Find out when the New York Yankees will report for their first spring training game of the season.
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Spring training is a time for players to get back into game shape and prepare for the upcoming season. It also gives fans a chance to see their favorite players and teams in action before the season starts. For the Yankees, spring training starts on February 22nd and runs through March 25th.
The History of Spring Training
Spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season. It is traditionally in the month of February or early March, although some teams hold their spring training in other months due to scheduling conflicts. Spring training allows new players to try out for the team, and gives established players practice time before the season starts.
The Early Years
The first professional team, the Cincinnati Reds, started holding spring training in 1870 in Cincinnati, OH. Several other teams followed their lead and held spring training in their home cities. The Chicago White Stockings (now the Cubs) were the first team to hold spring training outside of their home city when they traveled to Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1886.
The Boston Americans (now the Red Sox) were the first team to hold spring training in Florida when they traveled to Jacksonville, Florida in 1888. The New York Giants were the first team to hold spring training in Arizona when they trained in Phoenix, Arizona in 1947.
The Yankees have been holding spring training in Florida since 1916 when they trained in Tampa, Florida. In 1925, they moved their spring training operations to St. Petersburg, Florida where they trained until 1961. They then moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for one year before moving back to St. Petersburg, where they have trained ever since.
The Modern Era
marked by more games, more fans, and an increased commercialization of the sport. In the 1950s, big league clubs began playing more than ten exhibition games each spring. The number of teams training in Florida also ballooned during this time, growing from six in 1950 to eighteen by 1960. The increase in both the length and popularity of spring training resulted in a boom for the local economies of Arizona and Florida.
When Does Spring Training Start for the Yankees?
The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the Bronx, New York City, that competes in Major League Baseball (MLB). They are one of the American League’s (AL) eight charter teams. The franchise began play in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles (not to be confused with the modern Baltimore Orioles).
Pitchers and Catchers
Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first, followed by the rest of the team a few days later. The first official spring training game is usually played about a week after pitchers and catchers report.
The Full Squad
The Yankees’ full squad reports to spring training on February 12, 2020. Pitchers and catchers report on February 10, 2020.
In conclusion, spring training for the Yankees will start on February 22nd and end on March 26th. The first game of the season is on March 28th against the Toronto Blue Jays.