Check Out The State-Of-The-Art Spring Training Facility The MLBPA Is Providing For Players

State-Of-The-Art Spring Training Facility The MLBPA Is Providing For Players

Getty Image

  • Players from several teams have been working out at the state of the art MLBPA facility in Arizona.
  • Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic toured the facility and reported back with numerous images of the place.
  • Read more news about Major League Baseball here.

While everyone, players included, wait and wonder if and when the Major League Baseball season will actually get underway, players from several teams are getting their work in anyway down at the state of the art Major League Baseball Players Association facility in Arizona.

Players from the Mariners, Guardians, Giants, Reds, Dodgers, Cubs, Rangers, Pirates, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Angels, Padres and several unsigned free agents are working out on the field at Bell Bank Park in a modified version of Spring Training.

According to Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic, who toured the MLBPA facility on Monday, players who come to work out there receive T-shirts and hats with the MLB Players logo. They also get access to an “enormous” high-tech workout area outfitted with a nutrition room, a taping room, cryotherapy, hot and cold tubs, and a catering service that provides complimentary breakfast and lunch.

Related: Baseball Fans React Appropriately To Apple’s ‘Friday Night Baseball’ Announcement

One player said the MLBPA Spring Training camp is nicer than many teams’ facilities

She also spoke with several players and to say that they are impressed with the facility appears to be an understatement.

“This is probably one of the nicest facilities I’ve ever used,” said Giants outfielder Austin Slater.

Also in attendance on Monday were players like Mitch Haniger, Steven Souza Jr., Nico Hoerner, Patrick Wisdom, Joe Musgrove, Triston McKenzie, Mark Melancon, Brusdar Graterol and Anthony Banda. Others like Zack Greinke, Shane Bieber, Kyle Hendricks and Zach Plesac have also been spotted at the facility. The big rumor going around though was that Shohei Ohtani was also going to be showing up this week.

“I truly love coming every day,” Banda said. “I have some stuff that I’m working on as far as arm path stuff, and just sequencing, getting back in my groove. I’ll do a ton of mound work. I’m a big believer in that. The fact that it’s here and I can get on it whenever I want, it’s a huge relief. I used to have to scramble to see where I can get off a mound. To have this location, it’s very comforting.”

Haniger added, “I’m really, really happy that they set this up. This is just going to be big for us.”

Related: Bryce Harper Shares Photo Of Himself Wearing Uniform From The Nippon League, Fans React

“We’re trying to re-create [Spring Training] as much as possible and it’s pretty close,” said Slater, the Giants’ player rep. “The more guys (that come) the better, the more it feels like a camp. It’s important, just the camaraderie of us sticking together and unifying, while we’re still getting ready to play baseball.”

Let’s go.