Baseball is back. Yes, you read that right, Spring Training is officially underway. Pitchers and catcher reported to camp on February 17th while position players must report no later than February 22nd.
Exhibition games start on February 28th and run all the way until March 29th, three days before Opening Day. Fans will in fact be allowed to attend games, but similar to other leagues, it will be at a limited capacity. However, it’s still a good sign that fans may be allowed to attend games during the regular season.
There will be some familiar faces in new places this spring though. For instance, Francisco Lindor will be heading into his first season with the Mets after spending the past six years with Cleveland. Heading to the Midwest, Nolan Arenado will report to the Cardinals camp instead of the Rockies where he was traded to earlier this month. Lastly, Trevor Bauer will now rep the blue and white of Los Angeles after signing a mega contract.
On the other hand, some players will be returning back to their previous teams this spring. Guys like DJ LeMahieu, J.T. Realmuto, and Justin Turner all signed new contracts with the team they played on during the 2020 season.
It’s still too early to tell which moves will pay off and which ones won’t. We’re still over a month away from Opening Day, but at least we can rejoice that baseball, America’s pastime is back.