March 7, 2010 |
Sweeping in a windfall of more than $300 million annually, Cactus League baseball, including revenue generated by the Dodgers and Angels spring training facilities, may be the biggest reason March is the most popular month to visit Arizona. That's not lost on area hotels and resorts, which are offering a plethora of spring training specials. The Wigwam Resort, at 300 Wigwam Blvd., has been in its same location for more than 75 years. The soaring and stately palm trees are testament to the resort's history, and the serene surroundings are reminiscent of what resort properties were before their own popularity turned many of them into 24-hour party palaces.
February 18, 2012 |
The sunshine is plentiful. The smiles are genuine. The beers are cold. Ah, spring training, where the losses don't count and hope runneth over. As the Angels enjoy their first six weeks of the Albert Pujols era, and as the Dodgers count down the final six weeks until owner Frank McCourt selects his successor, here are other places of interest around the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues: JUPITER, FLA. — The St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins train here, but the team generating all the excitement is not the team that won the World Series last fall.
February 14, 2009 |
Staff writer Mike DiGiovanna takes a look at the Angels heading into spring training: Who's new: OF Bobby Abreu, LHP Brian Fuentes. Who's gone: 1B Mark Teixeira, P Francisco Rodriguez, LF Garret Anderson, P Jon Garland. Biggest question: Is first baseman Kendry Morales ready to be a starter in the big leagues? The Angels traded Casey Kotchman to Atlanta for free-agent-to-be Mark Teixeira last July knowing they had Morales as a fallback should Teixeira not re-sign.
March 15, 2011 |
Reporting from Phoenix ? Clayton Kershaw , who is scheduled to be the Dodgers' starter on opening day of the regular season, arrived at Camelback Ranch Tuesday for his fourth start of the spring having not given up an earned run in his previous 11 1/3 innings. Then he ran into the Texas Rangers. The defending American League champions roughed up Kershaw for 11 hits and six runs ? five earned ? in 5 2/3 innings before Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly lifted the 23-year-old left-hander.
February 18, 2012 |
Sometime soon, Phil Niekro plans to make his way from his home outside Atlanta to the Braves' spring-training site near Orlando, Florida, where he'll watch a little baseball, play a lot of golf and, as he does every year, throw some batting practice. Niekro is 72, but he can still lob it in there. Besides, age doesn't really matter since anybody who has ever picked up a baseball feels young again when spring training rolls around. Even a man who reported to his first camp more than half a century ago. "I think everyone enjoys spring training," the Hall of Fame member said.
April 5, 1986
For several years now, your paper has given scant coverage of preseason baseball. Meanwhile, it appears you have to fill space by playing up women's basketball, the senior golf tour and other events that must appeal to a small minority of readers. If you feel the preseason activities of a sport is not worthy of coverage, why cover the Lakers' 82-game preseason? Spring training is a time for romance, intrigue and fun. Finding out whether a Greg Brock can hold off the challenge of a Franklin Stubbs or if a Rick Burleson can come back after a two-year layoff has the makings of interesting, exciting journalism.