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Table of Contents

It’s been 70 years since Arizona’s sunshine convinced two Major League baseball teams to make their spring training home in the Grand Canyon state. Since then, a who’s who of baseball royalty have helped make the Cactus League what it is today. Names like Bill Veeck, Del Webb, Dwight Patterson, Ted Williams, Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle have all played roles in the history of the Cactus League. Here’s a look at the history of spring training in Arizona. (Page 24)

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Welcome

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Spring Training Schedule

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Arizona Diamondbacks

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Chicago Cubs

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Chicago White Sox

18

Cincinnati Reds

20

Cleveland Indians

22

Colorado Rockies

24

Cactus League Timeline

26

Kansas City Royals

28

Los Angeles Angels

30

Los Angeles Dodgers

32

Milwaukee Brewers

34

Oakland Athletics

36

San Diego Padres

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San Francisco Giants

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Seattle Mariners

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Texas Rangers

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The Cactus League Welcomes You he Arizona Cactus League welcomes you to the beautiful state of Arizona and the 2017 Spring Training Season. A special thank you to Play Ball Magazine, a valued partner in conserving the tradition of spring training baseball, and what it creates for all who share in the experience. It is with your continued support as a fan, and corporate partnership that allow us to equally advocate the Arizona Cactus League and its ongoing success. While more than 1.9 million fans attended the games in 2016 this year should prove to be stellar as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Cactus League here in Arizona. In addition to enjoying the highest quality of pre-season professional baseball and some of the best weather in America, you the fans, are an essential part of one of the state’s most important economic engines. The Arizona Cactus League generates over $544 million of economic impact for our state during the season, and for that we thank you! With short drive times between the ballparks, the warm sun, affordable tickets, and the proximity to the best players in the game there is no doubt that everyone will engage in many unforgettable experiences. Having a full range of hotels, restaurants, and shopping amenities, it is easy to see why the Cactus League is a premier tourist attraction for many baseball fans and enthusiasts. Alongside the efforts of Governor Ducey and the state of Arizona, the Cactus League will continue to work toward maintaining our associated facilities with only the highest regards for our guests. When taking in a game with one of our 15 Cactus League teams, please take a moment to recognize the stadium volunteers and community leaders whose dedicated efforts ensure that your experience is entertaining and gratifying. On behalf of the Cactus League we appreciate your continued support, and hope that you relish your time here in the Grand Canyon State. We are committed to providing a memorable experience for you and your family. Play Ball!

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2017 Schedule See individual team schedules for game times

GCU: Grand Canyon University HOU: Houston Astros KC: Kansas City Royals LAA: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim LAD: Los Angeles Dodgers LOU: Louisville Bats

AZ: Arizona Diamondbacks CHC: Chicago Cubs CWS: Chicago White Sox CIN: Cincinnati Reds CLE: Cleveland Indians COL: Colorado Rockies Sunday

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February

Monday

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

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27 CIN at AZ CWS at CHC TEX* at CLE SD at LAA COL at LAD KC at SEA OAK at SF MIL at TEX*

CLE at CHC SF at CIN AZ at COL* COL* at CWS TEX at KC LAD at MIL LAA at OAK SD at SEA

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6 CWS at AZ SD at CLE CIN at LAA SEA* at LAD COL at MIL OAK at SEA* KC at SF CHC at TEX

March

8 OAK at AZ Italy at CHC KC at CIN SF at LAD MEX at SD COL at TEX

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9 MEX at AZ LAA at CIN MIL* at CWS VEN at KC LAD at MIL* Italy at OAK CLE at SEA PR at SF

COL at AZ OAK at CHC* CIN at CLE MIL at LAA CWS at LAD SEA at SD CHC* at SF KC at TEX

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3 SD at AZ* CHC* at AZ* CHC* at CIN COL at KC SF* at LAA CLE at LAD TEX at OAK MIL at SEA CWS at SF*

SEA at CLE SD* at COL AZ at CWS CHC at KC TEX at LAA CIN at MIL OAK at SD* LAD at SF

LAA at CHC CWS* at CIN SEA at CWS* LAD at COL KC at MIL CLE at OAK SF at SD AZ at TEX

7 MIL at CLE* LAD at COL SD at CWS AZ at KC CHC at LAA TEX at SEA CLE* at SF

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Saturday

LAD* at AZ CIN at CHC COL at CLE MIL at LAA KC at LAD* SF at OAK CWS at SD SEA at TEX

10 SEA at CHC LAA at CLE PR at COL AZ at CWS CIN at OAK MIL at SD VEN at TEX

MIL* at AZ COL at CIN OAK at KC SD at LAA TEX at LAD CWS at MIL* CHC at SEA CLE at SF

LAD at CHC KC* at CIN SEA at COL LAA at CWS SF at KC* TEX at MIL CLE at OAK AZ at SD

11 SF* at AZ COL at CHC KC at CLE LAA at LAD SD at MIL TEX* at OAK CIN* at SEA CIN* at SF* CWS at TEX*

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SEA: Seattle Mariners TEX: Texas Rangers UWM: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee VEN: Venezuela (WBC)

MIL: Milwaukee Brewers OAK: Oakland Athletics PR: Puerto Rico (WBC) SD: San Diego Padres SF: San Francisco Giants

Sunday

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Monday

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OAK at CIN KC at COL CLE at CWS LAD at LAA SEA at MIL CHC at SD SF at TEX

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KC at CHC AZ at CLE OAK at COL CWS at LAA ASIA at LAD CIN at SD MIL at SF SEA at TEX

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LAD at CLE CHC at COL SF at CWS CIN at KC AZ at OAK TEX at SD

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CLE at AZ CIN* at CHC* (Las Vegas)

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Tuesday

14 TEX at AZ MIL at CHC SF at CLE LAA at KC CIN at LAD COL at OAK CWS at SEA

21 KC at AZ LAA at CIN MIL at LAD OAK at SEA SD at SF CWS at TEX

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Wednesday

15 AZ at CHC SD at CIN MIL at COL KC at CWS LAD at SEA LAA at SF CLE at TEX

22 CHC at CIN CLE at COL OAK at CWS SD at KC TEX at LAA* SF at MIL LAA* at SEA

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Thursday

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Friday

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OAK at CLE LAA at COL SEA at KC* CHC at LAD AZ at MIL KC* at SD

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SEA* at AZ* CIN at CLE* CLE* at TEX* (San Antonio)

CHC at CWS SEA* at LAD* KC at MIL AZ* at OAK LAD* at SD COL at SF LAA at TEX*

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CHC at AZ COL at CLE CIN at CWS MIL at OAK LAA at SD SEA at SF LAD at TEX

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Saturday

ASIA at AZ ASIA at CHC* TEX* at CIN CLE* at TEX* (San Antonio)

