Every MLB Team's Biggest Spring Training Attraction
There are a number of reasons to get excited about spring training. Baseball is back once it starts and every team has a fresh start.
Spring training provides the first chance for fans to catch a glimpse of the new players that they have brought in. Top prospects are often given a chance to play at least a few games with the team's current stars.
Some of the team's spring training locations are also attractions themselves.
The atmosphere at spring training games is great and it makes watching the games and the players even more enjoyable.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Trevor Bauer
Trevor Bauer will be pitching in Arizona even before he joins the Arizona Diamondbacks' starting rotation. Bauer should find his way to the majors in 2012.
He was the third overall pick in last year's draft and he appears to look like he will develop into a very exciting pitcher. Bauer reached Double-A after just three starts in High-A last season.
Atlanta Braves: Julio Teheran
Many Atlanta Braves fans got their first glimpse of Julio Teheran during his brief stints in the major leagues last year. His starts left something to be desired.
Spring training will provide another chance to get a look at Teheran. He will be fighting for a spot in the Braves' rotation so it will be interesting to see how he performs.
Baltimore Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen
The Baltimore Orioles spent $11.3 million on Wei-Yin Chen in the hopes that he will help improve their starting rotation. Orioles fans will certainly be interested to see him pitch for the first time in spring training.
Chen went 8-10 with a 2.68 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 164.2 innings for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan last season.
Boston Red Sox: Bobby Valentine
After their collapse last season the Boston Red Sox made a number of changes this winter. One of them was bringing in Bobby Valentine as their manager.
Valentine is known to not only be an outstanding manager, but he is also known for having an outstanding personality. He should have some fun during spring training.
Chicago Cubs: HoHoKam Park Tailgating
Those that thought that tailgating was just for football games, have never attended a spring training game at HoHoKam Park.
Fans are out tailgating before the Chicago Cubs spring training games there. It is certainly an experience to partake in.
Chicago White Sox: Nestor Molina and Simon Castro
The Chicago White Sox did not have a very deep farm system entering this offseason. They made a few moves and added some young players that are near the top of their prospect list.
Nestor Molina and Simon Castro could eventually be two of the starting pitchers in the White Sox's rotation. White Sox fans have yet to see them pitch while wearing the team's uniform.
Cincinnati Reds: Mat Latos
The Cincinnati Reds made a big move this winter in the hopes of improving their playoff chances. They traded away a number of prospects, including Yonder Alonso, to bring in Mat Latos.
Reds' fans are anxious to see Latos pitch for them. Spring training will provide them with their first chance to see if he can live up to the big package that he was traded for.
Cleveland Indians: Goodyear Ballpark
Goodyear Ballpark is one of the newest stadiums in the Cactus League. The first game was played there in 2009.
The ballpark has a very contemporary design and there is a lot of art outside the stadium. One of the more interesting things about the stadium is that some fans can see planes from the Phoenix Goodyear Airport from their seats.
Colorado Rockies: Jamie Moyer
In most people's life there becomes a point at which they feel that they are too old to do something that they have enjoyed for a large part of their lives.
Jamie Moyer serves as an inspiration to people like this. He is 49 years old and he signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies in the hopes that he could make their major league rotation.
Detroit Tigers: Prince Fielder
None of the early discussions about Prince Fielder really listed the Detroit Tigers as a legitimate landing spot for Prince Fielder.
That all changed once Victor Martinez tore his ACL.
The Tigers came out of nowhere and signed Fielder. He will be a big part of the Tigers' future and spring training is the start of what many hope is a new era of Tigers' baseball.
Houston Astros: All of the Prospects
The 2012 season will likely be a very long season for the Houston Astros. They do not have a very good team and they will struggle during the year.
A lot of young players will have a chance to win spots on the Astros team during spring training. Some of these players could play a solid part in the Astros future.
Kansas City Royals: The Budding Young Stars
Over the past few seasons, the Kansas City Royals have had one of the best farm systems in baseball. A number of those players have graduated and reached the major leagues.
The Royals now have a number of budding young stars on their roster. Players like Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler are fun to watch.
Los Angeles Angels: Albert Pujols
Mike Trout may be considered the best prospect in baseball by some. But he will be overshadowed at the Los Angeles Angels spring training this season by a player that the team just brought in.
Albert Pujols is a once in a generation talent and the Angels are very happy that they were able to bring him in. Pujols will draw a ton of attention this year during spring training with his new team.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw
There is no denying the fact that Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw are two of the best players in the major leagues right now.
Watching them produce against some of the talent that is at spring training should be fun for Dodgers' fans. Kemp might hit some long home runs and Kershaw could cause a number of young hitters' knees to buckle.
Miami Marlins: Jose Reyes
There is a different feeling in Miami this season as the Marlins get ready to move into their new ballpark. The team went all out this offseason and the new-look Marlins should be in for an exciting year.
