Gear up for the new MLB season, watch your team's newest players in action, and enjoy the sunshine with 2017 MLB Spring Training Tickets on StubHub! Spring training is always an exciting time of year, coinciding with the sunshine and marking the beginning of a new MLB season. While the exhibition matches don't officially enter the record books, there is always a buzz around the stadiums during 2017 MLB Spring Training Competitions. Starting in mid-February and continuing until the opening day of the new season, Spring Training is the ideal place to get ready for an exciting season ahead.
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2017 MLB Spring Training History
Spring Training has been part of professional baseball since the 1890s and has been used by all major league teams since 1910. Originally devised by Chicago White Stockings (today known as Chicago Cubs) president, Albert Spalding, Spring Training was first played in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Called the "birthplace of Spring Training", Hot Springs was the location for the Chicago White Stockings preparation for the 1886 season. The training led to a very successful season for the White Stockings and other professional baseball teams took notice. This led to numerous teams running their pre-season preparation in Hot Springs including the Boston Red Sox, Detriot Tigers, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and others. The influx of teams heading to Arkansas for pre-season training led to the construction of three purpose-built stadiums; Majestic Park, Ban Johnson Park, and Fogel Field.
Spring Training has been responsible for uncovering some of the greatest talents in baseball with none more notable than Babe Ruth. The young pitcher was selected to play an emergency game for the Boston Red Sox in Hot Springs on St. Patrick's Day 1918 and hit two home runs. More than 140 MLB Hall of Famers has participated in Spring Training including Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Jimmie Foxx, and Mel Ott. Today, Spring Training is held exclusively in Florida and Arizona, with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs among the first teams to move south when they played games in Florida in 1913.
2017 MLB Spring Training Records
While there are statistics and records taken down during Spring Training, they aren't officially part of the regular season figures. For instance, in 2000, the Boston Red Sox recorded a perfect 5-0 game of the Toronto Blue Jays using six pitchers. This would be a major achievement during the regular season but attracts few headlines in Spring Training. Generally, records and statistics in Spring Training are used to assaign roles for players during the regular MLB season.