On behalf of everyone at Arizona KEY Travel Magazine, it is our pleasure to welcome you to Arizona, the Grand Canyon state. Spring Training offers baseball fans a unique opportunity. The venues are state of the art, providing intimate, up close and personal viewing. The players are more accessible, all of the teams are tied for first place, and hope springs eternal. It all starts here at Spring Training, where practice and game play will help the “boys of summer” endure the season and hopefully earn a spot in the “fall classic”. Below you will find everything you need to navigate the Spring Training games here in Arizona. To see all the Cactus League games, click here to view the full Cactus League Schedule 2018. Our popular and must-have Cactus League Spring Training Guide 2018 is available to view online as well as in print, just ask your Concierge or the Front Desk for a FREE copy or pick us up at the airport when you arrive!
2018 CACTUS LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING GUIDE BY ARIZONA KEY TRAVEL MAGAZINE
Helping you navigate the Cactus League is hall of fame sports writer Charlie Vascellaro. Through his cover story and team previews, you’ll be guided through the Spring Training season with substantive information delivered with Charlie’s brilliant flair. Read below for Charlie’s Introduction to the season.
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Spring Training in Arizona
For more than 70 years, major league baseball teams and their fans have been coming to Arizona to partake in the Cactus League’s annual Rite of Spring, the re-birth and celebration of yet another baseball season. With most of the games beginning at 1:00 in the afternoon on weekdays and weekends alike, there’s always been an element of being on vacation — or just playing hooky — associated with attending spring training baseball games in Arizona. There’s something rejuvenating about basking away a sunny afternoon at a ballgame during Arizona’s most hospitable season.
Fifteen of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams play their Cactus League games at 10 spectacular, state-of-the-art ballpark facilities all within close proximity to each other encompassed in the greater Phoenix Metropolitan region. From the nostalgic Scottsdale Stadium (which still sits on the original site in the city’s historic Old Town Scottsdale) to the majestic Salt River Fields at Talking Stick complex and its adjacent Talking Stick Resort Casino, to the expansive Camelback Ranch, to the modern architectural marvel, Goodyear Ballpark (on Phoenix’s rapidly evolving west side), all of the Cactus League ballparks are of distinct appeal.
The Chicago Cubs play their home exhibition games at the Cactus League’s newest and most bustling facility, Sloan Park, an homage to team’s historic Wrigley Field surrounded by a “taste of Chicago” and “Wrigleyville” flavor in Mesa’s Riverview shopping and entertainment district. The Cleveland Indians share their modern open-air Goodyear Ballpark with their cross-state, cross-league rival Cincinnati Reds. The entire National League western division: Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants and four out five American League West teams: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Seattle Mariners, the Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers reside in Arizona in the spring as well as three of the NL central teams: the Milwaukee Brewers, Cubs and Reds and two AL Central teams; the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.
Many players have at one time or another participated in the Arizona Fall League, Major League Baseball’s premier developmental league takes place at six of the Cactus League’s 10 ballparks in the cities of Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Mesa, Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Our feature story “LA Becomes the Center of the Cactus League Universe,” beginning on page 10, focuses on the LA Dodgers’ 10th anniversary in Glendale and the LA Angels’ signing of celebrated Japanese free agent, Shohei Ohtani.