Texas Rangers unveil alternate MLB training site schedule

Opening day for the Texas Rangers and the rest of Major League Baseball is tomorrow, but for prospects, their eyes and minds are on their next challenge: the alternate practice site.

Last season saw the creation and implementation of alternate practice sites for teams as the minor league baseball season was canceled due to COVID-19. For the month of April, the teams will once again use another training site. These sites will accommodate up to 28 players who are not currently active on a major league roster and will have rules similar to Spring Training.

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The idea is that near the big league club, players can be safely activated and brought up in a quick manner. For the Rangers, that means their alternate site is at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. In a press release, the team has just announced its schedule for the month of April:

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However, only Season Members, Sequel Holders and Sponsors will have access to the first exhibition games. Dell Diamond may increase its capacity before the start of the Triple-A season on May 6. However, that would require an MLB-approved plan.

In the same press release, Round Rock Express President Chris Almendarez expressed his excitement at bringing baseball back to Round Rock:

“We are thrilled to bring Dell Diamond affiliate baseball back through the Rangers Alternate Training Site,” said Round Rock Express President Chris Almendarez. “We have a plan in place that initially allows Season Express members, sponsors and suite holders to take advantage of these Spring Training-type exhibition games, but we are working to increase our capacity before the day of the event. opening Express. With Globe Life Field in Arlington opening 100% this season, we are working with the Texas Rangers and Major League Baseball to develop a similar plan.

Barring any setbacks, there will be a minor league season this year, and the Alternate Training Site exhibition games are just one more way for teams to prepare.

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