D-backs Fan Guide to Spring Training
Pitchers and catchers will begin trickling into camp in Tucson on Friday with the first workout taking place Saturday morning.
With that in mind I thought it would be a good time to try and give you a (hopefully) handy guide for the next six weeks:
— This blog should be pretty active with daily posts, so be sure to check back for updates on the information below. Also follow me on Twitter to make sure you get up to the minute news.
— First full-squad workout will be Feb. 24. Position players will generally begin filtering into camp earlier than that, but they can’t participate in club organized workouts.
— I don’t have specific workout times yet, but each day will try and tweet them each morning. Generally speaking, though, they usually are over at the Kino Sports Complex (across the street from Tucson Electric Park) by 10 a.m. and usually get off the field any time after 12:30 p.m.
— Keep in mind that until position players report, a lot of the activity (i.e. pitcher’s throwing bullpen sessions) will happen on the back part of the complex which is not open to the public. Pitcher fielding practice and bunting drills, however, usually occur on the front fields where the public is welcome.
— Admission to the workouts is free and it’s the best time to see players up close.
— Questions about TEP? Look here for information.
— A look at some questions that must be answered during the spring.
— The Cactus League opener is March 4 against the Rockies at TEP.
— The first time the D-backs will be in the Valley is March 5, when they play in Mesa against the Cubs.
— Here’s a link to the full Spring Training schedule. It’s also where you can purchase tickets (click the “t” in the box of the day you would like.
— Question for an upcoming mailbag? Email me. Remember to include your first name and first initial of your last name along with your hometown.
— Here are some dates to remember:
March 2-11 — Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players (this refers to players on the 40-man roster that have less than three years service time and are not eligible for salary arbitration. Among those are Mark Reynolds and Justin Upton).
March 17 — Last day a player can be placed on unconditional release waivers and only give him 30 days termination pay rather than 45.
March 31 — Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers without having to pay his full 2010 salary.
April 5 — Opening Day against the Padres at Chase Field.