Cactus League Teams
There are 15 teams in Cactus League that train in Arizona before the regular season, and are briefly described below, in alphabetical order.
Arizona Diamondbacks was established in 1998 in Phoenix, Arizona. The young team is competing in the MLB as a member of the National League West division. In spring training the D-backs train at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. In 2001 they have won one World Series Championship, after only three years of activity.
The Chicago Cubs are based in Chicago and were established in 1876. The team is member of the Central division of the National League. During the spring training the Cubs play at Sloan Park, Mesa, and during the regular season home games, they play at Wrigley Field on the city’s North Side. The team was named White Stockings in 1876, but became the Chicago Cubs in 1903. The team was the first to win 2 consecutive World series in 1907 and 1908. After a period of 71 years when the Cubs haven’t won any World cup, they went in the post season games eight times.
Also based in Chicago, the White Sox are member of the American League Central division. They train at Camelback Ranch, Glendale in the spring season and play their at home games at U.S. Cellular Field on the city’s South Side. It was established in 1900, originally named Chicago White Stockings. The best performances of the club were in 1906, 1917, 1919, and 2005 when they won the World Series. In 1959 and 2005 the Chicago White Sox also won the AL pennant.
Established in 1881, the Reds compete in the MLB as a member of National League Central division. The club is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and during the spring training they share the Goodyear Ballpark stadium at Goodyear with the Cleveland Indians. They have won 9 National League pennants, one American Association pennant, 10 division titles and 5 World Series.
The team is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and was established in 1894. They play in MLB as a member of the American League Central division. Throughout the ages, the Indians had been known as Grand Rapids Rustlers (1894–1899), Cleveland Lake Shores (1900), Cleveland Bluebirds (1901), Cleveland Broncos (1902), Cleveland Naps (1903–1914), and from 1915 to today, they are the Cleveland Indians. The club won 2 World Series titles in 1920 and 1948.
The Colorado Rockies are a young team established in 1993 and is based in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies are a member of the National League West division and play in the MLB. The home field is Coors Field in Lower Downtown, and they train at the stadium shared with the D-backs, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. They have won one National League championship in 2007, but never a division title.
The Kansas City Royals was founded in 1969 and is based in Kansas City, Missouri. They compete in the MLB as a member of the AL Central division. The Royals’ home stadium is Kauffman Stadium (formerly known as Royals Stadium), and they spend their spring training at Surprise Stadium, Surprise, that they share with the Rangers. Most notable performances of the Royals were in 1985 and 2015 when they won the World Series.
Based in Anaheim, California, since 1966, the Angels of Anaheim baseball club was established in 1961. They compete in the MLB as as member of the American League West division. Their current home stadium is Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and they train at the Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe during the spring training season. The club won three division titles in a row, the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons.
The Dodgers was established in 1883 in Brooklyn, New York, and is based in Los Angeles, California since 1958. They are member of the National League West division and compete in the MLB. In the spring season they train at Camelback Ranch, Glendale, and their home stadium is Dodger Stadium since 1962. The Dodgers had quite an impressive performance in the past, with 6 World Series titles won, 21 NL pennants, 1 AA pennant and 15 West division titles, plus 11 NL MVP awards.
The Brewers were established in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots, in Seattle, Washington. After only one season the team relocated in Milwaukee, becoming the Milwaukee Brewers. In their early years they played as a member of the American League West (1969-1971), East (1972-1993) and Central (1994-1997) divisions, and since 1998 the Brewers are member of the National League Central division. Today they train at the Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix. The team’s greatest success was in 1982 when they won the World Series.
The A’s are member of the American League West division, competing in the MLB. The teams was founded in 1901 as the Philadelphia Athletics. In 1955 they changed their name to Kansas City Athletics and from 1968 to today they are known as the Oakland Athletics. The A’s home stadium is Oakland Alameda Coliseum, and during the spring training they go to Hohokam Stadium, Mesa. The A’s have won 9 World Series titles (1910-11, 1913, 1929-30, 1972-74 and 1989), 15 AL pennants, and 16 West division titles.
The Padres are based in San Diego, California since 1969. They play in the MLB as a member of the National League West division. During the spring season, they train at Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, and they play their home games at the Petco Park since 2004. Their best successes were winning 2 NL pennant in 1984 and 1998, and 5 West division titles: 1984, 1996, 1998, 2005-06.
Established in 1883 as the New York Gothams and New York Giants three years later, the team moved to San Francisco in 1958 to become the San Francisco Giants. They play in the MLB as a member of the National League West division. Their home games are held at the AT&T Park, and they train at Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale during the spring training. As one of the most successful clubs in the MLB, the Giants won 8 World Series titles, 23 NL pennants and 8 West Division titles.
Nicknamed the M’s, the Mariners play in the MLB as a member of the American League West division. Established in 1977 in Seattle, Washington, the team takes pride in the few successes they had. Their best performances were when they won the West division titles in 1995, 1997 and 2001. The M’s hold their home games at the Safeco Field (1999–present) and they train during the pre-season at Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, that they share with San Diego Padres.
Last in this list, the Texas Rangers were established in 1961 as the Washington Senators. They moved to Texas after 10 years of activity, becoming the Texas Rangers. The club is based in Arlington, Texas, and they played in the MLB as a member of the American League East division from 1969-1971 and from 1972 to today in the West division. In the spring training they play at the Surprise Stadium, Surprise they share with Kansas City Royals, and their home games are held at the Globe Life Park in Arlington since 1994. Even though the Rangers haven’t won the World Series title yet, they won 2 AL pennants in 2010 and 2011 and 7 West Division titles.