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When is MLB spring training 2021? Pitcher, catcher reporting dates for all 30 teams

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The sound of gloves popping and bats cracking signal the start of the 2021 MLB season, and it’s right around the corner.

MLB and the MLBPA agreed to health and safety protocols for the 2021 season on Feb. 9, meaning the Grapefuit and Cactus leagues will kick off next week as the new season gets underway on schedule.

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In 2020, MLB and the players navigated a pretty difficult environment, with teams traveling while in the middle of a pandemic in, what turned out to be, a 60-game season that had more than a few bumps along the way. A few clubs sacrifced weeks of their schedule, and more importantly, health of the players to get the season finished, with a few outbreaks happening in between.

This year, the start of the MLB season was threatened once again, when owners proposed that Opening Day be pushed back a few weeks to give teams a better opportunity to potentially vaccinate players and give the number of COVID case a change to decline.

All of that, now, is settled, with a 162-game slate and some rule changes being rolled over from last season — the seven-inning doubleheaders and the runner-on-second rule for extra innings both return.

Here’s what you need to know about the start of the 2021 season.

When does 2021 MLB spring training start?

While the schedule for spring training has yet to be released, pitchers and catchers will start reporting on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the earliest. The first full-squad workout will happen the following week, on Feb. 22 at the earliest. 

Expect full- and split-squad games to be scheduled soon after.

MLB spring training report dates

Grapefruit League in Florida 

Team First pitchers and catchers workout First full-squad workout
Atlanta Braves Thursday, Feb. 18 Tuesday, Feb. 23
Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
Boston Red Sox Thursday, Feb. 18 Monday, Feb. 22
Detroit Tigers Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
Houston Astros Thursday, Feb. 18 Monday, Feb. 22
Miami Marlins Thursday, Feb. 18 Tuesday, Feb. 23
Minnesota Twins Friday, Feb. 19 Tuesday, Feb. 23
New York Mets Friday, Feb. 19 Monday, Feb. 22
New York Yankees Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, Feb. 18 Tuesday, Feb. 23
Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, Feb. 18 Monday, Feb. 22
Washington Nationals Thursday, Feb. 18 Tuesday, Feb. 23

Cactus League in Arizona

Team First pitchers and catchers workout First full-squad workout
Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
Chicago White Sox Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
Cincinnati Reds Thursday, Feb. 18 Monday, Feb. 22
Cleveland Indians Thursday, Feb. 18 Monday, Feb. 22
Colorado Rockies Thursday, Feb. 18 Tuesday, Feb. 23
Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
Los Angeles Angels Thursday, Feb. 18 Monday, Feb. 22
Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Feb. 18 Tuesday, Feb. 23
Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, Feb. 18 Tuesday, Feb. 23
Oakland Athletics Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
San Diego Padres Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22
Seattle Mariners Thursday, Feb. 18 Tuesday, Feb. 23
Texas Rangers Wednesday, Feb. 17 Monday, Feb. 22

Spring training locations for all 30 teams

Grapefruit League in Florida

Team Location Venue
Atlanta Braves North Port CoolToday Park
Baltimore Orioles Sarasota Ed Smith Stadium
Boston Red Sox Fort Myers JetBlue Park at Fenway South
Detroit Tigers Lakeland Joker Marchant Stadium
Florida Marlins Jupiter Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium
Houston Astros West Palm Beach FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
Minnesota Twins Fort Myers Hammond Stadium
New York Mets Port St. Lucie First Data Field
New York Yankees Tampa George M. Steinbrenner Field
Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater Spectrum Field
Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton LECOM Park
St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter Roger Dean Stadium
Tampa Bay Rays Port Charlotte Charlotte Sports Park
Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin Dunedin Stadium
Washington Nationals West Palm Beach The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Cactus League in Arizona

Team Location Venue
Arizona Diamondbacks Scottsdale Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Chicago Cubs Mesa Sloan Park
Chicago White Sox Glendale Camelback Ranch
Cincinnati Reds Goodyear Goodyear Ballpark
Cleveland Indians Goodyear Goodyear Ballpark
Colorado Rockies Scottsdale Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Kansas City Royals Surprise Surprise Stadium
Los Angeles Angels Tempe Tempe Diablo Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers Glendale Camelback Ranch
Milwaukee Brewers Phoenix Maryvale Baseball Park
Oakland Athletics Mesa HoHoKam Stadium
San Diego Padres Peoria Peoria Sports Complex
San Francisco Giants Scottsdale Scottsdale Stadium
Seattle Mariners Peoria Peoria Sports Complex
Texas Rangers Surprise Surprise Stadium

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