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Florida vs. Arizona

Mar 16, 2010, 2:17 PM EST

The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner runs down the differences between spring training in Florida vs. spring training in Arizona. He focuses on how as of next year every Cactus League team will play in the greater Phoenix area and how everything in Florida is spaced out. He could have added that the weather, generally speaking, is better in Arizona too (though in my spring training week there were the same number of washed out days — one — in both Florida and Arizona).

Personally I didn’t mind Florida’s spring training geography, but I’m something of a road trip freak who appreciates long drives on two lane roads, Waffle Houses, and cheesy tourist traps more than most people do.  Anyone looking for the most baseball bang for their buck, however, would probably do better to hit Arizona for a week than the Sunshine State.

Next year I’ll probably do Arizona just to see what that’s like, but like most things in life, I’m glad there is some diversity in spring training sites. If for no other reason than it gives us something to argue about.

  1. Jonny5 - Mar 16, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Tigers Vs. Phillies. Tigers using a DH, Philly isn’t. Kinda cool. Al sissy pitchers ;>P

  2. N - Mar 16, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    I did spot a Waffle House when I was in Phoenix. And definitely some tourist traps. But it’s a lot more highway/suburban driving and not two the two lane roads.

  3. J. McCann - Mar 16, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Just like the DH, I love having the choice, and I’ll bet the teams do too.
    Florida is much more accessible for East Coast folks (and they get to visit their retired parents and grandparents.) Plus MLB must love playing the 2 states off each other to get free stadiums and whatnot.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    For me, the nicest thing about Arizona is how, once the “dry heat” has turned their skin to shoeleather by 35 or so and made the purchase of expensive cosmetics and beauty treatments irrelevant, women are so much lower maintenance out there.
    .
    Otherwise, I happily trade their dust storms for my hurricanes, and their lethal scorpions for my merely inconvenient ones (we’re about even in rattlesnakes). The one thing I would do different here in Macondo: open a Lerua’s so I don’t have to fly for five hours to get a decent green corn tamale.

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