LAD at CWS CLE* at KC COL at LAA CHC* at MIL SD at OAK SF at SEA

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CLE at CHC MIL at CIN SF at COL SEA* at LAA AZ at LAD CWS at OAK KC at SEA* SD at TEX

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LAA at AZ CHC at CLE CWS at LAD KC at OAK SEA at SD CIN at SF COL at TEX

SF at CHC LAD* at CIN TEX at COL CWS at KC OAK at LAA SD at LAD CLE at MIL AZ at SEA

OAK at CHC CLE at CIN SD at CWS TEX at KC LAA at MIL LAD at SEA

CLE at AZ

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CHC at HOU (Houston)

LAD at LAA (Anaheim)

OAK at SF

(San Fransisco)

CHC at HOU (Houston)

LAD at LAA (Anaheim)

CIN at LOU* CWS at MIL (Milwaukee)

COL at SEA* OAK at SF

(San Fransisco)

SEA at COL CIN at FUT LAA at LAD

(Los Angeles)

CWS at MIL (Milwaukee)

SF at OAK (Oakland)

KC at TEX (Texas)

KC at TEX (Texas)

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Arizona Diamondbacks Diamondbacks’ 2016 season: The team finished at 69-93 for their third consecutive losing season. The Diamondbacks finished in fourth place in the NL West standings. Following the season, General Manager Dave Stewart and Manager Chip Hale were fired. Last World Series won: 2001 Players to watch: Patrick Corbin, LHP; Paul Goldschmidt, 1B; Zach Grienke, RHP; A.J. Pollock, CF; Jean Segura, 2B Top 5 prospects: Anthony Banda, LHP; Domingo Leyba, 2B-SS; Taylor Clarke, RHP; Dawel Lugo, SS-3B; Jasrado Chisholm, SS Manager: Torey Lovullo Team mascot: Baxter After the game: Make your dream of swimming with the dolphins come true at Dolphinaris Arizona, located at 9500 E. Vía de Ventura in Scottsdale, not far from the ballpark.

Diamondbacks’ home Cactus League schedule

Where they play: Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258 Seating capacity: 11,000 Stadium phone number: 480-270-5000 About the stadium: Opened in February 2011, Salt River Fields is the new spring training home for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. Located on a 140-acre site, Salt River Fields lies in the heart of the East Valley, near the Pima-Loop 101 Freeway and Indian Bend Road. Owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), Salt River Fields is the first Major League Baseball Spring Training facility built on Native American land. The natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert ecosystem is also integrated into the overall baseball fan experience. The design reflects Arizona’s regional architecture — from the native colors to the natural materials. 12 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Wednesday, Feb. 22

1:10 p.m.

Grand Canyon University

Saturday, Feb. 25

1:10 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Monday, Feb. 27

1:10 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Thursday, March 2

1:10 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Thursday, March 2

1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Friday, March 3

1:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Sunday, March 5

1:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Tuesday, March 7

1:10 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Wednesday, March 8

1:10 p.m.

Mexico

Friday, March 10

1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Saturday, March 11

1:10 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Tuesday, March 14

1:10 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Friday, March 17

1:10 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Sunday, March 18

1:10 pm

ASIA

Tuesday, March 21

1:10 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Thursday, March 23

1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Sunday, March 26

1:10 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Monday, March 27

1:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels

Thursday, March 30

6:40 p.m.

Cleveland Indians at Chase Field

Friday, March 31

6:40 p.m.

Cleveland Indians at Chase Field


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Chicago Cubs Cubs’ 2016 season: The team finished with the best record in Major League Baseball and won its first National League Central title since 2008. The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, their first win since the 1908 World Series. Last World Series won: 2016 Players to watch: Jake Arrieta, RHP; Kris Bryant, 3B; Jon Lester, LHP; Anthony Rizzo, 1B; Addison Russell, SS Top 5 prospects: Eloy Jimenez, OF; Dylan Cease, RHP; Trevor Clifton, RHP; Ian Happ, 2B; Albert Almora, OF Manager: Joe Maddon Team mascot: Clark After the game: Head east and walk through a 700-year-old Salado Culture pueblo at Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park in Globe, one of the largest single site archaeological collections in the Southwest.

Cubs’ home Cactus League schedule

Where they play: Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Mesa, AZ 85201 Seating capacity: 14,156 Stadium phone number: 1-800-THE-CUBS About the stadium: A taste of Wrigley came West with the debut of Sloan Park in 2014. Featuring a pair of light towers on its roof that mimic those of its inspirational counterpart in Chicago, the Cubs’ winter home in Mesa has a few touches that pay homage to Wrigley Field, none more cleverly integrated than the outfield berm, which is shaped and sloped to match the look of Wrigley’s iconic bleachers. While the brick backstop was easy to replicate, the ballpark’s designers at Populous got creative when creating the Cubs’ Arizona version of Wrigleyville’s rooftops and that’s how the left field-spanning rooftop party deck came into being. Formerly known as Cubs Park, on January 8, 2015, it was announced that Sloan Valve Company had signed a naming-rights deal to the ballpark, giving it its current Sloan Park name. During the seventh inning stretch, a fan is selected to stand on the dugout and lead the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” 14 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Saturday, Feb. 25

1:05 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Sunday, Feb. 26

1:05 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Monday, Feb. 27

1:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Tuesday, Feb. 28

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Friday, March 3

1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, March 4

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Tuesday, March 7

1:05 p.m.

Italy

Thursday, March 9

1:05 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Saturday, March 11

1:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Tuesday, March 14

1:05 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Wednesday, March 15

7:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Saurday, March 18

1:05 p.m.

Asia

Sunday, March 19

7:05 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Friday, March 24

1:05 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Sunday, March 26

1:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Tuesday, March 28

1:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Wednesday, March 29

1:05 p.m.

Oakland Athletics


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Chicago White Sox White Sox’ 2016 season: The 2016 season was the club’s 117th season in Chicago and the team finished the season in fourth place in the AL Central with a record of 78-84. Last World Series won: 2005 Players to watch: Jose Abreu, 1B; Todd Frazier, 3B; Melky Cabrera, LF; Carlos Rodon, LHP, David Robertson, RHP Top 5 prospects: Yoan Moncada, 2B; Lucas Giolito, RHP; Michael Kopech, RHP; Reynaldo Lopez, RHP; Carson Fulmer, RHP Manager: Rick Renteria Team mascot: Southpaw After the game: Check out the Westgate Entertainment District, a vibrant outdoor setting that delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. It is anchored by Gila River Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes.

