Braves pitchers and catchers will report to spring training earlier than usual Feb. 11 and open the Grapefruit League schedule Feb. 22 against the American League League champion Detroit Tigers in a home game at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
It’s the earliest spring-training game ever for the Braves. Across the majors, spring training is earlier this year to accommodate the World Baseball Classic in March, being played for the first time since 2009. The Braves open their Grapefruit League schedule with back-to-back home games against the Tigers and Yankees Feb. 22-23, then travel to Bradenton, Fla., to face the Pirates on Feb. 24.
The Braves play 18 home games at Champion Stadium including four night games against Washington (March 1 and March 21), Detroit (March 7), and the Yankees (March 16).
Braves pitchers and catchers have their first workout Feb. 12. Other position players are due to report Feb. 14, and the first full-squad workout is Feb. 15. There are three off days in the schedule this spring, two more than usual, and the Braves finish their Grapefruit League scheduled March 29 against the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., before traveling to Pearl, Miss., for a March 30 game vs. Braves prospects and minor leaguers.
The Braves open the regular season April 1 at home against Philadelphia.
BRAVES SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE
22-Tigers at Disney 1:05 p.m.
23-Yankees at Disney 1:05 p.m.
24-Pirates at Bradenton 1:05 p.m.
25-Marlins at Disney 1:05 p.m.
26-Nationals at Disney 1:05 p.m.
27-Tigers at Lakeland 1:05 p.m.
28-Phillies at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.
1-Nationals at Disney 6:05 p.m.
2-Astros at Kissimmee 1:05 p.m.
3-Tigers at Disney 1:05 p.m.
4-Mets at Port St. Lucie 1:05 p.m.
5-Yankees at Tampa 1:05 p.m.
7-Tigers at Disney 6:05 p.m.
8-Blue Jays at Disney 1:05 p.m. SS
8-Astros at Kissimmee 1:05 p.m. SS
9-Yankees at Tampa 1:05 p.m.
10-Marlins at Disney 1:05 p.m.
11-Nationals at Viera, 1:05 p.m.
12-Cardinals at Disney 1:05 p.m.
13-Marlins at Jupiter 7:05 p.m.
14-Cardinals at Jupiter 1:05 p.m.
15-Mets at Disney 1:05 p.m.
16-Yankees at Disney 5:05 p.m.
17-Mets at Port St. Lucie 1:05 p.m.
18-Phillies at Disney 1:05 p.m.
20-Pirates at Disney 1:05 p.m.
21-Nationals at Disney 6:05 p.m.
22-Phillies at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.
23-Astros at Disney 1:05 p.m. SS
23-Blue Jays at Dunedin 1:05 p.m. SS
24-Nationals at Viera 1:05 p.m.
25-Mets at Disney 1:05 p.m.
26-Tigers at Lakeland 1:05 p.m.
28-Astros at Disney 1:05 p.m.
29-Astros at Kissimmee 1:05 p.m.;
30-Mississippi Braves at Pearl, Miss. 3:05 p.m.
Notes: SS-indicates split squad games; times are Eastern and subject to change; TV, radio games will be announced at a later date.