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Dodgers, Diamondbacks officially open spring camp

Feb 9, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

The Dodgers and D’Backs have reported to spring training in Arizona one week early to prepare for their season-opening series in Australia. Welcome scenes for those of us still stuck in winter’s grasp:

That season-opening two-game set at the Sydney Cricket Ground begins Saturday, March 22.

The official report dates for all other 28 major league teams can be found at this website.

  1. clydeserra - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Is teh first game going to be blacked out on mlb.tv?

    • paperlions - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      I assume so. I’m pretty sure that Australia is in the territory of every MLB team. If you want to see, you’ll have to buy a ticket and see it in person.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      I’m thinking of purchasing MLB.TV but was wondering if it was worth it as far as quality goes

      • NatsLady - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        Yes, it’s in HD. You can hook it up to a large-screen and it’s excellent. The only problem is it blacks out your local teams, whether they are home or away.

      • detectivejimmymcnulty - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Thanks. I have Roku so HD should be nice.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Yeah. This unfortunate once again. Another year of MLB stealing home games from a market it doesn’t care about by marketing baseball to another country. The Arizona Diamonback fans will lose 3 home games because of this Australia home series.

    • halladaysbiceps - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      I want to add to my comment. I am not adverse to MLB teams playing games in other counties to share baseball. However, do it with exhibition games/spring training games. Don’t do it at the expense of fans of these franchises like the Diamondbacks and Athletics by taking home games away from those fans. No one has ever made a big stink about this. I never have got it.

      • paperlions - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        I agree with you 100%….but MLB isn’t stealing games from teams/fan….those teams are selling those games. As with everything else in MLB, all that they care about is profit.

      • halladaysbiceps - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        Agreed, Paper. You are 100% correct.

      • rhandome - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Nope, 2 games, not three. And the comparison to football has to do with the number of games in a season. One out of 8 home games is a lot; 2 out of 81 is nothing.

    • cur'68 - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      All is not lost in America. I saw Elizabeth Banks on The Daily Show making Beaver jokes with Jon Stewart. There is hope here. Hope for you all. Still, growing baseball internationally is not a bad thing and if means 3 fewer games for the D-Backs’ fans, then its worth it. All that grit deserves a broader audience.

      Ultimately Baseball exists to make money. The American audience is saturated with it. There’s a thriving baseball culture in Australia and growing this culture will grow the game itself and increase the talent pool and the market. We’ll all win. Besides, I’d like for the Australians to grow to enjoy a good beaver joke, too. Its not all about giggling over the Roots brand, y’know.

      • halladaysbiceps - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        I don’t disagree. Once again, each team plays 30 exhibition games. Why can’t those games suffice for the Australian audience? It’s still MLB baseball. It certainly was good enough for Japan when the Cardinals were touring that country in the 60′s. Those games cost no MLB teams home games.

        Like paperlions said, the Diamondbacks are getting monetary kickbacks from MLB at the expense of the D’backs fans.

    • moogro - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Back to the misspelled ‘ceps. That feels better.

    • rhandome - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      NFL fans might have a legit gripe about losing one of their team’s 8 home games. But MLB teams play 81 home games; what is 2 games out of that? Most baseball games don’t sell out, so it’s not like fans are missing the chance to see their team. Heck, Arizona drew around 26k per home game, in a park that holds nearly twice as many.

      • halladaysbiceps - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        First of all, D’Backs fans are losing 3 out of 81 home games. Second, each MLB is blessed with 30 exhibition games per team to promote baseball to other countries.

        Why are there football comments to the obvious on this board? No one is equating 1 football game to any amount of baseball game. No one is comparing the 2 sports. We are talking about the value of playing 3 regular season baseball games in another country other than the USA or Canada when it’s not necessary given the amount of exhibition games.

  3. beefytrout - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    are those fans just casually hanging out in the background?

    Spring Training seems like such a magical place.

    • happytwinsfan - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      i wonder if it’s magical enough for me to pass through my monitor into one of those pictures. it’s worth a try!

  4. Carl Hancock - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Are people really bitching about losing 3 home games? You do realize they’ll be playing plenty more, right? It’s not like this is the NFL. An exhibition or spring training game isn’t going to be a draw. The only type of exhibition game that would draw would be all-stars and that’s not going to happen. The games have to mean something. You also have to keep in mind Australia has a professional baseball league they have helped get started. Bringing some attention to the sport is a good thing. Even if it means losing 3 measly home games.

    • NatsLady - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      Even the NFL plays games abroad, right? London, anyone?

      • paperlions - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Yeah, but NFL fans complain loudly about it every year….and Bills fans complain loudly about losing a home game to a Canadian city every year. The NFL doesn’t care though, because they know the fans won’t do anything that results in a loss of revenue for the league, they’ll just complain, no one will stop watching or stop buying tickets.

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Those pictures are so much better than then when I look out my window and see nothing but snow.

  6. platediscipline - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    I am pretty sure it is 2 games and not 3, Also, the 2 teams get to split the home games I believe. Not really that big of a deal. YMMV

    • halladaysbiceps - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      It is not. It’s 3 Arizona Diamonback home games that are stolen from their fans. Look here: http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=ari#y=2014&m=3&calendar=DEFAULT

      March 21st: 1 game, March 22nd: Double-header.

      • rhandome - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        The game on the 21st is an exhibition game against Australia. Only the doubleheader on the 22nd are regular-season games.

  7. rbj1 - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    What’s that green stuff on the ground?

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Slime?

  8. fearthehoody - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    This will be year number 4 that we are headed to AZ for baseball! Fortunately my day is early March. Nothing like all day of baseball and all night of bar hopping !! Can’t wait

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    well one thing we all can agree on is its nice to see the start of a brand new season, im done with winter

    • happytwinsfan - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      you guys have a winter in new york? tell me about it.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 9, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        tell you about it? we are freezing!!! Worst winter ive seen in 25 years

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        It’s been colder in NYC than Fairbanks a couple of times this winter. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…I live west of I-5!

  10. historiophiliac - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Bradley!

  11. delusionalcardsfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Dbacks and Doyers in Australia already! It’s worth losing the home games to have the privilege of representing MLB on a international scale like this. Salt River Fields here I come!!

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Stay away from Outback Steakhouse. It’s a tourist trap!

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