Spring Training: The Ultimate Seattle Mariners Fan Experience In Peoria, Arizona
Watching the players practice was one of the more enjoyable parts for me. The team heads out onto the practice fields around 9:30 a.m. and goes to about 11:30 a.m. I got to the fields around 9 a.m. and they allow fans to walk around the complex.
The pitchers on the major league roster all walked to field two to warm up and the hitters went to field one to work on fielding. The minor leaguers were scattered throughout the back four fields on the Mariners side of the complex, ranging from Triple-A to Rookie League players.
Once the pitchers finished their warm-ups near 11 a.m., they entered the indoor gym facility. Field one finished infield and outfield around 10:30 a.m. and hit the cages for batting practice. Once the big league players went in for lunch at 11:30 a.m., the minor leaguers kept practicing until noon.
The fan experience here was phenomenal. I was allowed to walk virtually anywhere I wanted between the fields to watch everyone practice. Foul balls aren’t very common, but there are a few that find their way out of the fields.
It isn’t just walking and standing the whole time either. There are bleachers at each field as well as several shaded areas and bathrooms for the fans.