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MLB Spring Training: 2024 dates, schedule, format, how to watch

The 2024 MLB season is just around the corner, which means it is time for Spring Training.

Spring Training is the month before the regular season when teams travel to either Florida or Arizona to practice and build chemistry.

The games will feature a mix of MLB players and Minor League prospects looking to make the team. However, there are some changes to this year’s Spring Training, so let’s take a look at the history, schedule, and new additions of Spring Training in 2024.

MLB Spring Training 2024 schedule

Spring Training games officially begin on February 22, 2024, as the Los Angeles Dodgers face the San Diego Padres in the first game of the year. 

All 30 MLB teams will then take the field on Feb. 24, before the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues continue over the next month, with the final day of Spring Training on March 26. 

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will face off in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in games on March 9 and 10. The Dodgers and Padres will also travel to Seoul, South Korea, on March 20 for a two-game set that will count toward both team's regular season records. 

See below for all the key dates you need to know during 2024 Spring Training. 

Cactus League startsFeb. 22
Grapefruit League startsFeb. 23
Dominican Republic SeriesMarch 9-10
Seoul SeriesMarch 20-21
Exhibition at MLB ballparksMarch 24-26
Spring training endsMarch 26
Opening DayMarch 28

TV channel, streaming and how to watch MLB Spring Training

Traditional Cable/Satellite TV:

  • Regional Sports Networks (RSNs): These channels broadcast games for teams in your local market. However, not all Spring Training games are aired on RSNs, and blackouts may apply.
  • MLB Network: This channel shows a selection of Spring Training games throughout the day, but some games may be blacked out depending on your location.

Streaming Services:

  • MLB.TV: This subscription service offers live broadcasts of every Spring Training game, without blackouts. You can subscribe to MLB.TV directly or through some streaming services like Amazon Prime Video (with an add-on subscription).
  • Streaming services with RSN packages: Some streaming services like YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV include regional sports networks in their packages, allowing you to watch games from your local teams.
  • ESPN+: Occasionally, ESPN+ streams select Spring Training games, but the availability is limited.

MLB Spring Training 2024 report dates

Spring training report dates indicate the start of the MLB season, when pitchers and catchers and then position players join the team for the preseason.

Pitchers and catchers typically report to Spring Training several days before the rest of the team. 

See below for every MLB team's 2024 report dates for pitchers & catchers and position players. 

TeamPitchers/catchersPosition players
Arizona DiamondbacksFeb. 14Feb. 19
Atlanta BravesFeb. 15Feb. 20
Baltimore OriolesFeb. 15Feb. 20
Boston Red SoxFeb. 14Feb. 19
Chicago CubsFeb. 14Feb. 19
Chicago White SoxFeb. 14Feb. 19
Cincinnati RedsFeb. 14Feb. 19
Cleveland GuardiansFeb. 15Feb. 20
Colorado RockiesFeb. 15Feb. 20
Detroit TigersFeb. 14Feb. 19
Houston AstrosFeb. 14Feb. 19
Kansas City RoyalsFeb. 14Feb. 19
Los Angeles AngelsFeb. 14Feb. 19
Los Angeles DodgersFeb. 9Feb. 14
Miami MarlinsFeb. 15Feb. 20
Milwaukee BrewersFeb. 15Feb. 20
Minnesota TwinsFeb. 14Feb. 18
New York MetsFeb. 14Feb. 19
New York YankeesFeb. 15Feb. 20
Oakland AthleticsFeb. 14Feb. 19
Philadelphia PhilliesFeb. 14Feb. 19
Pittsburgh PiratesFeb. 14Feb. 19
San Diego PadresFeb. 11Feb. 16
San Francisco GiantsFeb. 15Feb. 20
Seattle MarinersFeb. 15Feb. 20
St. Louis CardinalsFeb. 14Feb. 19
Tampa Bay RaysFeb. 14Feb. 19
Texas RangersFeb. 14Feb. 19
Toronto Blue JaysFeb. 15Feb. 20
Washington NationalsFeb. 14Feb. 20

MLB Spring Training leagues

There are two different leagues in Spring Training - the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. The Grapefruit League is located in Florida and the Cactus League in Arizona, with 15 teams in each league. 

