Here’s the press release:
The 2009 World Champion New York Yankees announced today they will open their 2010 Major League spring training schedule on Wednesday, March 3 at 1:05 p.m. vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
In addition, the Yankees announced that ticket prices for 2010 spring training games at George M. Steinbrenner Field will remain the same as last season, marking the second straight year the Yankees have carried over the same prices from the previous spring.
The Yankees will play a 33-game Grapefruit League schedule that will include 16 home games. In addition, the Yankees will play a home exhibition game against their minor league stars in their spring training finale on Saturday, April 3, at George M. Steinbrenner Field, in which all fans in attendance will receive a commemorative championship ring.
Included in the Yankees’ home exhibition games are six night contests (7:05 p.m. start time) on Thursday, March 11 vs. Atlanta; Tuesday, March 16 vs. Houston; Thursday, March 18 vs. Tampa Bay; Wednesday, March 24 vs. Washington; Friday, March 26 vs. Philadelphia; and Tuesday March 30 vs. Toronto.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Wednesday, February 17, with the first workout scheduled for Thursday, February 18. The Yankees’ first full-squad workout is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24.
This will be the Yankees’ 15th spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. The complex was renamed for the Yankees’ Chairman on March 27, 2008, following two unanimous resolutions supporting the change issued by the Hillsborough County Commission and the Tampa City Council. The resolutions cited Mr. Steinbrenner’s many charitable donations to youth activities, hospitals and the arts and recognized his numerous extraordinary contributions to the area.
Season tickets for the Yankees’ 2010 home exhibition schedule will go on sale at the beginning of December. Individual-game spring tickets will go on sale in January. For information, fans should call (813) 879-2244 or visit www.steinbrennerfield.com or www.yankees.com.
2010 NEW YORK YANKEES EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
(All times are Eastern and subject to change. ss=Split Squad)
Date Opponent/Location Time
Wed., Mar. 3 PITTSBURGH 1:05 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 4 Philadelphia at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 5 TAMPA BAY 1:05 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 6 TORONTO 1:05 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 7 Minnesota at Ft. Myers 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 8 PHILADELPHIA (ss) 1:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Bradenton (ss) 1:05 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 9 PITTSBURGH 1:05 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 10 Detroit at Lakeland 1:05 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 11 ATLANTA 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 12 Washington at Melbourne TBD
Sat., Mar. 13 BALTIMORE (ss) 1:05 p.m.
Detroit at Lakeland (ss) 1:05 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 14 Pittsburgh at Bradenton 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 15 Off Day
Tue., Mar. 16 HOUSTON 7:05 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 17 Philadelphia at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 18 TAMPA BAY 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 19 DETROIT (ss) 1:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte (ss) 1:05 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 20 Houston at Kissimmee TBD
Sun., Mar. 21 DETROIT 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 22 Philadelphia at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 23 Off Day
Wed., Mar. 24 WASHINGTON 7:05 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 25 Baltimore at Sarasota TBD
Fri., Mar. 26 PHILADELPHIA 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 27 Detroit at Lakeland 1:05 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 28 DETROIT 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 29 Baltimore at Sarasota TBD
Tue., Mar. 30 TORONTO (ss) 7:05 p.m.
Atlanta at Lake Buena Vista (ss) TBD
Wed., Mar. 31 MINNESOTA 1:05 p.m.
Thur., Apr. 1 Toronto at Dunedin 1:05 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 2 BALTIMORE 1:05 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 3 YANKEES FUTURE STARS 1:05 p.m.
UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Here’s the official word on that Yankees Future Stars game.
It’s going to be between the big league Yankees and the upper-level minor leaguers, guys who were just cut out of big league camp and some Double-A guys who are on the fringe of making the Triple-A team. It will be played at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
If you’re like me and really enjoy the player development side of baseball, you should be excited for that game. Even if you only care about the big league club, that game should provide a look at the guys who will be coming and going to help the major league roster throughout the year. That’s a pretty cool way to wrap up spring training.