Spring Training is just over one month away. With the Super Bowl also taking place in Phoenix this year there were some things that Major League Baseball had to work around, meaning we found out the report dates a little later than usual this year. But we’ve now got firm dates for when pitchers, catchers, and position players will be reporting.
Pitchers and catchers will report to Goodyear, Arizona for Cincinnati Reds spring training on February 14th when they will see the medical staff and take their physicals. On February 15th the Reds pitchers and catchers will have their first on-field workout. On February 19th the Reds position players will report to spring training for their physicals and then on February 20th will have their first on-field workout.
Those dates, however, don’t apply to everyone. Any player that is going to be participating in this spring’s World Baseball Classic will report earlier. Pitchers will be required to show up to their big league club’s camp by February 13th, while position players will need to be in camp by February 16th. The World Baseball Classic will start on March 8th for Pool A – which will take place in Taiwan, March 9th for Pool B – which will take place in Japan, and March 11th for Pools C and D – which will take place in Phoenix and Miami. The championship game will take place on March 21st in Miami. You can get more information on how things will play out from there, here, if you’re interested.
Not every country has finalized their roster yet for the event, but we do know that several Cincinnati Reds are expected to participate. Alexis Diaz will be on Team Puerto Rico alongside his brother Edwin. The only other player that seems to be confirmed is minor league pitcher Donovan Benoit, who helped Great Britain qualify last year.
Joey Votto has played for Team Canada in the past, but his shoulder injury leaves his status in doubt for now. Pitcher Daniel Duarte pitched for Mexico in the Olympics in 2021 and could be an option for them.