In less than six months, the 2020 Marlins will begin their World Series pursuit (or at least, their pursuit of finishing higher than fifth place in the NL East). The MLB Spring Training schedule was announced Monday.
Some key dates for the Fish:
- Feb. 12—pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter, Fla.
- Feb. 17—first full-squad workout
- Feb. 22—Grapefruit League opener vs. Mets
- Feb. 23—first home game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium vs. Nationals
- Mar. 22—final Grapefruit League games (split squad)
- Mar. 26—Opening Day vs. Phillies at Marlins Park (4:10 p.m. first pitch)
Overall, that is 31 games in 30 days. Thursday, March 5 is the only full off day.
For those curious, the full Grapefruit League and Cactus League (Arizona) schedules are posted below. The Marlins have been members of the Grapefruit League since 2003.
In case you missed it, the 2020 regular season details came out last week.
It shouldn’t need to be stated again, but there is no correlation between team/individual results in Spring Training and real games. None! The Marlins posted winning records in the Grapefruit League in both 2018 and 2019; they have the worst regular season record in the National League during those two years combined. Despite consecutive springs of big production, Lewis Brinson, for example, has performed at sub-replacement level when it actually counts.
Nonetheless, this figures to be the most highly anticipated spring that this organization has had in awhile. The 2020 Marlins project to lean heavily on talented, homegrown players. Even those who aren’t locks for the Opening Day roster—Sixto Sánchez, Jesús Sánchez, Jazz Chisholm, Monte Harrison, etc.—will workout and play with the big leaguers (health permitting).
Spring Training is a prime opportunity for fans to witness the future with better access than MLB regular season games and at a fraction of the price. Take advantage of it!
During the offseason, we’ll find out official start times, broadcast information and ticket prices/availability.