On Monday, the Houston Astros announced their 2017 Spring Training schedule. The St. Louis Cardinals will play their former National League Central Division rival four times – two at home and two away.
That increases the number of St. Louis’ road contests to five at the new Florida home of the Astros and Nationals – Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The complex remains on track to open in the spring.
In addition, the Minnesota Twins’ spring schedule was published last week. These two clubs – Astros and Twins – tentatively increase the number of Cardinals spring training games to 17, including 15 in the Grapefruit League.
Among the nearby Cardinals opponents to have also not yet announced their spring slates are the Miami Marlins and New York Mets. Also, at least one World Baseball Classic exhibition game seems possible.
11/7 update: On Monday, the Nationals also divulged their full spring schedule, with the new neighbor facing off against the Cardinals a total of eight times, including five at Roger Dean Stadium. Updated total is 22 spring games announced, of which 20 will be held in Florida.
11/10 update: The Cardinals have announced their full Grapefruit League game schedule, which is posted here. The next updates here at The Cardinal Nation Blog will be as spring radio and television plans for the Cardinals and their opponents trickle out over the upcoming days and weeks. So be sure to check back here!
|Fri||03 Mar||at Nationals||W. Palm Beach||1:05|
|Mon||06 Mar||at Twins||Fort Myers|
|Fri||10 Mar||at Nationals||W. Palm Beach||1:05|
|Sun||12 Mar||“at” Marlins||Jupiter|
|Wed||15 Mar||at Twins||Fort Myers|
|Fri||17 Mar||at Mets||Pt. St. Lucie|
|Sun||19 Mar||at Braves||Disney|
|Mon||20 Mar||at Astros||W. Palm Beach||5:05|
|Fri||24 Mar||at Nationals||W. Palm Beach||1:05|
|Sun||26 Mar||“at” Marlins||Jupiter|
|Mon||27 Mar||at Astros||W. Palm Beach||TBA|
|Thu||30 Mar||at Memphis||Memphis||TBA|
|Fri||31 Mar||at Springfield||Springfield||5:05|
|Mon||03 Apr||Cubs||St. Louis||3:05||reg season opener|
As had been previously announced, the Cardinals will close camp in Florida by Wednesday, March 28, as they conclude their spring exhibition campaign with single games at the homes of their top two minor league affiliates. AutoZone Park and the Memphis Redbirds will host St. Louis on Thursday, March 30 and Hammons Field fans will welcome St. Louis for a contest with Double-A Springfield on Friday, March 31.
The Cardinals will open the 2017 regular season at home against the Chicago Cubs on Monday, April 3.
As more information is known about the Cardinals spring training plans, including when tickets will go on sale, as well as television and radio schedules, you know where to find it. Of course, everything to date is unofficial and is subject to change.
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