Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
The Cactus League is a beloved part of Major League Baseball’s spring training, attracting fans and players to Arizona yearly. One team that calls the Cactus League home is the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have made Camelback Ranch their training facility since 2009. Let’s take a closer look at the history of the Cactus League, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Camelback Ranch training facility.
The Cactus League was founded in 1947 when the Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants played exhibition games in Phoenix, Arizona. The games were a huge success, drawing large crowds and sparking interest in bringing more Major League teams to the area for spring training. Over the years, more and more teams began making the trip to Arizona, and the Cactus League was born.
Today, the Cactus League has 15 Major League teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have a rich history in Arizona, having trained in various locations throughout the state since the 1940s. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that they made Camelback Ranch their permanent training facility.
Camelback Ranch is a state-of-the-art facility located in Glendale, Arizona. The facility boasts 13 full-size practice fields, a 10,000-seat stadium, and luxurious accommodations for players and staff. The Dodgers share the facility with the Chicago White Sox, who also use Camelback Ranch for spring training.
The decision to build Camelback Ranch took a long time for the Dodgers. For years, the team had trained at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida, a facility that had been in use since the 1940s. However, the aging facility required significant renovations, and the Dodgers were looking for a new home for their spring training. The Dodgers would play their last game in Florida on March 17, 2008.
In 2008, the Dodgers announced that they had agreed with the city of Glendale to build a new training facility in Arizona. The facility was built in record time, with construction starting in June 2008 and the Dodgers playing their first game at the new stadium in March 2009.
Since moving to Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers have enjoyed a successful spring training record, consistently drawing large crowds to their games. The facility has also helped the team attract top talent, with players drawn to state-of-the-art amenities and top-notch training facilities.
Pre-Season Baseball Schedule
The Los Angeles Dodgers spring training games begin on Saturday, February 25, with a road matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale, Arizona. It marks the fourth straight year in which the Dodgers will not open Cactus League play against their Camelback Ranch co-tenant Chicago White Sox. The Dodgers’ spring training home opener will be against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, February 26.
Los Angeles then has games against the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, and Arizona Diamondbacks before finishing their first week against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Arizona.
Betting on Pre-Season Baseball
As the Major League Baseball (MLB) pre-season gets underway, sports betting enthusiasts are gearing up to place their bets on which team they think will come out on top in the regular season. It’s challenging for sports bettors, bookmakers, and betting sites like betJACK. There are many factors to consider when betting or handicapping, including team performance in the previous season, off-season acquisitions, and player health. However, there’s no shortage of excitement in pre-season baseball betting.
According to industry experts, the pre-season is an ideal time to place bets on MLB games. The odds are often more favorable due to the uncertainty surrounding how the teams will perform in the regular season. Bettors who do their homework and analyze the available data have a better chance of making informed decisions and potentially winning big.
As always, sports betting involves plenty of risks, and bettors should exercise caution and never wager more than they can afford to lose. But for those who are willing to take the risk and put in the effort to make informed decisions, pre-season MLB betting can be an exciting way to enjoy America’s pastime and potentially earn some extra cash.
Full Pre-Season Schedule
SaturdayFebruary 25@ BrewersMaryvale12:10 p.m.
SundayFebruary 26vs. CubsGlendaleTBD
MondayFebruary 27@ PadresPeoria12:10 p.m.
TuesdayFebruary 28vs. RedsGlendaleTBD
WednesdayMarch 1@ RangersSurpriseTBD
ThursdayMarch 2vs. DiamondbacksGlendaleTBD
FridayMarch 3@ AngelsTempeTBD
SaturdayMarch 4@ RoyalsSurpriseTBD
SundayMarch 5vs. White SoxGlendaleTBD
MondayMarch 6vs. PadresGlendaleTBD
WednesdayMarch 8vs. MarinersGlendaleTBD
ThursdayMarch 9@ AthleticsMesaTBD
FridayMarch 10vs. AngelsGlendaleTBD
SaturdayMarch 11@ GiantsScottsdaleTBD
SaturdayMarch 11vs. CubsGlendaleTBD
SundayMarch 12@ RedsGoodyearTBD
MondayMarch 13vs. GuardiansGlendaleTBD
WednesdayMarch 15vs. RockiesGlendaleTBD
ThursdayMarch 16vs. RangersGlendaleTBD
FridayMarch 17@ CubsMesa1:05 p.m.
SaturdayMarch 18@ White SoxGlendaleTBD
SundayMarch 19vs. AthleticsGlendaleTBD
MondayMarch 20@ RockiesScottsdaleTBD
TuesdayMarch 21vs. GiantsGlendaleTBD
TuesdayMarch 21@ GuardiansGoodyearTBD
WednesdayMarch 22@ MarinersPeoriaTBD
ThursdayMarch 23@ DiamondbacksScottsdaleTBD
FridayMarch 24vs. BrewersGlendaleTBD
SaturdayMarch 25vs. RoyalsGlendaleTBD
SundayMarch 26vs. AngelsDodger StadiumTBD
MondayMarch 27@ AngelsAngel StadiumTBD
TuesdayMarch 28@ AngelsAngel StadiumTBD