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Sports Scores - Baseball, Major League Spring Training

Many major league baseball teams find Florida’s spring weather ideal for their preseason warm-ups. The training regimen includes a number of exhibition games in March that allow the teams a chance to limber up and practice under realistic conditions. They also give fans a chance to look over their favorite team’s form and check out new players before the official season begins.

I have listed here the teams that have spring training camps within striking distance of Orlando, bearing in mind that a true fan’s definition of “striking distance” could mean 100 miles. The closest teams to Orlando are the Braves (at Disney) and the Astros (in Kissimmee). The prices listed below are for the 2006 season.

I can’t claim to have visited all of these parks, but I’ve been to a bunch. My favorites are the Astros field, for its intimacy, and the Phillies park in Clearwater, which is a model for what a modern small-scale baseball stadium should be.

Atlanta Braves
Cracker Jack Stadium
Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex
Lake Buena Vista 32830
(407) 939-4263
Location: West of I-4 in the Disney complex
Ticket Prices: $14 to $22.50

Cincinnati Reds
Ed Smith Stadium
2700 12th Street, Sarasota 34237
(941) 954-4464
Location: I-75 Exit 210, west to Tuttle Avenue, right on Tuttle to ballpark
Ticket Prices: $5 to $14

Cleveland Indians
Chain O’ Lakes Park
500 Cletus Allen Drive, Winter Haven 33880
(863) 293-3900
Location: Near the intersection of US 17 and Cypress Gardens Boulevard (look for the big orange dome)
Ticket Prices: $5 to $21

Detroit Tigers
Joker Marchant Stadium
2301 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland 33805
(813) 287-8844
Location: South of I-4 Exit 33 about 3 miles
Ticket Prices: $7 to $18

Florida Marlins / St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium
4751 Main Street, Jupiter 33458
(561) 775-1818
Location: I-95 Exit 83, then 1 mile east to South Central Boulevard; follow traffic circle to Main Street; stadium is straight ahead
Ticket Prices: $6 to $23

Houston Astros
Osceola County Stadium
1000 Bill Beck Boulevard, Kissimmee 34744
(321) 697-3200
Location: Off US 192, just east of Kissimmee
Ticket Prices: $15 to $18

Los Angeles Dodgers
Holman Stadium (Dodgertown)
4101 26th Street, Vero Beach 32960
(772) 569-6858
Location: Take SR 60 East from I-95, turn left on 43rd Avenue, then right on 26th Street
Ticket Prices: $15

New York Yankees
Legends Field
1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa 33614
(813) 879-2244
Location: I-4 to I-275 Exit 41, Dale Mabry North
Ticket Prices: $14 to $18

Philadelphia Phillies
Bright House Networks Field
601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater 33765
(727) 442-8496
Location: US 19 to Drew Street (SR 590); west on Drew to stadium
Ticket Prices: $9 to $25

Pittsburgh Pirates
McKechnie Field
1611 9th Street West, Bradenton 34205
(941) 748-4610
Location: I-75 Exit 220, then west on SR 64, left on 9th Street West
Ticket Prices: $6 to $11

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Progress Energy Park
230 First Street South, St. Petersburg 33701
(727) 825-3250
www.devilrays.com
Location: I-275 to I-175 (Exit 22), I-175 turns into Fifth Avenue South, left at First Street South
Ticket Prices: $7 to $19

Toronto Blue Jays
Dunedin Stadium at Grant Field
373 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin 34698
(727) 733-0429
Location: From US 19, west on Sunset Point Road, right on Douglas Avenue
Ticket Prices: $13 to $24

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