Monday, February 27, 2012

Florida Vacation Rentals -- A Great Way to Take in Spring Training

After taking in a few ballgames, relax in
an ocean front vacation rental.

2013 update: Check out this link for schedules and tickets for both the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues. 

Spring training's in full swing as teams get ready for the 2012 season, which opens April 4th with the World-Champion St. Louis Cardinals playing the newly renamed Miami Marlins in the Marlins' new stadium. Florida, home of the Grapefruit League for spring training, offers plenty of great games in March. 

The 2011 season finished with an exciting World Series in which the St. Louis Cardinals pulled out a memorable win in Game 6 versus the Texas Rangers, and went on to win the series in Game 7. The Cardinals lost one of their top players when Albert Pujols signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers, meanwhile, picked up Yu Darvish, spending over $100 million to land the Japanese ace pitcher. Given that they couldn't get one out in the bottom of the 9th in their heartbreaking Game 6 loss, it might just be the best investment they could have made.

Be sure to leave time for the beach!
Other teams with questions are the Philadephia Phillies, which will need to keep Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins healthy in order to have some offense to support a strong pitching staff. In the American League East, the New York Yankees landed pitchers Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda.

There are spring training games virtually every day, but here are some of the upcoming weekend games and links to Florida vacation rentals  to help you plan your spring training vacation.

March 2-4

Saturday, March 3
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins, Fort Myers, 1:05 pm
New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Clearwater, 1:05 pm

Sunday, March 4
Atlanta Braves vs. Detroit Tigers, Lakeland, 1:05 pm
Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox, Fort Myers, 1:35 pm

March 9-11

Friday, March 9
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Boston Red Sox, Fort Myers, 7:05 pm

Saturday, March 10
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins, Jupiter, 1:05 pm
Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Dunedin, 1:05 pm

Sunday, March 11
New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins, Fort Myers, 1:05pm

March 16 - 18

Friday, March 16
Detroit Tigers vs. New York Mets, Port St. Lucie, 1:05 pm
Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays, Dunedin, 1:05 pm

Saturday, March 17
Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles, Sarasota, 1:05 pm

Sunday, March 18
New York Mets vs. Houston Astros, Kissimmee, 1:05 pm

March 23 - 25

Friday, March 23
Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, Bradenton, 1:05 pm

Saturday, March 24
Boston Red Sox vs Miami Marlins, Jupiter, 1:05 pm
St. Louis Cardinals vs New York Mets, Port St.Lucie, 1:10 pm

Sunday, March 25
New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals, Viera, 1:05 pm

March 30 - April 1

Friday, March 30
Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Yankees, Tampa, 7:05 pm

Saturday, March 31
Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Port Charlotte, 1:05 pm
St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals, Viera, 1:05 pm

Sunday, April 1
Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves, LakeBuena Vista, 1:05 pm

Games continue through April 4. Get a full schedule at Whether it's for spring break or just a quick weekend trip, book a vacation rental and enjoy some great spring baseball in Florida.