From spring training hubs to minor league hotbeds, these cities and towns keep you close to the game
By Tim Wendel, AARP, February 15, 2023
For serious baseball fans, the most beautiful words in the English language are “Pitchers and catchers report.”
(OK, maybe the second-most beautiful, after “The [insert your team] win the pennant!” as shrieked by a play-by-play announcer.)
With the arrival of spring training, which begins Feb. 15 this year, millions of fans make the pilgrimage to Florida and Arizona to spend sunny days at intimate Grapefruit League and Cactus League ballparks, sizing up established stars, hot prospects and their favorite team’s chances for the new season.