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Spring training attendance grows

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Major League Baseball says spring training games drew a record average of 8,078 fans, up 7.3 percent from last year’s 7,527. The previous mark of 7,793 had been set in 2008. Overall attendance for 447 dates was 3,610,738, baseball’s fifth-highest total, the commissioner’s office said Tuesday. The Chicago Cubs drew 213,815 fans and an average… Read More →

Spring Training means big business

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In 2012, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, Cactus League Association, and a coalition of municipalities that host the Cactus League funded two different studies, conducted by Elliott D. Pollack & Co. and FMR Associates of Tucson, to examine the economic impact of the Arizona Cactus League. The… Read More →

Scottsdale Promotes Spring Training in Denver, S.F.

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February 19, 2014 by in Featured | Play Ball | Tourism

Spring training is a short countdown away, and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is reminding Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants fans that Scottsdale is the place to be for baseball and sunshine. The bureau unveiled exterior and interior ad placements on the Denver Light Rail on Dec. 30 to promote Scottsdale’s spring training… Read More →

The Chicago Cubs' Hope Continues

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March 21, 2012 by in Play Ball

The Chicago Cubs aren’t called “The Lovable Losers” for nothing. However, when it comes to spring training, they’re one of the biggest draws in the Cactus League. Even with their 103-year World Series drought, they continually sell out their games and have set attendance records at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa for years. With a new… Read More →

San Francisco Giants: A Giant History

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March 14, 2012 by in Play Ball

Originally known as the New York Gothams, the San Francisco Giants is one of the oldest baseball teams in the history of America. Their first season, where they finished two games behind Chicago, still drew a spectacular beginning of a long history for the team with 76 victories.  That was in 1885, and nearly 40… Read More →

The New York Giants: The Giant's History

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March 7, 2012 by in Play Ball

Credited with introducing the city of New York to football, the New York Giants have a history that is nearly as big as the team’s name. Wellington Mara, at only the age of 14, along with his 21-year old brother Jack, took ownership of the five-year-old team in 1930 only to become the world’s youngest… Read More →

Cincinnati Reds: The History

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February 29, 2012 by in Play Ball

The Cincinnati Reds have a long and fruitful history, beginning with the accomplishment of being the first all-professional nine in 1869. In that same year, the Cincinnati Reds also finished the season with a perfect 57-0 record. The winning streak, however, ended in June 1870, where they lost their 82nd game to the Brooklyn Atlantics.… Read More →

Albert Pujols Adds Extra Excitement To Tempe Spring Training

February 27, 2012 by in Play Ball

Beautiful weather, sunny skies, hotdogs, beer, and now, Albert Pujols, one of the most prolific players in the MLB over the last decade will be apart of Arizona’s Spring Training season. Three-time MVP, and reigning World Series champion as part of the St. Louis Cardinals last season, Pujols signed a new contract with the Anaheim… Read More →

Two-Time Defending AL Champs Texas Rangers Ready For Spring Training

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February 23, 2012 by in Play Ball

If there’s one team that can’t wait for the start of spring training, it’s the Texas Rangers. The last time the Texas Rangers took the field, it was Game 7 of the 2011 World Series – a series the Texas Rangers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to three. In fact, the Rangers… Read More →

Cactus League 2012 Spring Training Schedule

2012 Spring Training Schedule
January 19, 2012 by in Play Ball

The tentative Cactus League 2012 Spring Training schedule for March is out! Download a printer friendly version here. Cactus League 2012 Spring Training Schedule   Key: AZ – Arizona Diamondbacks CWS – Chicago Red Sox OAK – Oakland A’s CHI – Chicago Cubs KC – Kansas City Royals SD – San Diego Padres CIN –… Read More →

Play Ball 2014 ~ Digital Issue

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January 13, 2012 by in Play Ball

Play Ball is the complete guide to Arizona Spring Training, and it has finally arrived! Complete with stadium information, the 2014 Cactus League schedule, the Cactus League stadium map, you’ll be more than prepared for the upcoming Spring Training season. Through the Play Ball pages, read the storied history of the 15 teams that call… Read More →