Florida is still the Spring Training home for 15 Major League teams despite the continued movement of clubs westward toward Arizona and the Cactus League.
Among the Florida Spring Training teams are the following National League clubs: Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals.
American League teams who make their spring home in Florida include: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays.
Here are some details about each club’s spring digs in the Grapefruit League.
The Atlanta Braves hold their Spring Training at CoolToday Park, which is located in Venice, Florida. The Braves have been camping there since 2019, when the park opened.
The Orioles do their Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium, in Sarasota, Florida. Though the stadium was built in 1989, the team has only been training there since 2010.
Since 2012, the Boston Red Sox have held their Spring Training games at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.
The Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium serves as the Spring Training venue for the Detroit Tigers. It’s a longtime engagement, too, as the Bengals have occupied the stadium in Lakeland since it opened back in 1966.
The FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches provides a training base for the Houston Astros during spring. The team has been training at the West Palm Beach facility since 2017.
The Marlins use Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, for their spring baseball training activities. Florida (the team), as occupied the stadium each spring since 2003.
Hammond Stadium at Century Link Sports Complex has been the Spring Training stomping grounds for the Minnesota Twins since 1991. The stadium is located in Fort Myers.
New York Mets
The Mets play their Grapefruit League games at Clover Park each spring. The team has been training there in Port St. Lucie since the park opened in 1988.
New York Yankees
Not surprisingly, the New York Yankees hold spring games at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Named for their bombastic former owner, the venue opened in 1996, while the The Boss was still alive.
The BayCare Ballpark, which was renamed “Spectrum Field” in 2017, is the official Spring Training venue for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phils have trained at the Clearwater-based facility since 2004.
The Pittsburgh Pirates hold their spring activities at LECOM Park, located in Bradenton, FL. The Pirates have used this facility as their Spring Training base since 1969.
St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, which is found in Jupiter, Florida, serves the St. Louis Cardinals as their Spring Training ground. The Cardinals have called the stadium their spring home since 1998.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays play their Spring Training games at the Charlotte Sports Park. The team moved to the facility, located in Port Charlotte, in 2009.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays use the Dunedin Stadium for their training activities during spring. The team has been training at the facility (in Dunedin, Florida), since their very first Spring Training in 1977.
The FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida, is the official Spring Training venue for Washington Nationals. The Nationals have been using this facility since 2017.
Though half of Major League Baseball’s thirty franchises now hold their Spring Training camps in Arizona, that still leaves 15 clubs to make up the Grapefruit League each season.
Those teams — eight from the American League and seven from the National League — maintain a strong tradition of spring Florida baseball, dating all the way back to the end of the 19th century.
So, though players and teams may come and go, and though the game may change, one thing is certain — when the snow flies up north in February, you always know where to find the boys of summer.
They’ll be heading to Florida for another Spring Training.