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Spring training begins, as players/catchers report

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

It’s been 112 since the San Francisco Giants captured a World Series triumph. Today Bruce Bochy brings the gang back together, as the Giants’ pitchers and catchers report to Scottsdale. Other teams with pitchers/catchers reporting today: the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates. That means the first workouts for these players is tomorrow.

Between now and Monday pitchers and catchers will be reporting to camps. We’ve put together a list of reporting dates, both for Major League and Minor League players. There’s no single date for when players and catchers report; you’ll need to check out the list to see when your favorite players are due to begin training.

In public, anyway. With baseball now a year-round occupation for players, virtually every player (except Pablo Sandoval, apparently) has been working out — many in camp — to prepare for the season. The photo above, showing Rockies pitchers practicing at Salt River Fields, is pretty typical for most teams.

We get asked often about whether fans can watch practices. They can: every team works out in the morning, though start times can vary. Most teams practice on training fields, not the main ballpark, so seating and access can be limited. And there’s no formal schedule: you show up in the morning to see who is out and what’s open. We’ll be updating our team pages in the next day or so to post the practice times.

The first spring training games are now just a matter of weeks away, meaning that fans will soon be flocking to ballparks in Florida and Arizona. With 15 teams in each state, the potential is there for travelers to plan a good trip in either place.

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