchant Stadium, and Kaline Field, a small diamond located past the Joker Marchant Stadium left-field corner. Before the start of spring training all practices take place on the four cloverleaf fields and Kaline Field. A roped-off path runs between the practice fields and the clubhouse, and that’s the place to snare players once they leave practice, which traditionally has begun at 9:30 a.m. (Tip: You can always watch practices at Kaline Field from Granada Street, even if the facility is closed to the public.)
Once games start, the minor leaguers take over the cloverleaf fields, with the major-league squad decamping to Kaline Field or Joker Marchant Stadium. On game days or before practice the place to snare an autograph is “Autograph Alley,” down the right-field line, near the team offices and home clubhouse. Players mill around Autograph Alley and chat with fans in addition to signing autographs. Autograph Alley is manned from the opening of the gates two hours before game time to about 20 minutes before the actual start of the game.
The team trains on the practice fields at The Ballparks of the Palm Beaches training complex.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
The Kansas City Royals open the gates for workouts at 9:30 a.m. daily at the practice fields adjoining Surprise Stadium. This will also give you a chance to check out Texas Rangers practices as well.
L.A. ANGELS OF ANAHEIM
The Angels train at the six full fields adjacent to Tempe Diablo Stadium. Practice traditionally has begun at 9:30 a.m.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
The team practices at the diamonds adjoining Camelback Ranch-Glendale, starting at 9:30 a.m. or so. This is one of the most sumptuous workout facilities, with manicured lawns and a rolling landscape: take the time wander through and check out Chicago White Sox practices as well.
The team trains on the practice fields adjoining Roger Dean Stadium, with practices beginning at 9:30 or so. You can also wander to the adjoining training complex to watch St. Louis Cardinals workouts.
The Brewers open workouts at 9:30 a.m. in the practice fields adjoining Maryvale Baseball Park.
The Twins practice at the CenturyLink Sports Complex, adjacent to Hammond Stadium. Workouts begin at 9 a.m.
NEW YORK METS
The Mets train on the practice fields to the north of Tradition Field. Show up early — 9 a.m. or so — for a good spot and the lay of the land.
NEW YORK YANKEES
The Yankees set up a practice field next to the monument area outside Steinbrenner Field. With their own concession stands, bleachers, and restrooms, the scaled-down practice field is a wonderful place to watch a practice before the actual games start, a good place to get close to the players. The Yankees allow fans in between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
With the move to Mesa, the A’s now train at the Lew Wolff Training Complex (formerly Fitch Park) (160 East 6th Place, Mesa). Practices should start around 9:30 a.m., with players dressing at Hohokam Stadium and busing to the ballpark.
At the beginning of spring training, the Phillies practice at the Carpenter Complex, next door to Bright House Field. They usually begin at 10 a.m.
When pitchers and catchers report, the team trains at Pirate City, located about five miles away from McKechnie Field at 1701 27th St. E. (Roberto Clemente Memorial Drive), with morning workouts beginning at 9:45 a.m. daily. When spring-training games begin, the Pirates shift morning workouts to McKechnie Field, while the minor-leaguers continue to work out at Pirate City.
SAN DIEGO PADRES
The San Diego Padres begin practices at 9:30 a.m. in the outlying practice fields at the Peoria Sports Complex.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
The Giants practice at Scottsdale Stadium. Workouts start at 9 a.m. Most of the time the major-league squad can be found in the ballpark; occasionally you’ll see some specialized practices on an adjoining diamond.
Minor leaguers work out mornings at the expanded facilities at Indian School Park, 4415 N. Hayden Rd. (at Camelback Road). This is more than just a workout facility: it’s a great complex designed both to showcase players and provide comfort to fans as they watch a practice.
The Seattle Mariners begin practices at 9:30 a.m. in the outlying practice fields at the Peoria Sports Complex.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
The team trains on the practice fields adjoining Roger Dean Stadium, with practices beginning at 9:30 a.m. or so. You can also wander to the adjoining training complex to watch Miami Marlins workouts.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
The team trains at Charlotte Sports Park and the adjoining practice fields. The gates open at 9:30 a.m.
The Texas Rangers open the gates for workouts at 9:30 a.m. daily at the practice fields adjoining Surprise Stadium. This will also give you a chance to check out Kansas City Royals practices as well.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
The Blue Jays train in one location and play their games in another. When spring training opens, the team can be found at the Cecil B. Englebert Complex (1700 Solon Av.), in Dunedin. When games begin, the team then shifts major-league practices to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Traditionally, workouts begin at 9 a.m.
The Nationals train at The Ballparks of the Palm Beaches training complex, with practices beginning around 9:30 a.m.