It's Easy To Cruise The Cactus League

It's Easy To Cruise The Cactus League

The Indians' 2009 move to Goodyear, Az., for spring training put them twice as far from Cleveland as when they were in Winter Haven, Fla. (1993-2008). But it's three times the fun for fans as so many teams train nearby. The Cincinnati Reds' camp is a mile away and the two Ohio teams share Goodyear Ballpark. Eleven other camps are within 40 miles; two teams train in Tucson, about 2 1/2 hours away.

Cleveland Indians
Goodyear Ballpark
1933 South Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338
It's just off S. Estrella Parkway, about three miles south of I-10. NO. 9 ON MAP

There's not too much development around it –- yet -- though future construction sites may cause some traffic problems. Traffic and congestion is sure to pick up now that the Cincinnati Reds' complex is finished and the two teams share the ballpark. The Phoenix Goodyear Airport is in the complex's backyard.
When the minor-league games start in mid-March, fans have a great chance to see players from five or six organizations every day as either the Indians or Reds will be playing in the main ballpark -- with their respective farm teams hosting other organizations on the minor-league fields.

Goodyear Ballpark
Cincinnati Reds
There's plenty of room for Ohioans to see their two MLB teams all spring in this unique setup. McDowell Road, which runs parallel to I-10, seems to be one long strip mall with restaurants, shops and hotels along the way. There are two outstanding golf courses nearby -- Raven at Verrado, about five miles west and the Golf Club of Estrella, about five miles south. Fans may just want to set up in Goodyear, buy tickets to all the Tribe and Reds games, and see all the other clubs come through rather than make the trek to the other ballparks. Tribe fans can spend the morning taking a look at minor-leaguers at the Indians' complex, then take in a Reds game at the ballpark. Or they can go and check out Cincinnati's up-and-coming minor-leaguers.
Indians vs. Reds this spring: March 5 (Reds "home game"); March 6 (Tribe "home game"); March 17 (Reds "home"); March 18 (Tribe "home"); April 2 (Tribe "home"); April 3 (Reds "home")

Chicago White Sox & Los Angeles Dodgers
Camelback Ranch
10710 W. Camelback Road
It is only 10.6 miles from Goodyear Ballpark, but takes about 21 minutes to get there. NO. 8 ON MAP
Go east on W. Yuma Rd., which for some reason changes names to W. Western Ave. … keep going to S. Dysart Rd., and make a left, heading north. The street becomes N. Dysart Ave. and you will go 3.2 miles to W. Camelback Rd. … make a right, heading east for 2.9 miles and the ballpark will be on the left-hand side.
Get there early and tour the Dodgers' minor-league complex, which has a strolling area amid ponds. Sometimes, minor-leaguers are out there chatting with fans and giving autographs as the Dodgers know how to give their fans a good spring training experience. the ballpark and concessions are top notch. Traffic before and after games can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. It is a busy area, about one mile west of the 101 freeway and two miles west of the Westgate shopping, dining and entertainment district, University of Phoenix Stadium and Jobing.com Arena, home to the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes. Check schedules and you may be able to get a unique NHL-MLB "doubleheader" or watch an MLB exhibition game at night after a Tribe day game.
Indians play there: March 11 vs. White Sox; March 21 vs. Dodgers; April 1 vs. Dodgers

Milwaukee Brewers
Maryvale Baseball Park
3500 N. 51st Ave. in Phoenix

It is 17.3 miles from Goodyear Ballpark and takes about 26 minutes to get there. NO. 3 ON MAP
Go west for two-tenths of a mile on W. Yuma Rd. to S. Estrella Pkwy and make a right, heading north. Proceed for 1.7 miles to I-10, and make a right, heading east. Go 11.5 miles to exit 138 (N. 59th Ave.) and make a right at the end of the exit ramp, but be prepared to make a sharp left-hand u-turn to proceed north on 59th. Go 2.4 miles to W. Indian School Rd., and make a right, heading east. Drive for six-tenths of a mile to N. Maryvale Pkwy, make a right and go three-tenths of a mile to the ballpark.
It's in a residential area, near Maryvale Municipal Golf Course, and there's not a lot going on (shopping, restaurants) near the ballpark.
Indians play there: March 15

