The New York Yankees train in Tampa, but the Tampa Bay Rays train 94 miles away in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Mets Stadium is the new name of the New York Mets’ ballpark in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It was called Digital Domain Park last year after years of being known as Tradition Field and before that Thomas J. White Stadium.
The Boston Red Sox’s Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., not only has a version of The Green Monster, but also the scoreboard on the left field wall is the same one that stood at Fenway Park before going into storage.
Two cool things about Phoenix Municipal Stadium (Oakland Athletics): The foul poles were originally used at the Polo Grounds, and it’s just a stone’s throw away from Hole in the Rock, an unusual natural rock formation in Papago Park.
The facade of the Minnesota Twins’ Hammond Stadium was made to look like the entrance to Louisville’s Churchill Downs.
Steinbrenner Field has the same outfield dimensions as Yankee Stadium.
Orlando’s Champion Stadium (Atlanta Braves) is adjacent to Disney World.
If you’re driving between Port St. Lucie and Tampa via Interstate 75 and State Road 84, there’s a reason that stretch of highway is known as Alligator Alley. Don’t pull over.
Teams that share spring training sites: St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins in Florida; Los Angeles Dodgers and White Sox, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners in Arizona.
Here’s an oxymoron for you: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim frolic at Diablo (translated Devil) Stadium.
Arizona’s Salt River Fields, home of the Rockies and Diamondbacks, is the first MLB facility built on Native American land. The reservation also features two casinos.
From 1946 until 1961, the Yankees trained in St. Petersburg, Fla., with the exception of 1951 in Phoenix. And that was Mickey Mantle’s rookie season.
Six teams – the Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Mariners, Padres, Rockies and Diamondbacks – have never held spring training in Florida.