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THE RITES OF SPRING C AC T U S L E AG U E B A S E B A L L B L OS SO M S I N T H E D E S E RT By Charlie Vascellaro

Arizona’s Cactus League has been a rite of spring since 1947, perpetually drawing more and more fans from the cooler climes of their home cities to the desert dwellings of the 15 major league teams residing in the Valley of the Sun from mid-February to the end of March. While the spring exhibition games do not count in the regular standings, the competition is as fierce as ever. Hoping to reclaim the glory of their 2016 World Series Championship, The Chicago Cubs are playing their home games at Sloan Park in Mesa, the league’s popular and newest venue, opened in 2014. The Los Angeles Dodgers are entering the team’s 11th year as shared tenants of the sprawling and spacious Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale with their Chicago White Sox partners. The Colorado Rockies and NL West division rival Arizona Diamondbacks have shared the spectacular Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian

Community adjacent to Scottsdale and just across Arizona State Loop 101 from the Talking Stick Resort and Casino, since 2011. The feel good story of the 2018 season, the Brewers are optimistically entering the 2019 season at their recently remodeled Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix which the team has called home since 1998. Renovations to the ballpark facility include a new wide-open entry plaza located directly behind home plate providing a view of the ballpark that previously did not exist. Both the home team and visitor’s clubhouses have been renovated and all of the training facilities have been upgraded. Fans will appreciate newly refurbished and expanded parking lots, concession stands, restrooms and a wider concourse as well as newly landscaped exterior. While the rise of the Brewers proved to be the biggest story in the National League, the Oakland A’s were the most surprising

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