Finding Florida: MLB Spring Training

Seasons are hard to distinguish  in the land of perpetual sunshine.  It can be hard to know when winter ends and spring has come when there is no snow to melt.  There are some tell tale signs like the Tabula trees blooming in their pink and yellow glory as well as the azaleas.  Most importantly, spring training comes to Florida allowing us the opportunity to see several Major League Baseball teams practice and play each other.  For many Floridians , this is the signal  that spring has arrived.

 

Spring training means that MLB teams from around the country assemble in sunny Florida or Arizona to practice and solidify their rosters before the actual season begins at the beginning of April.  In Florida, we have the Grapefruit League which includes: 

  • Boston Red Sox
  • New York Yankees
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Atlanta Braves
  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Houston Astros
  • Miami Marlins
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Minnesota Twins
  • New York Mets
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Washington Nationals

 

Clearly,  these are mostly northern teams who still have snow and ice in their stadiums thus the need to go to someplace warm and sunny to get ready for the upcoming season.  Pitchers report to camp first. This takes place in early February with the rest of the team as well as any hopefuls assembling at the end of February.  Games between the teams dominate the month of March.




Here at the Rogers Academy, March brings lots of outdoor activities to enjoy the beautiful weather before the scorching heat of summer.  Depending on the team we are going to see, we research the area beforehand.  Each child chooses a different aspect to present to the family either at dinner the night before or on the way to the game.  It could be a regional food like Philly cheese steak for the Philadelphia Phillies or the reason why New York City has two baseball teams .  Sometimes we have actually been to the team’s respective cities so we reminisce about what we’ve seen there.  We’ve researched the locations of the cities where the teams come from.  YouTube provides videos on some local cultural events. We’ve made some local food to taste as well as learn about the history of baseball in America.  We learn the rules and terms of baseball while watching the games and keeping score on our scorecards.  It’s a rare opportunity to be able to see many professional teams locally at a relatively low cost with no need for a hotel.  For this baseball loving mama, it’s heaven on earth and yet another reason why homeschooling in Florida rocks!

 

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