Although the dates vary from team to team and from year to year, Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers typically report around the 3rd week of February. Pitchers and catchers, along with managers, coaching staff and administrative personnel, are the first members of each MLB team to report to spring training. Pitchers and catchers usually have their first workout a day or two after reporting to the team's spring training facilities.Continue Reading
Position players, such as second basemen, shortstops and outfielders, report within a week of when pitchers and catchers reported. Full squad workouts, including minor league players and players invited to spring training who are not on the team's 40-man roster, take place a day or two later.
Spring training for Major League Baseball teams take place in Florida and Arizona. The teams practice, perform team workouts and individual training sessions for about a week, and then Florida teams play in the Grapefruit League and Arizona teams play in the Cactus League, in preparation for the regular season. These games take place for between 4 and 5 weeks until the end of March or beginning of April, when the teams pack up and begin playing the regular season. During this period, teams determine the players that will make their 25-man roster, the players that will be sent to the minor leagues and the players that will be released from their contracts.Learn more about Baseball
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