White Sox home Cactus League schedule

Where they play: Camelback Ranch-Glendale, 10710 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85037 Seating capacity: 13,000 Stadium phone number: 623-302-5000 About the stadium: The first-rate baseball facility includes more than 118,000 square feet of Major and Minor League clubhouse space, 13 full baseball fields and three half-fields. There are eight full suites, four mini-suites, a press box, a suite-level party deck and a series of outfield terraces that create party areas. A fish-stocked lake separates the Dodgers and White Sox training facilities and offers aesthetic beauty and irrigation to complex landscaping and playing fields. The stadium’s playing field was sunken 12 feet below grade to improve sightlines. Fans are invited to enjoy the ballpark’s modern amenities, modern design and dramatic mountain views that create the most inviting Spring Training atmosphere in all of baseball. 16 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Sunday, February 26

1:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Tuesday, February 28

1:05 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Wednesday, March 1

1:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Saturday, March 4

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Monday, March 6

1:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Wednesday, March 8

1:05 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Thursday, March 9

1:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Sunday, March 12

12:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Monday, March 13

1:05 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Wednesday, March 15

1:05 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Friday, March 17

12:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Saturday, March 18

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Monday, March 20

1:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Wednesday, March 22

1:05 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Thursday, March 23

1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Sunday, March 26

1:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Wednesday, March 29

12:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres


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Cincinnati Reds Reds’ 2016 season: The team finished in last place in the National League Central division for a second consecutive year and had a record of 68-94. Last World Series won: 1990 Players to watch: Zack Cozart, SS; Adam Duvall, LF; Brandon Phillips, 2B; Dan Straily, RHP; Joey Votto, 1B Top 5 prospects: Nick Senzel, 3B; Amir Garrett, LHP; Robert Stephenson, RHP; Tyler Mahle, RHP; Taylor Trammell, OF Manager: Bryan Price Team mascot: Mr. Red After the game: Head over to Phoenix International Raceway, 7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale, to watch some of NASCAR’s biggest names compete during the Camping World 500 weekend, March 17-19.

Reds’ home Cactus League schedule

Where they play: Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338 Seating capacity: 10,311 Stadium phone number: 623-882-3120 About the stadium: Experience spring training in a facility like no other. Goodyear Ballpark, spring training and player development home of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, is distinctly unique as compared with complexes in both Arizona and Florida. The facility has been integrated into a private mixed-use development designed to be the premier sports, entertainment, event and lifestyle destination for local residents and tourists. A 10,311 seat main ballpark features all lower-bowl seating, a 360-degree concourse with a constant field view, shaded club seating, an oasis of lawn seating, six luxurious suites, a third-floor terrace and a 500-seat pavilion in right field. Goodyear Ballpark features signature and traditional food concepts sure to please both the eyes and palettes. Fans can experience a variety of tasteful selections throughout the concourse. 18 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Sunday, Feb. 26

1:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Tuesday, Feb. 28

1:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Thursday, March 2

1:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Saturday, March 4

1:05 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Tuesday, March 7

1:05 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Wednesday, March 8

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Friday, March 10

6:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Sunday, March 12

1:05 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Monday, March 13

1:05 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Wednesday, March 15

1:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Saturday, March 18

1:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Tuesday, March 21

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Wednesday, March 22

6:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Friday, March 24

1:05 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday, March 26

1:05 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Tuesday, March 28

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Wednesday, March 29

12:05 p.m.

Cleveland Indians


Cleveland Indians Indians’ 2016 season: The Indians won the American League Central Division for the first time since 2007 and defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in five games in the American League Championship Series before losing to the Chicago Cubs in seven games in the 2016 World Series. Last World Series won: 1948 Players to watch: Trevor Bauer, RHP; Jason Kipnis, 2B; Corey Kluber, RHP; Jose Ramirez, 1B; Carlos Santana, DH Top 5 prospects: Francisco Mejia, C; Bradley Zimmer, OF; Triston McKenzie, RHP; Bobby Bradley, 1B; Brady Aiken, LHP Manager: Terry Francona Team mascot: Slider After the game: Eat at Majerle’s Sports Grill, 13375 W, McDowell Rd., #101, Goodyear, AZ 85395. This chain was started by former Phoenix Suns star Dan Majerle. No wonder the menu will bring out your A game.

Indians’ home Cactus League schedule

Where they play: Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338 Seating capacity: 10,311 Stadium phone number: 623-882-3120 About the stadium: Goodyear Ballpark – the spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians — was voted as best place to see a spring training game in the Cactus League in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Travel Poll. Overall, Goodyear Ballpark – the crown jewel of the city which has been gaining notice on a national level — also finished second nationally among Arizona and Florida spring training ballparks in the poll spearheaded by the newspaper’s longtime baseball writers Bob Nightengale and Paul White. Goodyear Ballpark, which was completed in 2009 and seats 10,311, also was recently named the top “must see” spring training facility by National Public Radio’s Pittsburgh station’s travel reporter Elaine Labalme, who traveled to spring training ballparks in both Arizona and Florida. 20 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Saturday, Feb. 25

1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Monday, Feb. 27

1:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Wednesday, March 1

1:05 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Friday, March 3

1:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Sunday, March 5

1:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Monday, March 6

1:05 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Thursday, March 9

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Saturday, March 11

1:05 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Tuesday, March 14

1:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Thursday, March 16

1:05 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Friday, March 17

6:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Sunday, March 19

1:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Monday, March 20,

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Thursday, March 23

1:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Saturday, March 25

1:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Monday, March 27

6:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs


Colorado Rockies Rockies’ 2016 season: Colorado finished 75-87, third place in the National League West, and missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. Last World Series won: The Rockies have appreaed in one World Series, losing to the Boston Red Sox in 2007. Players to watch: Charlie Blackmon, CF; DJ LeMahieu, 2B; Nolan Arenado, 3B; Trevor Story, SS; Gerardo Parra, LF Top 5 prospects: Brendan Rodgers, SS; Raimel Tapia, OF; Jeff Hoffman, RHP; Riley Pint, RHP; Forrest Wall, 2B Manager: Bud Black Team mascot: Dinger After the game: Head over to nearby Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale, for a one-of-a-kind experience that will captivate both children and adults alike.

Rockies’ home Cactus League schedule Date

Time

Opponent

Sunday, Feb. 26

1:10 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Tuesday, Feb. 28

1:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Wednesday, March 1

1:10 p.m..

San Diego Padres

Saturday, March 4

1:10 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Where they play: Salt River Fields, 7555 N.

Monday, March 6

1:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258 Seating capacity: 11,000 Stadium phone number: 480-270-5000 About the stadium: The complex consists of separate training facilities and clubhouses accommodating each team, as well as an 11,000seat central stadium which features a uniquely designed roof structure that offers fans in the cross aisle plenty of shade. The stadium design offers completely open fan observation areas, allowing glimpses into the players’ daily lives and training routines. The stadium is at the heart of the development, with batting cages, practice fields and clubhouses radiating around it. The site also supports 12 practice fields and two soccer fields. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is the newest entertainment venue to carry the “Talking Stick” brand as it joins Talking Stick Golf Club and Talking Stick Resort.

Thursday, March 9

1:10 p.m.

