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Monday, March 25, 2019

Miniature stadia, plentiful peanuts and dirty diapers: The joy of baseball spring training

Baseball might look gentle but it is also relentless. The season begins on Thursday and will stretch into October, with every team playing 162 games each. For the first time two will take place in London this year, with the Boston Red Sox facing the New York Yankees at West Ham’s stadium in June.

For now, all 30 teams migrate south to either Florida or Arizona to guarantee appropriate weather for pre-season, or spring training. Florida takes spring training seriously. The stands are full and the excitement is real, but no-one really cares about the score.

“From a results standpoint, no. I don’t think there’s ever been a correlation between what you do down here and the season,” says Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “The one thing I always say is we’re not in spring training to win games, we’re here to get individuals ready for the season.”

The Sox have a vast campus dedicated to that aim known as Fenway South. JetBlue Park, its 10,823-capacity stadium, shares identical dimensions to their normal home Fenway Park, complete with a modified version of the Green Monster outfield wall. There’s no point hitting home runs easily here then finding it twice as hard when it matters.

Spring training, as described for a British audience.

 

QLE Posted: March 25, 2019 at 10:26 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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