Major League Baseball spring training camps are officially underway across Florida and Arizona. MLB was unable to convince the MLBPA to agree to a delayed 154-game season and an expanded postseason, so spring training and the regular season will begin as scheduled. Assuming the pandemic cooperates, of course. Fingers crossed. Wednesday was the first reporting date for pitchers catchers for many teams, and most players should be in camp by this time next week. Spring training games are set to begin before the end of the month.
With that in mind, here are the important dates to know for spring training 2021.
Feb. 17: General reporting date
Each club will set its own reporting dates and most teams will open camp on Feb. 17. Players will presumably go through COVID-19 intake testing prior to officially reporting. The general sequence of events: pitchers and catchers report, they work out for a few days, then position players report and full squad workouts begin.
You can find each team's specific reporting dates here.
"All 30 clubs are still operating on a bit of a vague, general framework. But we're ready to go and doing as much planning and prep as we possibly can," Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters, including MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera, about spring training two weeks ago.