Signing Jose Reyes was the biggest splash that the Marlins made this winter. This spring could be the start of a playoff year for the Marlins.
Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun
The Milwaukee Brewers and Ryan Braun do not yet know that status of his appeal of the positive drug test that has been hanging over his head for most of the winter.
Even if Braun's appeal is turned down he will be able to participate in spring training. Brewers' fans should take this chance to see him play when they can since he will likely miss the first 50 games of the season.
Minnesota Twins: Hammond Stadium
Many Minnesota Twins fans that are wishing for a good season take the time to stop at the waterfall outside of Hammond Stadium before they enter to watch a spring training game. People will throw coins into the water and make a wish.
The facade of the stadium is also very impressive. Some have noted that it has a bit of a resemblance to Churchill Downs.
New York Mets: Johan Santana
The New York Mets may not have made any big moves in the free agent or trade markets this winter, but they will have one player that will help them a lot in 2012 that they did not have in 2011.
Johan Santana will likely pitch in spring training for the Mets this year. Fans will certainly be excited to see him back on the mound once again.
New York Yankees: Michael Pineda
Acquiring Michael Pineda instantly improved the New York Yankees' starting rotation. This will be Pineda's second season in the majors so he should continue to get better as the season goes on.
It will be exciting to see Pineda pitching his first game in pinstripes, even if it is just a spring training game.
Oakland Athletics: Yoenis Cespedes
There will be a number of new faces at the Oakland Athletics' spring training Complex this winter after all of the trades that they made.
However, the biggest reason to see them is because of Yoenis Cespedes.
Cespedes was a star in the Cuban League and the Athletics surprised almost everyone by signing him. People are wondering at what level Cespedes will be able to produce during his first year in the majors and spring training should allow people to paint a better picture of their expectations for Cespedes.
Philadelphia Phillies: Bright House Field
Bright House Field has been considered to be one of the best stadiums in the Grapefruit League since it opened in 2004.
One of the highlights of Bright House Field is the Tiki Bar that is in left field. It is certainly one of the more unique places to watch a baseball game from.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Gerrit Cole
The Pittsburgh Pirates held the first overall pick in last year's MLB Draft and they selected former UCLA star Gerrit Cole. There is certainly a lot of hype surrounding Cole.
Pittsburgh has decided to invite Cole to their major league spring training this year. Watching Cole face off against big league stars should be fun to watch.
San Diego Padres: The Food at Peoria Sports Complex
While a hot dog, soda and Cracker Jacks may be classic ballpark treat, there are some fans that are looking for something more interesting when they are at a baseball game.
Peoria Sports Complex delivers on that wish. Fans will have no problem finding burritos, fish tacos, barbecue ribs, stir fry or even a PB & J at this park.
San Francisco Giants: Gary Brown
Gary Brown had an absolutely outstanding season in High-A ball last season and he is now considered to be one of the San Francisco Giants' top prospects.
His strong year last season has earned him an invite to the Giants' major league spring training. Brown will not make the team out of spring training, but it will be fun to see what he can do against better competition.
Seattle Mariners: Jesus Montero
When they traded Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees, the Seattle Mariners received one of the top prospects in baseball in return.
Jesus Montero did a great job during his short stint in the majors last season and now Mariners fans are looking forward to seeing what he can do while wearing a Mariners uniform.
St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright
Before the 2011 season began people thought that the St. Louis Cardinals might be in some trouble after they lost Adam Wainwright before the season even started.
With Albert Pujols gone, the Cardinals will need Wainwright more than ever. Almost everyone is hoping that Wainwright can return to the level of performance that he had before he got hurt.
Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Moore
Matt Moore's outstanding performances last season have generated even more buzz about him. He will be the most watch player at the Tampa Bay Rays' spring training complex this year.
Moore is one of the favorites to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2012 and people are expecting him to start off the year on the right foot.
Texas Rangers: Yu Darvish
There is always a bit of extra intrigue surrounding international players. Many have performed well in the leagues that they were in, but there is always the question of how they will adjust to the MLB.
Yu Darvish is one of the best players to come to the United States from Japan. His game should translate to the majors and spring training will begin to show how he will be able to handle big league hitters.
Toronto Blue Jays: The Weather
The average high in Toronto in March is 37 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile the average low in Dunedin, Florida is 57 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are a number of players for Toronto Blue Jays fans to get excited about in their farm system, but Jays fans coming from up north will certainly be happy to get out of the cold.
Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper
Washington Nationals fans are not the only ones that are excited about Bryce Harper. It would be hard to find a baseball fan that does not see the incredibly hyped up teenager play.
There is a chance that Harper makes the Nationals' Opening Day roster depending on how he plays during spring training.