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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