Nothing stirs the blood of baseball fans quite like “pitchers and catchers report.’’ A harbinger of the coming season, the words mean players are reporting for duty in Florida and Arizona and spring training is about to be in full bloom. The 30 major league teams begin workouts by the end of next week and play games every day in March. Most die-hard fans dream of making at least one late-winter pilgrimage to Florida or Arizona to watch their favorite players and top prospects. Spring training is much more popular than it used to be, and that has its drawbacks. Crowds are the norm, it’s harder to approach players and the beer is overpriced, just like in the regular season. You might even have to buy tickets from scalpers for exhibition games, for Pete (Rose’s) sake.
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