New on the site

Check out our year-end pictorial essay on the biggest ballpark stories of 2014 ... Coming soon, a look at all of the changes to HoHoKam Park, which used to be the springtime home of the Cubs, but is now where the A's train.

USA TODAY Spring Training Preview

Now available! Not only will you find profiles of all 30 MLB teams as they enter spring training, there's also the schedule of exhibitions games, early fantasy predictions and best of all, six pages (written by me) on what teams want in their spring-training complex. Buy it on newsstands nationwide or online.

Joe on
the go

On March 3rd, I covered the first A's game in their new spring home in Mesa. The next day was the debut of remodeled Peoria Stadium. I'll soon have pictorial essays on the two. On the 5th, I'll cover an exhibition game in Goodyear, and I'll be in both Surprise and Maryvale on the 6th. Follow me on Twitter to see images from all of these parks ... The morning of the 6th, I'll be presenting a slide show on spring training complexes to the Sun City Grand Sports Interest Group. Details are below ... The parks I've seen in 2015 are listed here.

You're invited

I'm doing a presentation in Arizona on Friday March 6th at 9:30 a.m.. The topic is COMPLEX MATTERS: The Anatomy of a Spring Training Complex. I'll be joined by longtime play-by-play broadcaster Doug Greenwald. Join us: 17100 West Clear View Blvd., Surprise, AZ 85387. The event is hosted by the Sun City Grand Sports Interest Group. Admission is free and it's open to the public.

Big League ballpark notes

Busch Stadium (left) will finally offer Cardinal fans WiFi ... For decades, it was the home of pro baseball, especially in the spring. Now Phoenix Muni is being remodeled to accommodate the new tenants, Arizona State University baseball ... Just in time for the 2015 MLB All Star Game, the Reds are adding a huge new bar at Great American Ball Park ... The Dodgers are taking heat for increasing the cost of parking at Dodger Stadium by 100% ($10 to $20) over the course of two seasons ... Not everyone is in favor of the renovations being made at Wrigley Field ... In an unusual move, MLB awarded the 2016 All Star Game to Petco Park in San Diego, meaning it will be held in NL parks two years in a row ... Major League Baseball is concerned about drones flying over its ballparks ... The Cubs' one-year-old spring-training stadium has a new corporate-sponsorship name: Sloan Park.

SEE ALL 30

In stock: Edition 3 of the Touring The Majors® poster displaying all 30 MLB parks.
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BASEBALL MAP

Find all the parks on this sturdy, laminated map. Only $8.95. Current for 2014
2014 map cover


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