After World Series, It’s Spring Training 2019 Time!

Spring Training OnlineNow that the World Series is completed, it’s time to start planning for the next big event on the baseball fan’s calendar: spring training 2019. Here’s where we stand on the planning front.

Schedules have already been released for every MLB team, so you can begin your planning process by checking out the Cactus League and Grapefruit League schedules. But the schedules are not necessarily complete or final. In the last week or so we’ve updated all 30 team schedules with up-to-the-minute information, as several teams and spring-training complexes released new schedule information in recent days, mostly in the form of game times. We have published our annual guides to spring training: you can check out each one here.

If you’ve already purchased tickets, be sure to check the schedules to make sure there are no last-minute surprises. One trend that emerged last year that seems to have gained force in 2019: more and more night games. Seattle scheduled a whole slew of night games in 2018, and the experiment must have worked: several teams seem to have scheduled more night games for 2018. We know there are some folks upset about night games on the schedule: they are traditionalists who build their day around a lunch and a game. But the trend is definitely toward more night games in the Cactus League. In any case, if you’re still planning your trip, the updated information will be useful.

Despite these updates, there are still several teams that have not yet released game times as of this past weekend, most notably the Red Sox, Cubs, Orioles, Padres, Rays and Yankees. We’ll be tracking those teams to pass along as much information as possible. And we’re still waiting for word about the status of annual Las Vegas and San Antonio exhibitions. If you want schedule information and other stories delivered to your inbox regularly, check out the free Spring Training Online newsletter. You can sign up here.

About Kevin Reichard

Kevin Reichard is editor and publisher of Spring Training Online.