Puerto Rico (WBC)

Sunday, March 12

1:10 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Monday, March 13

1:10 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Wednesday, March 15

1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Thursday, March 16

1:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Sunday, March 19

1:10 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Monday, March 20

1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Tuesday, March 22

1:10 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Friday, March 24

1:10 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Saturday, March 25

1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Tuesday, March 28

1:10 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Saturday, April 1

1:10 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

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A look back at the history of the Cactus League Chicago’s White Stockings (White Sox) are the first Major League team to play a barnstorming game in Arizona. They defeat Yuma’s team 9-1.

1909

1929

After buying the Cleveland Indians in 1946, Bill Veeck, who owns a ranch near Tucson, convinces New York Giants owner Horace Stoneham to move his club’s spring training operation to Phoenix, while the Indians will train in Tucson. It marks the first time two Major League teams hold spring training in Arizona, establishing the foundation for what will become the Cactus League.

Chicago Cubs treasurer Earl Nelson visits Mesa to discuss the possibility of moving the Cubs to town for spring training.

1942

Larry Doby, who joined the Indians during the 1947 season, arrives for spring training in Tucson, becoming the first African-American to play in the Cactus League.

1947

1948 1951

The Detroit Tigers become the first team to hold their spring training in Arizona. They play several games against local teams and two exhibitions against big league competition at Phoenix Riverside Park. But in 1930, the Tigers move their spring camp to California and never return to Arizona.

The Pilots show up to spring training wearing one uniform and leave to wear another. During spring training, the bankrupt Seattle team is sold to Milwaukee businessman and future MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. When they left spring training, they left as the Milwaukee Brewers.

1969

1970

The American League Seattle Pilots (Tempe) and the National League San Diego Padres (Yuma) join other teams training in Arizona. Charlie Finley’s A’s become the third addition to the league when they bring spring training back to Mesa. The A’s go on to win World Series titles three straight years (1972-74) while training in Mesa. 24 | Play Ball Magazine

Hohokam Stadium replaces Rendezvous Park in Mesa for spring training. The Oakland Athletics move into the new ballpark.

1952

The New York Yankees and their cross-town rival Giants swap spring training sites. The one-year-only swap is at the request of Yankees co-owner Del Webb, who wants to show off his World Series champion Yankees in his hometown. Phoenix fans are treated to seeing the first spring season of Mickey Mantle and the last of Joe DiMaggio.

A new era begins when the city Peoria opens a new $32 million complex and the San Diego Padres relocate from Yuma to share the new facility with the Mariners. The idea of shared facilities is one that will drive ballpark construction for the future.

The A’s and Giants trade places when San Francisco moves to Scottsdale and Oakland takes over Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

1977

The Chicago Cubs become the third team to take up residence in Arizona when they move their spring training base from Catalina Island to Mesa’s Rendezvous Park.

1984

Another expansion team — the Seattle Mariners — moves into Tempe’s ballpark. Unlike the previous tenant, the Mariners commit themselves for the long haul. They will be partners with the city of Tempe for the next 25 years.

1993

1994

Enticed by a new stadium and complex, the Indians leave Tucson for Florida, but expansion softens the blow as the Colorado Rockies take up spring residence at Hi Corbett Field. That same year, the Angels leave Palm Springs completely for a renovated Tempe Diablo Stadium.

1997 As teams demand bigger, better facilities, a new Hohokam Stadium replaces the smaller park of the same name. The new park sets a Cactus League singlegame record for attendance when 12,833 fans watch the Cubs play the Rockies on March 28.


The Baltimore Orioles train in Yuma. With their arrival, spring training in Arizona is officially referred to as the “Cactus League” as there are now four teams. After a year in Florida in 1955, the Orioles are lured back to Scottsdale with a brand-new ballpark and stay until 1959.

The Boston Red Sox take up residence at Scottsdale Stadium and stay until 1965. Cactus League fans are treated to the final two seasons of Ted Williams’ career and the beginning years of Carl Yastrzemski’s career.

1954 (spring) 1954 (Fall)

1959

After relocating the Giants to San Francisco is 1958, Horace Stoneham’s Giants begin training at a new practice facility in Casa Grande known as Francisco Grande. Built with modern amenities, Francisco Grande is primarily a training site for the team – the Giants will continue to play games at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

1961

The Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers relocate their spring operations from Florida and move into a new $48 million shared complex in Surprise as the Cactus League grows to 12 teams.

1998

2003

The Arizona Diamondbacks are born and so is a new-shared complex with the Chicago White Sox in Tucson. The $37 million Electric Park opens that spring, giving Tucson three teams as the Cactus League grows the 10 teams.

2006

1962

The American League-expansion Los Angeles Angels join the Cactus League, playing half of their games in Palm Springs and half in Arizona.

The New York Giants win the first all-Cactus League World Series, sweeping the Cleveland Indians in four games. Among the highlights in the now legendary over-the-shoulder catch by Giants center fielder Willie Mays that prevents a Cleveland rally with two men on base

The White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers announce that they will be moving their spring operations to a new complex in Glendale. Camelback Ranch in Glendale opens to rave reviews in 2009.

2010

1964

The National League-expansion Houston Colt 45s (now the Astros) make their spring training home at Geronimo Park in Apache Junction. Their arrival expands the Cactus League to six teams.

Mesa opens a new ballpark for the Chicago Cubs. The stadium has several elements reminiscent of Wrigley Field, including dark green light towers, metal work on the upper deck and a press box facade that looks similar to Wrigley.

The Cleveland Indians return to the Cactus League at a new complex in the town of Goodyear. The Cincinnati Reds join the Indians in Goodyear in 2010.

2009

The Giants move from “old” Phoenix Municipal Stadium to a new Phoenix Muni. Willie McCovey inaugurates the new $891,380 park with the first hit and Willie Mays hits the stadium’s first home run.

2011

With the addition of the Dodgers, Indians and Reds, the Cactus League now boasts a 15-team circuit. Half of all Major League teams now train in Arizona and for the first time, the Cactus League is equal to Florida’s Grapefruit League in size.

2014

The Rockies and Diamondbacks open a new facility at the Salt River Indian Community in Scottsdale. The move leaves Tucson without spring training baseball for the first time since 1947.

Two teams from the Cactus League once again face off in the World Series, as the Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians in seven games.

2015 2016

Actor Will Ferrell plays all nine positions in Cactus League games while filming a baseball special with HBO and Funny or Die. He uses a helicopter to get around between different games.

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Kansas City Royals Royals’ 2016 season: The Royals finished the season with an 81–81 record and third place in the division. Last World Series won: 2015 Players to watch: Lorenzo Cain, CF; Ian Kennedy, RHP; Raul Mondesi, 2B; Mike Moustakas, 3B; Salvador Perez, C Top 5 prospects: Josh Staumont, RHP; Matt Strahm, LHP; Hunter Dozier, 3B/OF; Eric Skoglund, LHP; A.J. Puckett, RHP Manager: Ned Yost Team mascot: Sluggerrr After the game: Shop at Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix, AZ 85086. A 374,000-square-foot outlet mall featuring a variety of name brands discounted between 30 and 70 percent.

