Nine other major league teams, named the Grapefruit League, play their spring games within a two-hour drive of St. Pete/Clearwater. The legendary New York Yankees call Tampa home for the Spring Training season. The Atlanta Braves take the field in North Port, south of Sarasota. Head to Lakeland to see the Detroit Tigers working out, or the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach.
2018 World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox and 1991 champions the Minnesota Twins train in Ft. Myers, while the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates play ball just a short drive south on I-75 in Sarasota and Bradenton.
As for the Tampa Bay Rays? Like so many other Spring Training teams, they head south, too - albeit just 100 miles south to Port Charlotte.
Workouts for all teams begin mid-February and continue until early April, when teams take the field for opening day.
St. Pete/Clearwater Area Spring Training Ticket Information
Philadelphia Phillies, call 727-467-4457 or visit www.phillies.com
Toronto Blue Jays, call 727-733-0429 or visit www.bluejays.com
New York Yankees, call 813-879-2244 or visit www.gmsfield.com
Tampa Bay Rays, call 727-898-RAYS or visit www.mlb.com/rays