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Spring Training 2015

Spring night games: fans love them, players not so much

Everyone loves spring night games, except for front offices and players who want a more leisurely daily pace. But money may force more spring night games in coming years.

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Spring Training 2015

Will Ferrell to play nine positions in Cactus League action

Tomorrow is a good day to be a Cactus League ticketholder: actor Will Ferrell will play nine positions in five scheduled games, transported by helicopter between venues. UPDATED!

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Maryvale Baseball Park

Same as it ever was: Maryvale Baseball Park

At a time when Cactus League ballparks have been modernized and upgraded in recent years, Maryvale Baseball Park pretty much remains the same — which is either a good thing or bad thing, depending on your point of view.

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Surprise Stadium

Surprise Stadium: Worth the drive

It is a little off the beaten path, even for the compact Cactus League. But the immaculately maintained Surprise Stadium is a good bet for spring training, as the home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers is worth the trek.

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Renovations make Peoria Sports Complex a must-visit

After two renovation phases, Peoria Sports Complex is looking better than ever, with an expanded footprint, lots of socializing areas and upgraded fan facilities.

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Reviving Hohokam Stadium

For fans used to cramped seating and lack of shade at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, the move by the Oakland Athletics to a renovated Hohokam Stadium in Mesa for spring training should be a pleasure indeed.

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Spring Training 2015

Spring training food: better than ever

It wasn’t too long ago that food at a spring-training game meant a steamed hot dog, a warm beer or soda, some stale popcorn and perhaps a hamburger — if you were lucky. Today, food is an integral part of the spring-training experience. With fresh-grilled items, plenty of locally brewed cold beer and specialty items […]

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Oakland Athletics

New for 2015: Lew Wolff Training Complex

We have a new name for the old Fitch Park, where the Chicago Cubs formerly worked out and is now inhabited by the Oakland Athletics: the Lew Wolff Training Complex.

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Spring Training 2015

Next step: spring training workouts

With players and catchers reporting for camp, we’re on to the next phase: spring training workouts.

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Spring Training 2015

Spring training begins, as players/catchers report

Today marks the official beginning of spring training: all the trucks have arrived, and pitchers/catchers are beginning to report to camps.

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