By our reckoning this is at least one week earlier than last year; we recall being ensconced at the Baseball Winter Meetings when the last teams posted their Cactus League schedules in 2012.
The Reds release showed why it’s really an iffy thing to make firm travel schedules if a schedule has not been officially posted. Four other teams had to make changes to their already-posted schedules because the Reds were making changes to the end: the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers changed two day games to night games, while the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers added games on March 27. Of course, the more games the better, and the more night games the better, so the Cincinnati Reds 2014 spring schedule is probably good news for all.
The Reds have a 33-game exhibition schedule, including 17 at Goodyear Ballpark. Home games on the schedule include the Dodgers (March 5), Cubs (March 8), Giants (March 11) and the home finale vs. the D-backs (March 27).
After wrapping up in Arizona, the Reds will barnstorm to the ballparks of two of their Minor League affiliates. There will be a March 28 game at Double-A Pensacola in Florida and a March 29 game at Triple-A Louisville in Kentucky.
Opening Day at Great American Ball Park is set for March 31 vs. the Cardinals.
Full season Spring Training ticket plans are currently available. Three-game mini-plans go on sale on Monday at 10 a.m. MST. Individual tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Dec. 14.