Spring Training

In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season. Spring training allows new players to try out for roster and position spots, and gives existing team players practice time prior to competitive play. Spring Training attracts Fans to warm weather in early months and baseball. Spring training typically starts in mid February and continues until just before Opening Day of the regular season, traditionally the first week of April. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first because pitchers benefit from a longer training period. Team members normally wear their batting practice uniforms for the duration of spring training and only wear their normal jerseys beginning on Opening Day. Spring training by major league teams in sites other than their regular season game sites first became popular in the 1890s and by 1910 was in wide use. Hot Springs, Arkansas has been called the original "birthplace" of Spring Training baseball. The teams are split 15 and 15 and half play in Florida and the others play in Arizona. The Florida League is called the Grapefruit League and the Arizona League is called the Cactus League

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