In Arizona, both the locals and the winter visitors eagerly await the beginning of Spring Training for Major League Baseball, and there are 15 teams that come to Arizona each year for a league affectionately referred to as the Cactus League.
The 15 teams whose spring trainings happen in the Phoenix area are the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, San Fransisco Giants, and Texas Rangers.
For the fans, Spring Training means great games, great players, jumbo hot dogs, cheap tickets, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the athletes. Watching a spring training game is a great way to spend warm March days soaking in the sun and hearing the cracks of the bats. There are plenty of Cactus League games, but some tickets, especially for the Cubs, can be difficult to get.
The 2019 Spring Training exhibition schedule begins o Thursday, February 21 and goes through Tuesday, March 26—two days before the regular season starts.
Spring Training Stadiums
The teams in the Cactus League regularly train and compete at their own "home" stadiums throughout the months of February and March. The spring training home for each of the 15 teams are listed below:
- Arizona Diamondbacks: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
- Chicago Cubs: Sloan Park, Mesa
- Chicago White Sox: Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Phoenix
- Cincinnati Reds: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
- Cleveland Indians: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
- Colorado Rockies: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
- Kansas City Royals: Surprise Recreation Campus, Surprise
- Los Angeles Angels: Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe
- Los Angeles Dodgers: Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Phoenix
- Milwaukee Brewers: Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix
- Oakland Athletics: Hohokam Stadium, Mesa
- San Diego Padres: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
- San Francisco Giants: Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale
- Seattle Mariners: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
- Texas Rangers: Surprise Recreation Campus, Surprise
For a full list of "home" and "away" games for each team, visit the official Cactus League website, where you can also purchase tickets, check team rosters, and even plan your trip to Arizona for the Spring Training season.
2019 Major League Baseball Pre-Season Standings
When it comes to getting tickets to spring training, which are often far cheaper than regular season tickets, it can be quite difficult to get seats for games played by the champion of the prior baseball season or those sitting on top of their pre-season standings. Here's how each Cactus League team did in the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season:
- Arizona Diamondbacks: 82 wins, 80 losses, Third in the National League West Division
- Chicago Cubs: 95 wins, 68 losses, Second in the National League Central Division
- Chicago White Sox: 62 wins, 100 losses, Fourth in American League Central Division
- Cincinnati Reds: 67 wins, 95 losses, Fifth in the National League Central Division
- Cleveland Indians: 91 wins, 71 losses, First in American League Central Division
- Colorado Rockies: 91 wins, 72 losses, Second in the National League West Division
- Kansas City Royals: 58 wins, 104 losses, Fifth in the American League Central Division
- Los Angeles Angels: 80 wins, 82 losses, Fourth in the American League West Division
- Los Angeles Dodgers: 92 wins, 71 losses, First in the National League West Division
- Milwaukee Brewers: 96 wins, 67 losses, First in the National League Central Division
- Oakland Athletics: 97 wins, 65 losses, Second in the American League West Division
- San Diego Padres: 66 wins, 96 losses, Fifth in the National League West Division
- San Francisco Giants: 73 wins, 89 losses, Fourth in the National League West Division
- Seattle Mariners: 89 wins, 73 losses, Third in the American League West Division
- Texas Rangers: 67 wins, 95 losses, Fifth in the American League West Division
Since the Los Angeles Dodgers were narrowly defeated by the Boston Red Sox for the World Series Championship title but won the National League Championship title in 2018, tickets for their spring training games will be harder to come by in 2019. Tickets for the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Oakland Athletics, the Clevland Indians, and the Colorado Rockies—all of which competed in the 2018 post-season—will also be harder to come by this year.