Cactus League teams, stadiums

The Cactus League is based in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona, and will include the following teams in 2024. 

Chicago CubsSloan ParkMesa, AZ15,000
Chicago White SoxCamelback Ranch - Hohokam StadiumScottsdale, AZ13,000
Cincinnati RedsGoodyear BallparkGoodyear, AZ10,200
Cleveland GuardiansGoodyear BallparkGoodyear, AZ10,200 
Colorado RockiesSalt River Fields at Talking StickScottsdale, AZ11,000
Kansas City RoyalsSurprise StadiumSurprise, AZ10,000
Los Angeles DodgersCamelback Ranch - Camelback StadiumGlendale, AZ13,000
Los Angeles AngelsTempe Diablo StadiumTempe, AZ9,000
Milwaukee BrewersAmerican Family Fields of PhoenixPhoenix, AZ10,000
Oakland AthleticsHohokam StadiumMesa, AZ12,000
San Diego PadresPeoria Sports ComplexPeoria, AZ10,500
Seattle MarinersPeoria Sports ComplexScottsdale, AZ12,000
Texas RangersSurprise StadiumSurprise, AZ10,000
Arizona DiamondbacksSalt River Fields at Talking StickScottsdale, AZ11,000

Grapefruit League teams, stadiums

The Grapefruit League is based in Florida, and will include the following teams in 2024.

Atlanta BravesCoolToday ParkVenice, FL8,100
Baltimore OriolesEd Smith StadiumSarasota, FL15,000
Boston Red SoxJetBlue ParkFort Myers, FL11,000
Detroit TigersPublix Field at Joker Marchant StadiumLakeland, FL8,500
Houston AstrosBallpark of the Palm BeachesWest Palm Beach, FL16,000
Miami MarlinsRoger Dean StadiumJupiter, FL15,000
Minnesota TwinsHammond StadiumFort Myers, FL7,500
New York MetsClover ParkPort St. Lucie, FL7,161
New York YankeesGeorge M. Steinbrenner FieldTampa, FL6,200
Philadelphia PhilliesBaycare BallparkClearwater, FL8,500
Pittsburgh PiratesLECOM ParkBradenton, FL8,500
St. Louis CardinalsRoger Dean StadiumJupiter, FL15,000
Tampa Bay RaysCharlotte Sports ParkPort Charlotte, FL7,000
Toronto Blue JaysTD BallparkDunedin, FL5,000
Washington NationalsBallpark of the Palm BeachesWest Palm Beach, FL16,000

What is MLB Spring Breakout?

The MLB announced that Spring Training would have a twist in 2024. In addition to the normal month–long schedule of games, the MLB announced there would also be a prospect showcase between March 14-17 called "Spring Breakout". 

The idea behind Spring Breakout is to give each organization's top prospects a chance to compete in the spotlight on the main field instead of the Minor League fields behind the stadium.

Spring Breakout will give fans the chance to see their organization's top prospects first-hand on a big stage. This will create a stronger connection between the fans and the Minor League players while also giving the prospects a larger spotlight to showcase their talents.

MLB Spring Training history

The history of Spring Training dates back to the 1870s. Baseball historians believe that certain teams traveled to New Orleans or Jacksonville for games ahead of the regular season. 

By 1900, it became normal for MLB teams to travel south to play games. Florida and Arizona became the hot spots for the games because of the warm weather and baseball-friendly climate.

Although Spring Training began in the early 1900s, it took about 50 years later for the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues to come to life. 

It was then decided that 15 teams would go to Florida and 15 teams would go to Arizona to give baseball fans around the country the opportunity to see plenty of their favorite players in the same area. 

Fast forward to the present day, and Spring Training has become a staple of the MLB season. 

Fans from the cold states up north look forward to traveling south to watch their favorite team play while also taking a break from the winter weather. 

Spring Training games have a much more relaxed feel compared to a regular season game, and that leads to a fun and exciting atmosphere in Florida and Arizona.

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