From SABR member Eno Sarris at ESPN.com on March 10, 2016:
The Major League Baseball regular season is already a six-month, 162-game grind, complete with teams playing all but a few days per month and the only discernible time off during the season coming from the All-Star break — at least for those who aren’t All-Stars.
So if the regular season is already a day-after-day grind, why is spring training so long? Fans full of anticipation want to get the real games going, and even now, still fairly early in March, pitchers have been in camp for almost three weeks, with another three to go.
So what’s the ideal length of spring training? As you would expect, it all depends on who you’re asking and his role on the team. I discovered that quickly as I made my way around the various spring facilities here in Arizona. Let’s hear what everyone from reporters to managers to hitters to starting pitchers to relief pitchers had to say about spring training length.
Originally published: March 11, 2016. Last Updated: March 11, 2016.