The New York Yankees are mere weeks away from beginning their Spring Training work at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL, with World Baseball Classic participant Nestor Cortes Jr. reporting early to get in shape for the big event.
Damn. Gonna be lonely doing the dugout gum toss all by himself, but there's no one we'd expect to handle it better than Nasty Nestor.
The ceremony and bombast of Truck Day is about to begin, signaling just the start of a long journey toward (hopefully) the Yankees' 28th World Series title this fall. The season will look a little different, thanks to a balanced schedule that removes several games against AL East competition in favor of expanded matchups with the rest of the league.
The spring? That'll look the same as it ever has, and it begins as soon as you turn the corner.
When does Yankees Spring Training begin at Steinbrenner Field?
Games begin on Feb. 25 on the road in Clearwater, but the Yankees' first contest at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa is a split-squad battle with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, Feb. 26. Ticket prices are reasonable, but you'd better hop on them now (and they escalate as the competition improves).
When do pitchers and catchers report to Yankees Spring Training?
Pitchers and catchers will report to Steinbrenner Field on Feb. 16, though Cortes will reportedly have to show up Feb. 13 to get the ball rolling. He also might, uh, already be there doing offseason workouts; for instance, Aaron Judge was spotted a few weeks back. This is all ceremonial. Cut us a break.
Yankees Spring Training at Steinbrenner Field: Key Details, Fun Facts
George M. Steinbrenner Field is among the most professional spring facilities in the game -- and it had better be, considering it hosts the Yankees' Low-A team, the Tampa Tarpons, all summer long. It's also a hop, skip and a jump across Dale Mabry away from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, which explains why Aaron Judge stopped by with Nestor, Mike Tauchman and Corey Kluber to catch a Bucs game before he flew to California to finalize his decision.
Spring Training gameday parking is $15 at GMS, an 11,000-seat stadium built in 1996. The stadium sits on a 31-acre complex, which represents (hopefully) the number of titles the Yankees franchise will have won by the end of 2026.