Now Available: The Complete Guide to Spring Training 2014 / Florida

We have an eBook release to report today: The Complete Guide to Spring Training 2014 / Florida is now available from Amazon.com.

You can view the book information here, as well as buy it for immediate download.

Updated 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.

Beer and brats in hand, we arrive in Florida every February and March to soak up some sun and catch some baseball. We wait months for that first whiff of freshly mown grass at the ballpark, that first foul ball, that first inevitable sunburn. Who cares whether the starting pitcher is some kid who will likely begin the season in Double-A Trenton? As long as the drinks are cold and the dogs are hot, all is right with the world.

This book covers the best of spring training in Florida, 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.

We’ve updated the book with more in-depth seating summaries (with seating charts on the way this week), more descriptions of ballpark offerings (food, drink, etc.), previews of new and renovated ballparks (i.e., Mesa and Fort Myers) 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 / Florida going out of date in coming weeks: we’re making sure it stays up to date through the end of February, when games begin.

Coming up this week: the release of The Complete Guide to Spring Training 2014 / Florida on Barnes & Noble Nook and Apple iBookstore platforms (Apple and BN tend to take their time in releasing titles), and the release of The Complete Guide to Spring Training 2014 / Arizona.

We begin planning our winter getaways months in advance, juggling airline schedules and hotel openings to ensure the maximum number of games. We show up to morning workouts, just to stand by the fence and feel like we’re part of the action. And we take spring-training performances a lot more seriously than do the players and managers.

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.

This book is arranged by area: the Gulf Coast (where the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, and Tampa Bay Rays train), greater Tampa Bay (where the Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and Toronto Blue Jays train), Orlando (where the Atlanta Braves, and Houston Astros train), and the Treasure Coast (where the Miami Marlins, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Nationals train).

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