Diamondbacks Set To Start Spring Training Early

February 06, 2014

(Photo courtesy of @Dbacks)
The sun sets at Salt River Fields where the Diamondbacks play for spring training.

The Arizona Diamondbacks report for work early this spring training. While other Major League Baseball players still have more than a week to report to their clubs, Diamondbacks’ pitchers and catchers hit the practice field on Feb. 6. The full squad reports next Tuesday. That is a full week earlier than other Cactus League teams.

The reason for the early arrival is the team’s trip to Sydney, Australia for a two-game regular season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Diamondbacks’ spokesman, Josh Rawich said the international trip should not be a problem for players and crew.

“We land in Sydney on Tuesday morning, and then we don’t play until Friday. So, a lot of it will come down to, we’ll have a few days to get ourselves acclimated, both to the venue, and to the time change," said Rawich. "And honestly, it’s pretty similar to a regular road trip.”

The Diamondbacks will play the Australian national team before officially opening the 20-14 season against the Dodgers on March 22 and 23. Australia is a buzz about the games and is transforming the historic Sydney Cricket Ground to accommodate America’s pastime.