Royals’ home Cactus League schedule

Where they play: Surprise Stadium, 15850 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise, AZ 85374 Seating capacity: 10,714 Stadium phone number: 623-222-2222 About the stadium: An impressive 124-acre ballpark, Surprise Stadium is the spring training headquarters for the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. Joining the Cactus League in 2002, Surprise Stadium has six full practice fields and a half field. With a total of 10,714 seats, the stadium includes luxury boxes and multi-level seating. Visitors seeking a little sunshine can also relax on the outfield berm. Fans of the 2015 World Series champions can partake in a number of Southwestern and Midwestern dishes (burgers, ice cream and barbeque) from one of the many concession stands. While training, the Royals take advantage of one of the two 50,000-square-foot fully-equipped clubhouses 26 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Saturday, Feb. 25

1:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Sunday, Feb. 26

1:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Wednesday, March 1

1:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Thursday, March 2

1:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Saturday, March 4

1:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Monday, March 6

1:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Wednesday, March 8

1:05 p.m.

Venezuela (WBC)

Friday, March 10

6:05 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Sunday, March 12

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Tuesday, March 14

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Thursday, March 16

1:05 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Saturday, March 18

1:05 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Monday, March 20

1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Wednesday, March 22

1:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Tuesday, March 28

1:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Wednesday, March 29

12:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers


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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Angels’ 2016 season: The team finished with a record of 74-88 and finished in fourth place in the AL West and did not make the playoffs.

Last World Series won: 2002 Players to watch: C.J. Cron, 1B; Danny Espinosa, 2B; Albert Pujols, 1B; Garrett Richards, RHP; Mike Trout, CF

Top 5 prospects: Jahmai Jones, OF; Matt Thaiss, 1B; Alex Meyer, RHP; Brandon Marsh, OF; Nate Smith, LHP Manager: Mike Scioscia After the game: See, hear and feel the vibes of instruments played by musical legends Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and countless others at the Musical Instrument Museum, located a short drive from Tempe at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix.

Angels’ home Cactus League schedule

Where they play: Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282

Seating capacity: 9,600 Stadium phone number: 480-350-5205 About the stadium: Tempe Diablo Stadium is the second-smallest stadium in the Cactus League, but the facility has placed in the Top 6 in team attendance for the last five seasons. The Angels have set attendance records for the past three consecutive years at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Tempe Diablo Stadium Complex was founded in 1968, underwent an extensive $20 million renovation in 2005 and was rededicated on Mar. 3, 2006. The renovation included the main stadium, the Major League Fields and the Minor League Complex on site. The stadium and all of its facilities overlook Gene Autry Field and the beautiful Marriott Buttes Resort. Not only is the complex one of the more picturesque facilities, it is one of the most accessible complexes in the Phoenix Metro area. 28 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Saturday, Feb. 25

1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Monday, Feb. 27

1:10 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Wednesday, March 1

1:10 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Thursday, March 2

1:10 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Friday, March 3

1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday, March 5

1:10 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Monday, March 6

1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Friday, March 10

1:10 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Sunday, March 12

1:10 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Monday, March 13

1:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Saturday, March 18

1:10 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Sunday, March 19

1:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Wednesday, March 22

1:10 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Friday, March 24

5:10 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Saturday, March 25

1:10 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Sunday, March 26,

1:10 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Tuesday, March 28

1:10 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Thursday, March 30

7:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Angel Stadium

Friday, March 31

7:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Angel Stadium


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Los Angeles Dodgers Dodgers’ 2016 season: The Dodgers set a new Major League record for the most players placed on the disabled list in one season, but still won their fourth consecutive National League West division championship, the first team in the division ever to do so. They were defeated by the Chicago Cubs in six games in the National League Championship Series. Last World Series won: 1988 Players to watch: Clayton Kershaw, LHP; Adrian Gonzalez, 1B; Corey Seager, SS; Justin Turner, 3B; Kenley Jansen, RHP Top 5 prospects: Julio Urias, LHP; Cody Bellinger, 1B; Jose De Leon, RHP; Alex Verdugo, OF; Willie Calhoun, 2B Manager: Dave Roberts After the game: Visit Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, AZ 85305. Shop, dine and play before or after the game at this entertainment hub.

Dodgers’ home Cactus League schedule

Where they play: Camelback Ranch-Glendale, 10710 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85037 Seating capacity: 13,000 Stadium phone number: 623-302-5000 About the stadium: Camelback Ranch-Glendale is owned and operated by the city of Glendale. It is the spring training homes of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. There is a Walk of Fame along the water feature. Camelback Ranch opened on March 1, 2009 for the spring training home opener between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. During the park’s first year, Dodgers fans noted and expressed their dismay at the absence of the Dodger Dog at the ballpark concession stands. The following season, Dodger Dogs began to be sold at the ballpark. In 2016, the Dodgers drew 155,841 fans to their 15 spring training games at Camelback Ranch (an average of 10,389 per game), setting a new franchise spring training record. 30 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Saturday, February 25

1:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Monday, February 27

1:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Thursday, March 2

1:05 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Friday, March 3

1:05 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Sunday, March 5

1:05 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Tuesday, March 7

1:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Friday, March 10

7:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Saturday, March 11

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Sunday, March 12

7:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Tuesday, March 14

1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Thursday, March 16

1:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Friday, March 17

7:05 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Sunday, March 19

1:05 p.m.

Asia (WBC)

Tuesday, March 21

1:05 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Friday, March 24

1:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Saturday, March 25

1:05 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Monday, March 27

1:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Tuesday, March 28

1:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Saturday, April 1

1:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels of Anaheim at Dodger Stadium


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Milwaukee Brewers Brewers’ 2016 season: The Brewers finished the season in fourth place in the National League Central Division and did not make the playoffs. Last World Series appearance: In 1982, the Brewers won the American League Pennant, earning their only World Series appearance to date. Players to watch: Ryan Braun, OF; Junior Guerra, RHP; Wily Peralta, RHP; Domingo Santana, RF; Eric Thames, 1B Top 5 prospects: Lewis Brinson, OF; Corey Ray, OF; Brett Phillips, OF; Luis Ortiz, RHP; Josh Hader, LHP Manager: Craig Counsell Team mascot: Bernie Brewer After the game: Keep the competition and adrenaline flowing with a visit to Turf Paradise, a thoroughbred and quarterhorse racetrack located at 1501 W. Bell Rd. in Phoenix.

