For much of the year, America’s biggest cities are privy to America’s pastime, baseball. While these games are played in massive stadiums with illustrious histories, there is a way to see the world’s best ball players on a more intimate level. Enter Spring Training, where teams break off into two leagues, the Cactus League, and the Grapefruit League. FlightHub, a North American online travel agency, is baseball crazy. I asked them to take a look at where people should head if they want to see some great Spring baseball in anticipation of the boys of Summer heading North.
16 major league teams call Southern Florida home for Spring Training. Among them are some of the leagues biggest teams including The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and FlightHub’s favourite, The Toronto Blue Jays. According to FlightHub’s review, Tampa Bay, Florida would be the smartest place to fly to if you want to take in some Spring ball. Along Florida’s West coast you will find the Spring homes of the Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Red Sox, and and the Minnesota Twins, giving you access to some of the leagues best teams all within a small geographical area.
Phoenix is definitely ground zero for Spring baseball according to my FlightHub review. Located in the heart of Cactus League action, Phoenix will allow baseball tourists 360 degree access to almost every team training in the state. Teams training in Arizona include the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers.
Why Spring Training?
Spring Training ball, whichever league you choose, allows you to experience baseball on a far more personal level. Games are played in smaller stadiums, in smaller cities, and often allow for a degree of interaction with players both pre and post game. It’s often much cheaper to watch these games, and you will also have a chance to see younger players who could turn out to be the stars of the future. FlightHub definitely recommends a pilgrimage to the South if you have a strong interest in baseball and want to see it in a way you have never seen it before.