Grapefruit League Schedule Revised as Rays Shift Spring Training Camp
to Disney and March Games to Tropicana Field;
Full Slate of WBC Exhibition Games Included for Cactus & Grapefruit Leagues
Major League Baseball today issued an official update to the schedule for 2023 Spring Training, which will begin on Friday, February 24th with a pair of Cactus League games before all 30 Major League Clubs play in Cactus and Grapefruit League games on Saturday, February 25th.
Due to damage to the Tampa Bay Rays’ facility in Port Charlotte, Florida following Hurricane Ian, several modifications to the 2023 Spring Training schedule have been made, which affect nearly all Grapefruit League Clubs. Among the changes to the schedule:
- Tampa Bay’s home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, February 26th has been removed from the schedule.
- The Rays’ home game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, February 28th will now be played at The Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney, which will also host Tampa Bay’s spring workouts.
- All Rays home games during the month of March will be played at Tropicana Field.
- Team Puerto Rico’s scheduled exhibition game against the Rays on Thursday, March 9th will now be hosted by the Atlanta Braves at North Port. The Toronto Blue Jays will now play the Rays at Tropicana Field on that date.
The 2023 Spring Training schedule includes 20 exhibition games featuring Major League Clubs competing with World Baseball Classic National Teams. Ten games with World Baseball Classic teams will be played in both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues across March 8th-9th prior to the scheduled North American start to the 2023 World Baseball Classic on Saturday, March 11th in Phoenix and Miami.
Please see the accompanying files or visit MLB.com for the complete 2023 Spring Training schedule. Individual Club schedules can be found at each of the respective 30 Club sites.