Brewers’ home Cactus League schedule

Where they play: Maryvale Baseball Park, 3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85031 Seating capacity: 10,000 Stadium Phone number: 623-245-5555 About the stadium: Built in 1998, Maryvale Baseball Park is the spring training home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee traditions have been brought to this open and relaxed stadium to make every Brewers fan feel at home. The park serves Bratwurst and, of course, hosts the Klement’s Sausage Race, just like at Miller Park. The concourse is shaded, but fans can enjoy the game in the sun along the outfield lawn. Much of the ballpark is painted blue to remind the fans of home, and its ease of access and relaxing setting has given the park a friendly atmosphere. 32 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Friday, Feb. 24

1:05 p.m.

University of Wisconsin

Sunday, Feb. 26

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Tuesday, Feb. 28

1:05 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Wednesday, March 1

1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, March 4

1:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Sunday, March 5

1:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Wednesday, March 8

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Friday, March 10

1:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Saturday, March 11

1:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Monday, March 13

1:05 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Thursday, March 16

1:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Friday. March 17

1:05 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Saturday, March 18

1:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, March 22

1:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Sunday, March 26

1:05 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Tuesday, March 28

1:05 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Wednesday, March 29

12:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels

Friday, March 31

7:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Milwaukee, WI

Saturday, April 1

1:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Milwaukee, WI


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Oakland Athletics Athletics’ 2016 season: The team saw its struggles as the Athletics had a number of injuries, but the emergence of young talent and prospects ended the season on a high note going in to Spring Training. Last World Series won: 1989 Players to watch: Khris Davis, LF; Rajai Davis, OF; Sonny Gray, RHP; Ryon Healy, 3B; Marcus Semien, SS Top 5 prospects: Franklin Barreto, SS; A.J. Puk, LHP; Matt Chapman, 3B; Jharel Cotton, RHP; Frankie Montas, RHP Manager: Bob Melvin Team mascot: Stomper After the game: Have dinner at Blue Adobe Grill, near the stadium at 144 N. Country Club Dr. in Mesa; or head east and enjoy a relaxing cruise on breathtaking Canyon Lake aboard the Dolly Steamboat, a replica of a classic American sternwheeler.

Athletics’ home Cactus League schedule

Where they play: Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N. Center St., Mesa, AZ 85201 Seating capacity: 10,000

Stadium phone number: 1-877-493-BALL About the stadium: In 1977, the Oakland Athletics opened the then newly built Hohokam Stadium. Thirty-seven years later, the A’s returned to Hohokam, this time with a state-ofthe-art facility in the heart of Mesa. With newly renovated green-and-gold paint, a shaded terrace level, upgraded concessions and the largest highdefinition scoreboard in the Cactus League, Hohokam Stadium is the perfect place to catch an A’s training game. In addition to multilevel seating, the stadium offers visitors plenty of picnic areas — a perfect place to feast on Bay-Area inspired food and beverage options. In 2013, the A’s established a 20-year agreement with Mesa to hold spring training at Hohokam Stadium, with the option to extend their contract to up to 30 years. 34 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Sunday, February 26

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Tuesday, February 28

1:05 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Thursday, March 2

1:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Friday, March 3

1:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Saturday, March 4

1:05 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Wednesday, March 8

1:05 p.m.

Team Italy

Thursday, March 9

1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, March 11

1:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Sunday, March 12

1:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Tuesday, March 14

1:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Friday, March 17

1:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Saturday, March 18

1:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Monday, March 20

7:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Thursday, March 23

1:05 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Friday, March 24

1:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Saturday, March 25

1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Monday, March 27

1:05 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

*Saturday, April 1

12:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants *At Oakland Coliseum


San Diego Padres Padres’ 2016 season: The Padres finished the season tied with the Reds for the worst record in the National League at 68-94. Last World Series won: The Padres made it to the Fall Classic in 1984 and 1998, but have yet to win a World Series. Players to watch: Jhoulys Chacin, RHP; Austin Hedges, C; Wil Myers, 1B; Ryan Schimpf, 2B; Yangervis Solarte, 3B Top 5 prospects: Anderson Espinoza, RHP; Manuel Margot, OF; Adrian Morejon, LHP; Hunter Renfroe, OF; Cal Quantrill, RHP Manager: Andy Green Team mascot: Swinging Friar After the game: Head over to Arizona Broadway Theatre, the state’s leader in musical theater, featuring professional Broadway productions with restaurant style dining. It’s located at 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria.

Padres’ home Cactus League Schedule

Where they play: Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382 Seating capacity: 12,518 Stadium Phone number: 623-773-8700 About the stadium: Peoria Sports Complex is located in the heart of Peoria’s P83 District. The Padres have held spring training here since 1994. The complex features premier group catering areas, including the Colonnade, an elegant indoor space for up to 200 guests outfitted with air conditioning, televisions, a full bar, private restrooms and a private field view patio. The Pavilion is an even larger space with partial shading, lounge seating, private bar and a unique bullpen view for up to 400 guests. The stadium also boasts a spectacular children’s play attraction called Peoria Cove, that includes the Ballyard, a miniaturized baseball field so your kids can play out their big league dreams and the Shipyard, a themed playground featuring a splash pad, slides and climbs for kids to enjoy. Additionally, the stadium’s burnished reputation for the best variety of food and craft beer is well-deserved and player accessibility is abundant with the stadium’s “Autograph Alley” and free admission to the practice fields. 36 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Saturday, Feb. 25

1:10 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Tuesday, Feb. 28

1:10 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Wednesday, March 1

1:10 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Friday, March 3

6:40 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Saturday, March 4

1:10 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Tuesday, March 7

1:10 p.m.

Mexico (WBC)

Thursday, March 9

1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday, March 12

1:10 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Monday, March 13

1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Thursday, March 16

1:10 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Friday, March 17

7:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Sunday, March 19

1:10 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Monday, March 20

7:10 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Thursday, March 23

1:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Sunday, March 26

1:10 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Monday, March 27

1:10 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Thursday, March 30

12:10 p.m.

Colorado Rockies


San Francisco Giants Giants’ 2016 season: The Giants advanced to the postseason as a Wild Card team and defeated the New York Mets in the Wild Card Game. They were defeated in four games by the Chicago Cubs in the Division Series. Last World Series won: 2014 Players to watch: Brandon Belt, 1B; Madison Bumgarner, LHP; Brandon Crawford, SS; Johnny Cueto, RHP; Buster Posey, C Top 5 prospects: Heath Quinn, OF; Joan Gregorio, RHP; Andrew Suarez, LHP; Chris Shaw, 1B; Ty Blach, LHP Manager: Bruce Bochy Team mascot: Lou Seal After the game: Celebrate the art, history, culture and unique stories of the Greater Western region at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, located a short drive or a refreshing walk from Scottsdale Stadium at 3830 N. Marshall Way in Scottsdale.

