March 5, 2011; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) takes batting practice before a spring training exhibition game against the New York Mets at Disney Wide World of Sports complex. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Gearing Up for the 2013 Season

With every passing day, spring training is that much closer to getting here.  Braves pitching camp has already began and a few others have joined to get a head start on spring training including Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer.  As the rest of January flies by, here are a few significant dates to look forward to.

Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves fans watch the game from the hill in left field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

January 22 – February 2

Atlanta Braves Caravan rolls through five states (Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee)


February 4-20

Salary arbitration hearings held (if necessary)


February 11

Voluntary Spring Training report date for pitchers, catchers and injured players


February 12

Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers reports


February 15

Atlanta Braves full squad reports


February 20

Mandatory date that all non-World Baseball Classic players must report


February 22

First Grapefruit and Cactus League games


February 22

Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves, 1:05pm ET, ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida


March 2

World Baseball Classic first round games begin


March 8-12

World Baseball Classic second round games in Tokyo, Japan


March 12-16

World Baseball Classic second round games in Miami, Florida


March 17-19

World Baseball Classic Championship round in San Francisco, California


March 30

Final Grapefruit and Cactus League games


March 31

Opening Night: Texas Rangers at Houston Astros, 8pm ET, ESPN


March 31

Active rosters have to be trimmed to 25


April 1

Opening Night for Atlanta: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves, 7:10pm ET, ESPN


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