Yankees Spring Training Guide: Who, What, Where, and When
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As the Yankees gear up for their spring training stint, they’ll be bringing along some of baseball’s most formidable offensive talents in Aaron Judge and Juan Soto, alongside the reigning American League Cy Young Award recipient, Gerrit Cole. However, following a lackluster 2023 season marred by injuries that resulted in just 82 wins, the team faces a considerable amount of pressure to demonstrate their capabilities and bounce back strongly.
Manager Aaron Boone remarked that this time of year typically stirs up excitement for the upcoming season, with hope abounding. He expressed the team’s enthusiasm for getting started and getting into the swing of things.
As Yankees 2024 spring training approaches rapidly, here are the essential details:
When do Yankees pitchers and catchers kick off their first workout?
They start on Thursday, Feb. 15.
When is the first full-squad workout scheduled?
That’s set for Tuesday, Feb. 20.
Where can you find George M. Steinbrenner Field?
The field, where all the Yankees’ Grapefruit League home games take place, is situated at 1 Steinbrenner Drive in Tampa, Florida.
Are fans allowed to attend these workouts?
Absolutely. Fans can join in at Steinbrenner Field for free admission and parking during the workouts scheduled from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24.
Which fresh faces should fans be familiar with?
The December acquisition of Soto marked the Yankees‘ most notable offseason transaction. Soto, a consistent on-base threat with formidable power, boasts an impressive resume at just 25 years old, having already secured three All-Star nods, a World Series title, a batting crown, and four Silver Slugger awards. His addition is expected to form a potent tandem with Judge at the forefront of the lineup.
Which prospects have earned invitations to the Major League camp?
One player to watch closely this spring is outfielder Spencer Jones. Ranked as the Yankees’ top prospect by MLB Pipeline and listed as the 84th best prospect across MLB, the 22-year-old Jones stands out at 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds. Some scouts draw comparisons between Jones and a young Aaron Judge, highlighting his potential impact.
Joining Jones are other promising prospects such as right-hander Chase Hampton (ranked fourth in the Yankees’ prospect list), catcher/first baseman Ben Rice (ranked 21st), and right-hander Will Warren (ranked eighth), all eager to make their mark.
When is the Yankees’ first Grapefruit League game?
The Yankees kick off their spring exhibition schedule on the road against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., scheduled for February 24th at 1:05 p.m. ET. Their first home game of the spring is a split-squad matchup against the Blue Jays on February 25th at 1:05 p.m. ET.
What are some noteworthy matchups during spring training?
The Yankees have several intriguing games lined up, offering early glimpses of their American League East rivals. They’ll face the Blue Jays (Feb. 25, March 1, March 16), Orioles (March 11), Rays (March 6), and Red Sox (March 13) at home.
Additionally, the Mets will visit Steinbrenner Field on March 22 and March 25, both slated for 1:05 p.m. ET. The Yankees will play the Tigers and Blue Jays five times each, both at home and away.
Night games at Steinbrenner Field add to the excitement, starting with a matchup against the Marlins on Feb. 29 at 6:35 p.m. ET. Other home night games include clashes with the Blue Jays on March 1, Tigers on March 7, and Pirates on March 15 and March 20.
Adding an international flair, the Yankees will participate in two exhibitions in Mexico City on March 24 and 25 against the Diablos Rojos del México at Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium.
What is Spring Breakout, and when does it take place?
Spring Training will undergo a shift this year with the introduction of “Spring Breakout,” a four-day event spotlighting Major League Baseball’s most promising talent and the current stars of Minor League Baseball.
During this event, each Major League club will assemble a team comprising their top 20 to 25 prospects to participate in exhibition games against another club’s top prospects. Additionally, there will be various in-park fan engagement activities focused on showcasing emerging players.
Commissioner Robert D. Manfred stated that Spring Breakout would offer a fresh chance to highlight the emerging talents of baseball as they progress toward the Major Leagues. He mentioned that fans would have special chances to interact with top prospects, obtain autographs, and witness firsthand the future stars of the Major Leagues.
For Yankees fans, March 16 is the date to remember. On that day, a unique doubleheader will unfold at Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees will first face the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. ET, followed by a matchup between the Bombers’ top prospects and Toronto’s top prospects at around 4:05 p.m. ET.
Will the Yankees’ games be broadcast?
All 18 spring home games held at Steinbrenner Field will be aired on the YES App, with 15 of these matchups also broadcasted on the YES Network. However, three games – the Feb. 29 clash against the Marlins, the March 7 showdown with the Tigers, and the March 23 matchup versus the Phillies – will be exclusive to the YES App.
Additionally, WFAN will cover seven games this spring, including the March 15 game against the Pirates, the March 16 face-off with the Blue Jays, the March 20 duel against the Pirates, the March 22 encounter with the Mets, the March 23 bout versus the Phillies, the March 24 away game versus the Pirates, and the March 25 game against the Mets.
When is the Yankees’ final match in Florida?
The Yankees will have a split-squad game against the Mets on March 25th at 1:05 p.m. ET, coinciding with the game against the Diablos Rojos in Mexico City on the same day.
What are the specifics for Opening Day?
The Yankees kick off the regular season on March 28th at Minute Maid Park in Houston, where they’ll take on the Astros at 4:10 p.m. ET.
Following a seven-game road trip against the Astros and Diamondbacks, the Yankees will return to Yankee Stadium for their home opener against the Blue Jays on April 5th at 1:05 p.m. ET.
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