Kansas City Royals & Texas Rangers
Surprise Recreation Campus
15754 North Bullard Ave, in Surprise.
It is 18.4 miles from Goodyear Ballpark, about a 30-minute drive. NO. 1 ON MAP
Head west on W. Yuma Rd., for two-tenths of a mile, make a right onto S. Estrella Pkwy and proceed as it becomes N. Estrella Pkwy and then changes names again to N. Pebble Creek Pkwy. (sounds confusing … it isn't … just a straight road that changes name as it then winds through the Eagle's Nest Country Club at Pebble Creek) … when you get to the intersection of W. Indian School/Wigwam Blvd., make a left , heading west and proceed for 1.1 miles to Arizona Rt. 303 and make a right, heading north … drive for 10 miles to W. Bell Rd., and make a right, heading east for 2.4 miles to N. Bullard Ave. … make a right turn, go four-tenths of a mile and look for the ballpark on the right. It's a very pleasant ballpark, but traffic and parking can be a bit frustrating since it is a residential area with some one-way streets. Check their schedules for night games -- go there after a Tribe home game for a unique "doubleheader".
Indians play there: March 19 vs. Rangers; March 30 vs. Royals

Seattle Mariners & San Diego Padres
Peoria Sports Complex
15707 N. 83rd Ave., in Peoria
It is 21.7 miles from Goodyear Ballpark and takes 28 to 35 minutes to get there. NO. 2 ON MAP
You head west on W. Yuma Rd., for only two-tenths of a mile, make a right onto S. Estrella Pkwy and proceed 1.7 miles to I-10. Head east on I-10 for 6.5 miles to exit 133B (State Hwy 101 N) … go north on 101 for 10.2 miles to exit 12 (Thunderbird Rd.) … make a right onto W. Thunderbird Rd. and proceed a third of a mile to N. 83rd Ave. Turn left, go 1.1 miles and look for the ballpark on your right.
of the Tribe's Andy Marte hitting a home run against the Padres at the Peoria park during a 2009 exhibition game.
Ballpark is pleasant ... it has a great "tanning area", where fans can sit on a hillside just past the outfield fances. This suburban area is packed with every kind of restaurant and shopping outlet imaginable.
Indians play there: March 9 vs. Mariners; March 14 vs. Padres

Oakland Athletics
Phoenix Municipal Stadium
5999 E. Van Buren in Phoenix
It is 29.2 miles from Goodyear Ballpark and when there is no traffic, a breeze to get to in about 33 minutes. With traffic, it can take an hour. NO. 5 ON MAP
Go west for two-tenths of a mile on W. Yuma Rd. to S. Estrella Pkwy and make a right, heading north. Proceed for 1.7 miles to I-10, and make a right, heading east. Proceed 20.1 miles to exit 147A (State Hwy 202 E, called the Red Mountain Freeway) … merge onto 202 E and drive 4.9 miles to exit 6 (Priest Dr toward Center Pkwy). Merge onto E. Sky Harbor Blvd., but quickly look for N. Priest Dr., and make a left. You will see the ballpark on the right … make a right turn and proceed down the road, where the ballpark will now be on your left.
The complex is in a city park that includes the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Gardens. It's a place to take a walk, bike ride and check out something besides baseball. Indians don't play the A's there this spring, but it doesn't hurt to see other teams there.
Tribe plays there: None this spring

Los Angeles Angels
Tempe Diablo Stadium
2200 W. Alameda Drive in Tempe
It is 29.6 miles from Goodyear Ballpark and takes from 35 to 75 minutes, depending on traffic. NO. 6 ON MAP
Go west for two-tenths of a mile on W. Yuma Rd. to S. Estrella Pkwy and make a right, heading north. Proceed for 1.7 miles to I-10, and make a right, heading east. Proceed 26.3 miles to exit 153 (Hwy 143/48th Street) … stay to the right at the exit, following signs for 48th Street/Broadway Rd., merging onto Hwy 143 (called the Hohokam Expressway) … go a half-mile on 48th Street to W. Alameda Dr. and make a left. The ballpark is on the left.
This can be a busy area, on the edge of the Arizona State University campus, which is a few blocks east. Unique rock formation just over left-field fence provides interesting color backdrop not found at other ballparks.
Indians play there: March 28 and April 1

