Author’s Spring Training Blog

Goodbye spring training, hello Opening Day

As great as spring training is, Opening Day is always better. The Washington Post asked me to write about the end of spring training, and why even the biggest fan of spring trraining much prefers Opening Day. The article appears today in the Sunday Outlook section. Read it here.

Spring Training’s favorite bar

Roger Angell of The New Yorker calls it the best baseball bar in America. No spring training trip is complete without a visit to Scottsdale, and no trip to Scottsdale is complete without a visit to The Pink Pony. It’s the subject of my final blog entry for Read it here.

Guest column in Vero Beach Press Journal

The Vero Beach Press Journal and the Scripps Treasure Coast newspapers invited me to share my thoughts on the city attracting a new team to replace the Dodgers. Read the column here.

Book excerpt in National Review

National Review Online, the website of the National Review, published an article today adapted from Chapter 6 of the book. It deals with the the legislation passed in Florida and Arizona providing state money for the construction and upgrade of spring training facilities. Read it here.
Goodyear’s new ballpark waits for its neighborhood
The Cleveland Indians new spring training stadium and player-development complex in Goodyear, Arizona is the first piece of what is planned as a new city center for the west Phoenix suburb. I’ve written about the ballpark and the plans for the new city around it in my posting today at Read it here.

Spring training’s green holiday

Spring training starts around President’s Day and ends around Easter; but St. Patrick’s Day is baseball’s big spring holiday. It’s what I write about today at

Newspaper datelines

For nearly a century, spring training cities have seen newspaper datelines as money in the bank. For newspaper readers, meanwhile, they have meant a connection with the warmth of distant cities. It’s the subject of my final blog entry at Powell’s Books. Read it here.

The best spring training site

A reporter asked me yesterday, which spring training site did I like the best? So I wrote about it for my posting today at Powell’s Books. Read my thoughts here at

Glendale complex absolutely spectacular

I got the chance to see the new complex being shared by the Dodgers and White Sox in Glendale, Arizona last week. Owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Frank McCourt promised the finest spring training facility ever built and they just may have delivered. Read about it here at

Spring training business is down

The two newest spring training complexes in Glendale and Goodyear, Arizona are as spectacular as their builders promised they would be. But the economy is hurting spring training business this spring, and I write about that in today’s posting at Powell’s Books. Read the article here.

Cactus League’s beginnings

In addition to my postings for, I will be contributing this week to the Author’s Blog at Powell’s Books. I write first about the Cactus League’s two beginnings, taken mostly from a talk I gave last week at Arizona State University. Read the posting here at Powell’s Books.

Caught between the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues

I got stranded in Florida yesterday because of a flight cancellation and spent the waiting time ruminating on the differences between spring training in Florida and Arizona. Read the posting here at

Governor’s baseball dinner evokes St. Petersburg’s glorious spring training history


It was an evening of great optimism and celebration as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist marked the start of Grapefruit League games with the governor’s baseball dinner on Tuesday evening. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1920s and it was fittingly held in St. Petersburg, the most historic of all spring training cities. Read the posting here at

Dodgertown sits eerily quiet

Throughout spring training I will be writing a blog for, the website ofThe Boston Globe. My first posting is on the empty fields at Dodgertown. Read the article here.
Published on January 24, 2009 at 3:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

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