Cactus League ready for spring training return after lockdown deal
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — After 99 days of a lockout, Major League Baseball and its players have reached agreement on a collective bargaining agreement. That means baseball will be played, and soon!
Details have yet to be ironed out, but the start of the Cactus League in Arizona should be in about a week. With regular season games starting on April 7, that means shorter spring training than usual. But local businesses and Cactus League executive director Bridget Binsbacher both agree that Cactus League baseball is better than no Cactus League baseball. “I just feel the inquiries we get from people wanting to come to Arizona and watch spring training,” Binsbacher said. “People are talking about any type of baseball, will any form be available to watch in these stadiums. So people are ready.
Even as the lockdown continued, Social Tap Eatery owner Steve McFarland was confident there would be Cactus League Baseball this spring. “We stayed in communication with all the hotels in town, all the transportation companies,” McFarland said. “And let them know that we are always ready to go. I think all baseball facilities were too. They were still preparing as if it was going to happen. And I think that’s a great reflection of how prepared we’ll be for spring training.
Staffing is an issue not just for Cactus League operations, but for several Arizona businesses. To help prepare for this, Binsbacher says most teams already have part-timers in place. “Of course, over the past few years, as difficult as everything has been, we have shown that we can be flexible and adapt to whatever we need,” she said. “So we are ready to go. I think everyone is really excited to hear that we’re going to have a form season. And we want to make the most of this opportunity.
For more specific information on the Cactus League’s ticket and game policies, you can visit its website.
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