LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have always had a target on their backs. It’s what comes with being one of the most historic organizations in the sport.
But after spending over $1 billion in contracts this winter, perhaps no team comes into the 2024 season with bigger expectations than this Dodgers team. The frenzy around Shohei Ohtani will be unlike anything seen in quite some time. Not to mention the team still has Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman on the roster.
Whether you hate or love the Dodgers, it’ll be one of the most anticipated seasons in decades. And it all gets going this week.
Here’s everything you need to know about Spring Training:
When is the first workout for pitchers and catchers?
Dodgers pitchers and catchers will report to Camelback Ranch on Thursday and the first official workout will be held on Friday.
What is the date of the first full-squad workout?
Position players typically arrive early and some will even be around when pitchers and catchers report, but they don’t have to be in Glendale, Ariz., until Feb. 13. The first full-squad workout will be on Feb. 14.
Where is the team’s facility?
Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.
Can fans attend workouts?
As has been the case in the past, fans will be able to attend workouts throughout the spring.
Who are some new faces fans should know?
It was a busy offseason for the Dodgers so there are plenty of new faces to get used to this spring.
Of course, nobody will draw more attention than Ohtani, the two-time American League Most Valuable Player who signed a 10-year, $700 million deal with the Dodgers this winter. Japanese phenom Yoshinobu Yamamoto also signed a big deal of his own, a 12-year, $325 million pact despite never throwing a pitch in the Majors.
Tyler Glasnow, Teoscar Hernández, Manuel Margot and James Paxton also are among the acquisitions the Dodgers made this offseason.
Who are the top prospects invited to Major League camp?
Right-hander Nick Frasso (the club’s No. 3 prospect in the MLB Pipeline rankings), righty Landon Knack (No. 9), catcher Diego Cartaya (No. 2) and outfielder Andy Pages (No. 6) are some of the highly touted prospects who are on the 40-man roster and will start the spring in big league camp. Frasso, however, underwent right shoulder surgery in November and will miss the 2024 season.
When is the team’s first Cactus League game?
Thursday, Feb. 22, at 12:10 p.m. PT against the Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex.
What are a few other notable spring games?
The first home game at Camelback Ranch will be against the Padres on Friday, Feb. 23, at 12:05 p.m. PT. The Dodgers host the D-backs at Camelback Ranch on March 10, the first time the two sides will meet (albeit a Cactus League game) since last year’s NLDS.
What is Spring Breakout and when is the game?
All 30 MLB clubs will assemble rosters filled with 20-25 of their best prospects to take on top Minor League or rookie talents from other organizations. Each team will play at least one seven-inning exhibition game as part of the initiative.
The Dodgers will play their Spring Breakout game against the Angels on March 16 at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Will the team’s games be televised?
SportsNet LA and MLB.TV are, once again, expected to carry the Cactus League games.
When is the club’s last game in Arizona?
March 13 against the Mariners at Camelback Ranch.
Will there be any additional exhibitions before the regular season?
In preparation for Opening Day in Seoul, the Dodgers will play the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO on March 17 and the Korean national team on March 18. After returning to the United States, the Dodgers will face the Angels from March 24-26 in the annual Freeway Series, with the first two games at Dodger Stadium and the finale at Angel Stadium.
What are the details for Opening Day?
The Dodgers and Padres are set to play the first Major League game in South Korea on March 20 at 3:05 a.m. PT. It’s part of a “home-and-home” between the two teams in South Korea, with the second game scheduled for March 21 at 3:05 a.m. PT.
The Dodgers’ Opening Day on U.S. soil will be on March 28 against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium.