Monday, March 7, 2011

It's Spring Training Time!

Ian Kennedy | AZ Diamondbacks | ©Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

The newest stadium built for MLB spring training is the $100 million Salt River Fields at Talking Stick spring training complex on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, Arizona. The complex is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies, and contains a 11,000-seat stadium, separate clubhouses for each team, and 12 full-size practice fields (six for each team.) Both teams previously conducted spring training in Tucson, Arizona, bringing a total of 15 teams to the Cactus League in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

According to the Arizona Republic, the Cactus League generates more than $300 million a year in economic impact to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area economy. The new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick complex is the latest of eight new stadiums built in the Valley of the Sun over the past 20 years. The Arizona Republic newspaper reports that more than $500 million has been spent on “building eight new stadiums and renovating two others for the 15 teams in the Valley.”

The 15 teams that make up the Cactus League: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.

We pulled these gems from our collection of baseball collectibles and memorabilia.

Joe Morgan | Cincinnati Reds | 1979
Dusty Baker | Dodgers | 1980
Don Sutton | Dodgers | 1981

Ron Washington | Cleveland Indians | 1989
Don Mattingly | Yankees | 1992

Eric Karros | Dodgers | 1992
Joe Girardi | Cubs | 1992
Manny Ramirez | 1992
Mike Scioscia | Dodgers | 1992
Orel Hershiser | Dodgers | 1992
Ozzie Guillen | White Sox | 1992

With this amazing weather that we're having here in Arizona, and games running until March 29th, it just might be a good time to play some hooky!

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