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Get Hyped! MLB 2021 Spring Training Officially Begins This Week

This is the week that baseball fans have been waiting for — a signal of warmer days ahead, green grass and the sound of the crack of the bat.

Of course, we are talking about the start of Major League Baseballs’ 2021 Spring Training, with players officially descending upon Florida and Arizona over the next few days. On Monday, pitchers and catchers will begin to report to spring training camps with full rosters coming by the end of the week.

Last week, MLB announced the 2021 Spring Training start dates for the 2021 season for the Grapefruit League in Florida and the Cactus League in Arizona.

American League Spring Training start dates:

American League TeamsPitchers and PitchersFull TeamLeagueCamp Location
Baltimore OriolesFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndGrapefruitSarasota
Boston Red SoxFebruary 18thFebruary 24thGrapefruitFort Meyers
Chicago White SoxFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndCactusGlendale
Cleveland IndiansFebruary 18thFebruary 22ndCactusGoodyear
Detroit TigersFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndGrapefruitLakeland
Houston AstrosFebruary 18thFebruary 22ndGrapefruitWest Palm Beach
Kansas City RoyalsFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndCactusSurprise
Los Angeles AngelsFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndCactusTempe
Minnesota TwinsFebruary 19thFebruary 23rdGrapefruitFort Meyers
New York YankeesFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndGrapefruitTampa
Oakland AthleticsFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndCactusMesa
Seattle MarinersFebruary 18thFebruary 23rdCautusPeoria
Tampa Bay RaysFebruary 18thFebruary 23rdGrapefruitPort Charlotte
Texas RangersFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndCactusSurprise
Toronto Blue JaysFebruary 18thFebruary 22ndGrapefruitDunedin

National League Spring Training start dates:

National League TeamsPitchers and CatchersFull TeamLeagueLocation
Arizona DiamondbacksFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndCactusScottsdale
Atlanta BravesFebruary 18thFebruary 23rdGrapefruitNorth Port
Chicago CubsFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndCactusMesa
Cincinnati RedsFebruary 18thFebruary 22ndCactusGoodyear
Colorado RockiesFebruary 18thFebruary 23rdCactusScottsdale
Los Angelos DodgersFebruary 18thFebruary 23rdCactusGlendale
Miami MarlinsFebruary 18thFebruary 23rdGrapefruitJupiter
Milwaukee BrewersFebruary 18thFebruary 23rdCactusMaryvale
New York MetsFebruary 19thFebruary 22ndGrapefruitPort St. Juice
Philadelphia PhillesFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndGrapefruitClearwater
Pittsburgh PiratesFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndGrapefruitBradenton
St. Louis CardinalsFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndGrapefruitJupiter
San Diego PadresFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndCactusPeoria
San Francisco GiantsFebruary 17thFebruary 22ndCactusScottsdale
Washington NationalsFebruary 18thFebruary 23rdGrapefruitWest Palm Peach

When do 2021 Spring Training games start?

The official Spring Training schedule begins on February 28th with most of the league playing on that day.

Over the following month, the Cactus League will play a total of 28 games. In the Grapefruit League, it’s a bit more complicated with teams split into three different groups to minimize travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The east of Florida (Astros, Cardinals, Marlins, Mets and Nationals) will each play 24 games. For western Florida, each of the teams will play 28 games with teams split into groups. One group will consist of the Blue Jays, Phillies, Tigers and Yankees while the other group will be comprised of Braves, Rays, Red Sox and the Twins. The two remaining teams, the Orioles and Pirates will play teams from each group.

The last spring training games will conclude on March 30th with MLB set for a full schedule of Opening Day games on April 1st, barring any schedule interruptions.

What about betting?

For many baseball fans, this will be the first year that you can legally bet on baseball, either in a casino or online (and in some cases, both). These states include Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Louisana, Maryland, North Carolina, South Dakota and Washington have also passed sports betting in various forms but have not yet gone live.

Online sports betting is limited to 14 states, at east for now: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Spring training games are expected to be available for wagering in many jurisdictions, despite concerns expressed from MLB over integrity before the 2019 season. In Nevada, a request a prohibit wagering on sports betting was denied.

For many online sportsbooks, wagering on games likely won’t be available until closer to the time the spring training schedule begins.

So for now, online sports bettors will have to settle for futures bets. On the DraftKings online sportsbook, for example, they currently have betting lines on the World Series winner, American and National League winner, and Division winner. Player futures are also up for MVP awards, the CY Young and leaders in a variety of stat categories.

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