Going to Goodyear?
On Tuesday I received an e-mail from Scott, a Reds fan living in New York. Scott is planning an extended weekend in Arizona to see the Reds in Goodyear and had lots of good questions. Some of them I have answered in the past. And some of them can be answered by clicking here on a Spring Training section of Reds.com.
Here are few tips that I gave to Scott that might prove useful to you if you are planning a trip out to Goodyear:
*Workouts are held usually in the mornings, seven days a week. The rare exception is if there is a night game, the one scheduled day off on March 21 and on the reporting days of Feb. 19 and 24, when they will be in the afternoon. There is no published set time for the public, but they can generally start as early as 8:30-9am and end around 12:30-1pm…especially before the Cactus League schedule begins.
*The workouts are NOT held at Goodyear Ballpark, which the Reds share with the Indians. The workouts are held just under a mile away at the Reds player development complex. There is on-street parking and it is free. There is also no admission fee to see the Reds workout.
*A walking path from the street will take you to the back fields of the complex. The players rotate to “stations” at four or five different fields to work on skills like fielding, bunting, calling fly balls, etc.
*There is no formal autograph signing process except that fans must stay behind the gates or fences that have been set up. Players might sign in between going from one field to the next, but many don’t because they need to keep moving. Some might sign after workouts.
*The Reds usually take batting practice before home and away games at the player development complex. They rarely take BP inside Goodyear Ballpark or at road game sites. For most games, they hit at the complex and then take busses or their own cars to the stadium for the games.
*Reds Minor League players are due to report to camp on March 1. Even when the big leaguers are playing games, the Minor League guys are often working out on the back fields at the complex.
I hope this helps you if you’re headed out to Arizona. Soon, I will try to break out the dining guide.