The weather is breaking. The buds are sprouting. Or at least that’s what we want, but instead, we have multiple snow squalls in March in PA . But when the temperature does rise and the days get longer, spring and summer will be coming into full swing. This means one thing to me: baseball season.
Spring training is one thing most baseball fanatics look forward to as the MLB teams meet in Florida and Arizona to train and play preseason games against other baseball teams.
The first actual training camp occurred in 1929 when the teams met for training in Arizona. The spring training then took charge as more people went to more games. They were no longer just practice games to the audience. Now people are planning vacations just to see them play the preseason games in Arizona and Florida. In 2011, Arizona had a record 1.59 million fans at the Cactus League ball games.
“In the Arizona springtime, baseball can be played as it is played best — outdoors, in the daylight, in the sunshine, with neither rain nor cold as hostile detractors.”– www.springtrainingmagazine.com
As for the Phillies, there was not much hope last year, but progress was made compared to years in the past. One of the main factors in this improvement was Maikel Franco, who played a big part in helping the Phillies out a little more last year with 25 home runs and 88 RBI’s.
The Phillies also have some good upcoming players for the team. Some of the prospects, including J.P. Crawford, Mickey Moniak, and Jorge Alfaro, have good skill and ability to play.
If there’s one thing that I think all baseball fans and players can agree on, it would be that we don’t want to wait all of winter and spring for another baseball game. This is why we love spring training: it gives us a chance to watch the teams play and compete a little bit before the regular season starts.
“People ask me what I do in winter when there is no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”