Spring Training Officially Opens Today

The Detroit Tigers officially open spring training today with a game against the New York Mets. The weather won’t e as warm as yesterday, but hopefully we’ll have no rain.

The Mets are bringing their A team to the game today. Unfortunately, I mean their Single-A team. MLB requires spring training teams take at least five players from the major league roster to every away game. That’s exactly what the Mets are doing today: Ryan Church,Ramon Castro, Pedro Feliciano, Jorge Sosa and Mike Pelfrey are the MLB players scheduled to appear in Lakeland.

When you go to the park be prepared for a couple of changes: parking went up to $7 and don’t try to turn left onto Lakeland Hills Blvd. from Al Kaline. That’s a right turn only now. You can solve both problems by getting to the game early and parking at the church at the corner of Grenada and Lakeland Hills. Parking there was just a $3 donation last year.

For those who read Lakeland Local on email or through a feed…remember there all all kinds of spring training maps and links on our home page special Spring Training column.