Sports Spotlight: Spring Training

Catie McArthur

Spring is quickly approaching and that means that baseball season is upon us! The Royals are in Surprise, Arizona for spring training currently and have been seeing daily highs in the 60s and 70s. Pitchers and catchers reported on February 12th and the rest of the team joined them on the 17th. 

The team played their first spring training game on February 21st and will continue to play nearly everyday up until March 24th. Their first regular season game is March 26th against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. Following the series in Chicago, the Royals will be traveling to Detroit to take on the Tigers. The team’s home opener will be on April 2nd facing the Seattle Mariners. 

Spring training is a time for teams to evaluate their players and see who will earn a spot on the starting lineup for the beginning of the season. With the Royals being under new management due to the retirement of Ned Yost, there is even more that needs to be figured out during this month long pre-season period. Manager Mike Matheny has brought in a lot of new faces to the Royals bullpen in an attempt to solve their pitching woes. 

Several familiar faces return as well: Salvador Perez, Whit Merrifield, and Jorge Soler . This will most likely be a very transitional season for the Royals and will be interesting to watch the changes that are starting now, take place during the regular season. The sports complex will be back and alive very soon, and die hard KC sports fans cannot wait!