What Is It?
Spring training returns to the Florida sun February 21 to March 24. Fifteen MLB teams prepare for their upcoming season in Florida’s “Grapefruit League.”
Where Is It?
Teams play Grapefruit League games at 12 stadiums around the state. The Pittsburgh Pirates hold their spring training in Bradenton, playing at LECOM Park. The stadium has a Spanish-mission style white-stucco façade and is the oldest Grapefruit League stadium.
The Washington Nationals first came to Jacksonville in 1888, but Florida’s spring training didn’t bloom until the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Browns sought to escape the Midwest snow in 1913.
Practice is Perfect
Each team holds public workouts and practices at their training facilities, where fans can get up-close looks at players honing their skills, see the friendship among players away from the lights and potentially get autographs.
Teams play most days at 1:05 p.m., sprinkling in occasional night games. Some teams split their team in half and play two games at once.
Buy tickets at your favorite team’s website or go to MLB.com/spring-training. Call 850-577-7200 for more information.