Now available: The Complete Guide to Spring Training 2014 / Arizona

Teams are still slow to release schedules, but that’s OK: You can still plan your spring trip with The Complete Guide to Spring Training 2014 / Arizona, now available.

You can view the book’s page at Amazon.com here.

We’ve overhauled the title and completely updated it for Spring Training 2014. Spring training is America’s annual transformation from darkness to light, from cold to warm, when millions of baseball fans – both hardcore and casual – descend upon warmer climes to shed their winter blues. For those of us living north of the Mason-Dixon line, baseball’s spring training is not a luxury but a necessity, our reward for living in climates filled with overcast skies, snow, ice, and rain.

We’ve updated the book with more in-depth seating summaries (with seating charts on the way next week), more descriptions of ballpark offerings (food, drink, etc.), previews of new and renovated ballparks (included detailed information on the new Cubs facility and what Chicago fans can look forward to in terms of hotels and restaurants in the area) and in general more information about our favorite time of year.

The book following along the same lines as our best-selling spring-training guides from 2013. They are set up as eBook that can be read on tablets, Kindle eReaders, Macs and PCs via the Kindle software. (This page explains how the process works, with free downloads of Kindle software for iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones, Blackberry, Macs, Windows and Windows 8 tablets.)

We’ve also set up the book in a way where you can download schedule updates. We will be updating the book as schedules are released. As a user, you can download a new version of an eBook at your leisure. If you delete this book and then download a new version from Amazon, you’ll have the latest in schedules and information. This book is a work in progress, and we plan on regular updates as more information becomes available. So don’t worry about the The Complete Guide to Spring Training 2014 / Arizona going out of date in coming weeks: we’re making sure it stays up to date through the end of February, when games begin.

This book covers the best of spring training in Arizona, with extensive guides to all the major-league camps, completed with schedules, workout times, concessions highlights, seat recommendations and more. Also included: where to stay near the camps (including RV camps), what to do when not at training camp, and other areas of interest to both hardcore fans and casual attendees.

This book is both for the hardcore baseball fan – who goes to spring training to scout out their favorite team in depth – as well as the more casual fan who heads to spring training more in search of the perfect suntan than in search of this year’s spring phenom. While the hardcores just want to know the shortest route between their hotel and the ballpark, the casual fan knows that the richness of spring training is augmented with visits to local restaurants, shopping areas, and area attractions.

We’re arranged this book by ballpark, in alphabetical order: Camelback Ranch–Glendale (Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers), the new Chicago Cubs spring training home (with an exclusive look at the facilities and the surrounding area), Goodyear Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians), Maryvale Baseball Park (Milwaukee Brewers), Phoenix Municipal Stadium (Oakland Athletics), Peoria Stadium (San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners), Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies), Scottsdale Stadium (San Francisco Giants), Surprise Stadium (Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers), and Tempe Diablo Stadium (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). We’ll also include a look at Tucson’s Kino Stadium and Las Vegas’s Cashman Field, where games should be held in March, as well as college games in Tempe and Tucson.

Topics include:

  • Detailed guides to every ballpark
  • Workout times and locations
  • Complete schedules for every team (as available)
  • Game-day schedules for every team
  • The complete ballpark experience: best spots for autographs, best seats, things for kids, and parking
  • What to do outside the ballpark: Local attractions, historic baseball sites, and local restaurants
  • Where to stay near the ballpark and in the area

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