San Francisco Giants
Scottsdale Stadium
7408 E. Osborn Rd. in Scottsdale
It is 31.4 miles from Goodyear Ballpark and takes 40 minutes (no traffic) to 70 minutes (congestion). NO. 4 ON MAP
Go west for two-tenths of a mile on W. Yuma Rd. to S. Estrella Pkwy and make a right, heading north. Proceed for 1.7 miles to I-10, and make a right, heading east. Proceed 20.1 miles to exit 147A (State Hwy 202 E) … merge onto 202 E and go 2.6 miles to exit 3 (McDowell Rd./Rt. 143) … merge onto Rt. 143 for two-tenths of a mile, then make a right onto E. McDowell Rd. Drive 3.2 miles (alongside Papago Park golf course) to N. Scottsdale Rd., make a left and go 1.3 miles to N. Civic Center/Drinkwater Blvd., and make a slight right. The ballpark is on the right side, at the intersection of Osborn Blvd.
Don & Charlie's (7501 N. Scottsdale Rd.) is a white-tablecloth restaurant loaded with baseball memorabilia. Media, players and front-office types from various teams can usually be found dining there.
Indians play there: March 19

Chicago Cubs
Hohokam Park
1235 N. Center in Mesa
It is 37.5 miles from Goodyear Ballpark and depending on traffic takes 40 minutes to 90 minutes. NO. 7 ON MAP
Go west for two-tenths of a mile on W. Yuma Rd. to S. Estrella Pkwy and make a right, heading north. Proceed for 1.7 miles to I-10, and make a right, heading east. Proceed 20.1 miles to exit 147A (State Hwy 202 E, called the Red Mountain Freeway) … merge onto 202 E and drive 12.5 miles to exit 13 (Country Club Drive/Hwy 87, toward Payson) … stay to the right, driving 1.4 miles and following signs for Rt. 87 to merge with Country Club. At Brown Rd., make a left, go a half-mile to Center St., and the ballpark is three-tenths of a mile away, on the right side.
It's a tough ticket, as Cubs fans pack the venerable ballpark in a residential neighborhood.
Indians play there: March 22

Arizona Diamondbacks
Tucson Electric Park
2500 East Ajo Way, Tucson
It is 139 miles from Goodyear Ballpark and a drive of 130 to 190 minutes, depending upon traffic. NOT ON MAP
Go west for two-tenths of a mile on W. Yuma Rd. to S. Estrella Pkwy and make a right, heading north. Proceed for 1.7 miles to I-10, and make a right, heading east. Proceed 136 miles to exit 263B (S. Kino Pkwy). Turn right onto the ramp for Ajo Way, then make a left … go a half mile and there's the ballpark.
It's a fabulous facility with all the amenities and near to plenty of shopping, etc., in the area.
Indians play there: March 8

Colorado Rockies
Hi Corbett Field
3400 East Camino Campestre, Tucson
It is 143 miles from Goodyear Ballpark and a drive of 135 to 190 minutes, depending upon traffic. NOT ON MAP
Go west for two-tenths of a mile on W. Yuma Rd. to S. Estrella Pkwy and make a right, heading north. Proceed for 1.7 miles to I-10, and make a right, heading east. Proceed 136 miles to exit 263B (S. Kino Pkwy). Merge onto S. Kino Pkwy and proceed to 2.4 miles to E. 22 Street. Make a right and go 1.3 miles to S. Country Club Rd., make a left and proceed four-tenths of a mile to E. Camino Campestre. The ballpark will be on the right.
Long-time Tribe fans will want to make the trip to the old ballyard, which was the Indians' spring training home from 1947 through 1992. They won't recognize the place, which was updated in 1992, 1997 and again in 1999 – but there's plenty of nostalgia to be found in parts of the ballpark that dates back to the 1930s.
Indians play there: March 17.

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