Giants’ home Cactus League schedule

Where they play: Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Seating capacity: 12,000 Stadium phone number: 480-990-7972 About the stadium: Established in the early 1950s, Scottsdale Stadium once housed the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s. The “new” Scottsdale Stadium opened in 1992 after a year of construction, with a facilities update in 2005, which included an expanded clubhouse, batting tunnel and practice fields, to name a few. Now home to the Giants, this spacious ballpark has plenty to offer, including a picturesque backdrop of Camelback Mountain. In addition to to being one of the larger parks within the Cactus League, the spring training home of the Giants offers ample seating for fans and easy access to concourse amenities. While visiting the concession stands and Giants Dugout Stores, visitors can stop by the Arizona Fall League Hall and Scottsdale Sports Hall of Fame under the covered portion of the grandstand. 38 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Friday, Feb. 24

1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, Feb. 25

1:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Monday, Feb. 27

1:05 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Wednesday, March 1

6:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Thursday, March 2

1:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Sunday, March 5

1:05 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Monday, March 6

1:05 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Wednesday, March 8

1:05 p.m.

Puerto Rico (WBC)

Friday, March 10

1:05 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Saturday, March 11

1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Sunday, March 12

1:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Wednesday, March 15

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Friday, March 17

6:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Sunday, March 19

1:05 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Tuesday, March 21

1:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Thursday, March 23

6:05 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Saturday, March 25

3:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Monday, March 27

1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Thursday, March 30

7:15 p.m.

Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park

Friday, March 31

7:15 p.m.

Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park


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Seattle Mariners Mariners’ 2016 season: Despite finishing with a winning record of 86–76, the Mariners failed to make the playoffs, finishing in second place in the American League West Division. Last World Series won: The Mariners have yet to make it to a World Series. Players to watch: Robinson Cano, 2B; Nelson Cruz, OF/DH; Felix Hernandez, RHP; Kyle Seager, 3B; Jean Segura, SS Top 5 prospects: Kyle Lewis, OF; Tyler O’Neill, OF; Luiz Gohara, LHP; Nick Neidert, RHP; Mitch Haniger, OF Manager: Scott Servais Team mascot: Mariner Moose After the game: Check out Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium at 16501 W. Northern Ave. in Litchfield Park. Feed a tiger. The Safari Park features an African lion habitat, African birds and keep your eyes out for monkeys, baboons, warthogs and macaws. And don’t miss Dragon World, with exhibits that feature large ectotherms.

Mariners’ home Cactus League Schedule

Where they play: Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382 Seating capacity: 12,518 Stadium Phone number: 623-773-8700 About the stadium: The Mariners have called Peoria their spring home since 1994. Surrounded by the many attractions of the P83 District, including restaurants, bars, shopping and movies, Peoria Sports Complex is a fan’s delight in many ways beyond baseball. Fans can visit the enormous team store to pick out the latest gear before settling in for the ballgame. Peoria offers the Cactus League’s largest lawn and the most shaded seats for fans to either spread out and sunbathe or relax and chill under the trellis. A taste of home can also be found throughout the stadium with Seattle-themed concession stands and a craft beer selection that features several popular flavors from the Pacific Northwest. Children must visit Peoria Cove, a play attraction that has a miniaturized baseball field and a ship-themed playground featuring a splash pad, slides and climbs. Adult fans will want to visit the Craft Courtyard, a social area with lounge seating and special offers to sample beer and whiskey.. 40 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Sunday, February 26

1:10 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Monday, February 27

1:10 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Thursday, March 2

1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday, March 5

1:10 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Monday, March 6

1:10 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Wednesday, March 8

7:10 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Friday, March 10

1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Saturday, March 11

1:10 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds

Tuesday, March 14

1:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Wednesday, March 15

1:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Saturday, March 18

1:10 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Tuesday, March 21

7:10 p.m.

Oakland Athletics

Wednesday, March 22

1:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Friday, March 24

1:10 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Saturday, March 25

1:10 p.m.

Texas Rangers

Tuesday, March 28

1:10 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Wednesday, March 29

1:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Friday, March 31

6:40 p.m.

Colorado Rockies


Texas Rangers Rangers’ 2016 season: The Rangers won the American League West championship for the second straight season, with the best record in the AL. However, for the second straight year, they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the Division Series, this time in three games. Last World Series won: The Rangers made it to the World Series in both 2010 and 2011, but have yet to win a World Series. Players to watch: Adrian Beltre, 3B; Yu Darvish, RHP; Cole Hamels, LHP; Jonathan Lucroy, C; Rougned Odor, 2B Top 5 prospects: Leody Taveras, OF; Yohander Mendez, LHP; Ariel Jurado, RHP; Cole Ragans, LHP; Andy Ibanez, 2B/3B Manager: Jeff Banister Team mascot: Rangers Captain After the game: Eat at Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen, 15565 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, AZ 85374. For more than 60 years, this Phoenix-based chain has won over discerning tastebuds with its Mexican fare.

Rangers’ home Cactus League schedule

Where they play: Surprise Stadium, 15850 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise, AZ 85374 Seating capacity: 10,714 Stadium phone number: 623-222-2222 About the stadium: Surprise Stadium was designed by HOK Sport, built in 2002 and holds 10,714 people. It is the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers and the home of the Arizona Fall League’s Surprise Saguaros. The stadium was also the home of the Golden Baseball League’s Surprise Fightin’ Falcons, who folded after their only season in 2005. In addition to baseball practice facilities, the campus is home to the city’s aquatic center, tennis complex, community park, and a regional library, all of which are across the street from the stadium’s main entrance. 42 | Play Ball Magazine

Date

Time

Opponent

Saturday, Feb. 25

1:05 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Monday, Feb. 27

1:05 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers

Tuesday, Feb. 28

1:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Friday, March 3

1:05 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Sunday, March 5

1:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs

Tuesday, March 7

1:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Thursday, March 9

1:05 p.m.

Venezuela (WBC)

Saturday, March 11

1:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Monday, March 13

6:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants

Wednesday, March 15

1:05 p.m.

Cleveland Indians

Friday, March 17

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Friday, March 17

7:05 p.m.

Cleveland in Texas

Saturday, March 18

2:05 p.m.

Cleveland in Texas

Sunday, March 19

1:05 p.m.

Seattle Mariners

Tuesday, March 21

6:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

Thursday, March 23

4:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Friday, March 24

1:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres

Sunday, March 26

1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Monday, March 27

1:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies

Friday, March 31

7:05 p.m.

K.C. Royals in Texas

Saturday, April 1

1:05 p.m.

K.C. Royals in Texas


Cactus League Stadium Guide Don’t miss this: While in Maryvale, to get that true Miller Park experience, join Brewers fans who tailgate in the parking lots before the game.

1. Camelback Ranch Where: 10710 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85037 Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox Year opened: 2009 Feature: Camelback Ranch provides free parking for both teams. Also, save $3 by purchasing your tickets in advance. Autographs: Fans can get autographs even on non-game days, right next to the practice fields (open from 9 a.m. to the end of workouts). If you are going to a game, get there early because you can head to your favorite team’s dugout (White Sox on the first-base side and the Dodgers on the third-base side) to get an autograph. Signature food: Montejo Patio is the place to be inside the ballpark. Enjoy a frozen margarita and stay cool on the shaded patio.

