Spring Training is back in full swing and before you know it, exhibition games will be played under the hot Arizona sun. The Royals play their first Spring Training game this Friday vs the Texas Rangers. However, before Friday comes along, here’s everything you need to know for the Kansas City Royals’ Spring Training.
Where is Spring Training?
The Royals have trained in Arizona since 2003, calling Surprise Stadium their home. They also share the facilities there with the Texas Rangers.
Surprise Stadium features a variety of seating options from grass seating areas in the outfield to club seats on the stadium’s second level. The stadium is handicap accessible and is served by nearby parking areas and a variety of concessions. Field dimensions of Surprise Stadium are 350-feet down the lines, 379-feet in the power alleys and 400-feet to center field.
How Many Games do They Play?
In all, the Royals play a total of 32 spring games, including three split-squad games. They will head up north the weekend before the season and play two exhibition games indoors in Milwaukee on March 23 and 24.
They then open up the regular season on Thursday, March 26 in Chicago against the White Sox. You can see the complete schedule here.
How Can I Watch/Listen to the Games?
The Royals announced a new TV deal with Fox Sports Kansas City on Tuesday. It was also announced that they will broadcast eight Spring Training games this year.
When the games are not on TV, you can listen to them on The Royals Radio Network, which is made up of 98 affiliate stations throughout the Midwest in six states. Royals’ Hall of Famer and 2007 Ford C. Frick Award winner Denny Matthews will be behind the microphone for his 51st season.
Who Will be Playing for the Royals this Spring?
The Royals have 29 position players and 39 pitchers in camp. They will have to lower that down to 26 players for the opening day roster.
You will see some familiar faces like infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield, outfielder Jorge Soler, catcher Salvador Perez, and many others returning for the 2020 season. However, you will see some new faces down in Arizona such as third baseman Maikel Franco and relief pitchers Chance Adams and Trevor Rosenthal.
You will also see a glimpse of the future of the Kansas City Royals with starting pitcher Brady Singer, outfielder Nick Heath, and relief pitcher Daniel Tillo. You can see a complete roster here and also check out which players you should be watching here. That is everything you need to know for the Kansas City Royals’ Spring Training.
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