3. Hohokam Stadium Where: 1235 N. Center St., Mesa 85201 Teams: Oakland Athletics Year opened: 1977 Feature: You will have a cool experience in Hohokam Stadium, which has the most shaded seats compared to the rest of the Cactus League Stadiums, largest scoreboard and a kid’s zone. Autographs: Arrive early to a game because the A’s are the only team that allows fans to snag balls and get autographs during batting practice. Signature food: Ike’s Sandwiches are from the Bay Area. They are specialty deli sandwiches that will tickle your taste buds. Don’t miss this: The Athletics are known for mustaches because in 1972 Owner Charlie O. Finley said he would give the players $300 if they could grow a mustache, so it is only fitting that the Mustache Pretzel food truck is stationed down the right field line.

5. Peoria Sports Complex Where: 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria 85382 Teams: San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners Year opened: 1994 Feature: Kids 12 and under can do public address announcements, stand with a player during the National Anthem and run the bases after the game. Autographs: If your hand is small enough, you can stick your hand through the fence as the players are entering or exiting the field from the clubhouse. Hence, the nickname – “Autograph Alley.” You can also receive autographs at the main stadium before the start of the National Anthem or during early morning workouts on the practice fields. Signature food: If you are feeling up for the challenge, you can buy the Foot-Long “Ruthian” Hot Dog. Feels like home: Petco Park features grass seating in the outfield. So does Peoria.

2. Goodyear Ballpark Where: 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear 85338 Teams: Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds Year opened: 2009 Feature: The Ziz, a statue that is hard to miss right outside the ballpark, is sculpted to represent a bird in flight. The Ziz stands at 60 feet, 6 inches, exactly the same distance between home plate and the pitcher’s mound. Autographs: Before every game the Reds and the Indians sign autographs in sections 106 and section 118. Signature food: You can find Cleveland’s famous Bertman Ballpark Mustard. For Cincinnati lovers, you can find Skyline Chili right inside the park. Don’t miss this: The Estrella Falls Kid’s Zone, which is free for all ages at every game and features a whiffle ball field and inflatable bounce houses.

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4. Maryvale Stadium Where: 3600 N. 51st Ave, Phoenix 85031 Team: Milwaukee Brewers Year opened: 1998 Feature: A lot of Cactus League teams have started a trend of playing college baseball teams and the Brewers will be joining in on the fun this year. They will be playing the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to kick off spring training. Autographs: Fans can grab Brewers autographs after their pregame stretching down the right field line, lawn and behind their dugout. Signature food: Sink your teeth into some true Milwaukee flair with a juicy bratwurst.

6. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Where: 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale 85256 Teams: Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies Year opened: 2011 Feature: As the afternoon sun gets hotter, the seats get cooler. The main grandstand was designed so that as the game gets on, more of the seats are shaded. Oh, and it’s impossible to miss the stunning mountain view on the horizon. Autographs: Make sure you get to the game early and park yourself on the left and right field railing to snag the players as they walk


into the stadium. Or if you like the easy way, both teams set up pregame autograph sessions on their respective concourses: left field for the Diamondbacks, right field for the Rockies. Signature food: Salty Senorita is a staple in Arizona, so don’t miss out on the margaritas and Mexican food while watching the Diamondbacks or Rockies play. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, Cold Stone Creamery, whose corporate headquarters sits just across the street from Salt River Fields, sells inside the stadium as well.

7. Scottsdale Stadium Where: 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale 85251 Team: San Francisco Giants Year opened: 1992 Feature: Have a free morning during spring training? Come to the stadium because when the team is scheduled to play a road game, the gates are open and fans can see their favorite players up close as they prepare to head off to their game. Autographs: Go to the area surrounding the Giants dugout before or after the game. Signature food: Garlic fries at Giants games are known baseball wide but not everyone can travel all the way to the Bay Area for this ballpark delicacy. Good news is the legendary fries are available during Giants games at Scottsdale Stadium. Feels like home: What makes you feel more at home than constantly being reminded that you have won a World Series title three of the last seven years. Plastered all over the ballpark are the championship logos celebrating the Giants dynasty.

8. Sloan Park Where: 2330 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa 85201 Team: Chicago Cubs Year Opened: 2014 Feature: If you’re bringing little ones with you, there’s a miniature Wrigley baseball field for the kiddos to play on during the game, as well as a beautiful park a couple hundred yards to the right of the ballpark if you’re facing the entrance gates. The park offers a small lake – a perfect destination for a relaxing picnic – and a

Signature food: Food at the stadium changes

bright blue jungle gym for the kids. Autographs: The Cubs fill the path between the Under Armor practice facility and the player’s stadium entrance after the game to meet with fans and sign plenty of fan gear. Signature food: There are two “Taste of Chicago” stands inside the ballpark offering a Chicago favorite – the famous and mouthwatering Italian beef sandwich, alongside Italian style hot dogs and pizza. Don’t miss this: Sloan Park is one of the only stadiums to offer some healthy options along with all the regular ballpark food. Most concession stands offer salads, fruit and yogurt and a veggie and dip platter. Feels like home: You’ll feel like you’re in the famous Wrigley Field with architecture that mimics that of the Chicagoan counterpart. The outfield berm matches the look of Wrigley’s bleachers, while the iconic brick backstop is recreated in Sloan Park as well. Your experience will continue outside of the gates, with street signs that match the names of Chicago streets.

every year but you can always count on funnel cakes and cheese steaks. Chill out at the beer garden with a frozen margarita. Feels like home: Rangers fans might recognize the roped off section of the grass that makes up the lower half of the hitter’s backdrop in center, because just like at the Rangers Ballpark, fans can retrieve home run balls that fall in that area. Royals fans can buy World Series championship attire in the team shop.

10. Tempe Diablo Stadium Where: 2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe 85281 Team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Year opened: 1968 Feature: At 9,315 capacity, the stadium is the second smallest Cactus League venue, which gives fans an intimate feeling. Autographs: Line up along the first base line and players will sign for you. Signature food: The popular nachos are piled high inside an Angels baseball helmet. Don’t miss this: Before you head to the lawn, make sure to grab free samples of sunblock throughout the stadium. Also look for the Budweiser Clydesdales that make a surprise visit from time to time. Photos and text compiled by Cronkite News Service.

9. Surprise Stadium Where: 15960 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise 85374 Teams: Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers Year opened: 2003 Feature: Join fans in the Home Run Party Tent located in right center field and enjoy catered food and drinks while watching a game. Cost: $30. Autographs: Arrive early and get autographs at the edges of the dugout. Also attend an early morning practice and you will be given access to autographs at the practice fields.

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