MetsBlog’s guide to attending workouts at Tradition Field (with map)

Mets pitchers and catchers will host their first official workout of spring training on the backfields of the Tradition Field starting today, Monday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I know people think the games are what it’s all about. However, this time of year, I love attending the workouts. It’s no-pressure, intimate, casual and fun to see the guys focused and working on specific aspects of the game. If you have kids, it’s a great place to go, watch and talk about the game as a collection of skills, not just the strategy.

The team trains on five to six practice fields behind Tradition Field. It’s wide open, but organized with path ways to walk from field to field. In the middle of the four big practice fields are stands, benches, bathrooms and a concession stand with grill, drinks, etc. I recommend the chicken sandwich…

Here, fans are also able to lean against the fence and hear Terry Collins and his coaching staff instruct and work with their players. Terry is also known for hanging on the fence to have random group talks with fans, answering questions and listening to – in some cases – pretty honest feedback. It’s very entertaining…

Obviously, autographs are a big thing  this time of year as well. Players will occasionally stop between drills, though that’s not always the case. They do have a job to do. Instead, it’s best to catch them at the end of practice, usually running between fields or exiting the back field to the clubhouse.

Here’s a map I drew on to try and show where fans are able to walk, starting when camp opens to the public each day, as well as good spots to get autographs and talk with players…

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The team will often mark off spots to get autographs, as well, and there is plenty of security to talk with if you have questions.

If you have other questions, call the ballpark at 772-871-2115.




16 comments
Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo

Does anyone have an idea if the full squad practices on Sundays during ST? Don't know whether they have the day off or its an optional workout day. Thinking of headed down this weekend and didn't want to waste my time Sunday if nothing is going on.

John Pace
John Pace

Matt,

Would there be some way to turn this into a permanent post and give people the ability to add suggestions as are appearing in the comments? People may not be going to spring training this year, but when they do, this would be a valuable resource and a way to share hints.

ladymetfan
ladymetfan

I walked over to Tradition this past Saturday: around 2 pm, Ike Davis & Josh Satin came out of the players parking lot, signed a bunch of autographs, and then there were only 2 cars left in the lot: David Wright & Daniel Murphy. People who have been going over regularly know whose car belongs to whom! Spring Training is very unlike CitiField- everyone is relaxed & no posse surrounding the guys. I recommend Port Saint Lucie highly. Especially "Saint Lucie WEST", which is where the field is located. It is a completely separate entity from the other side of town. The players eat in the same restaurants as you do here. They are used to it & no one bothers them. I figure if they get a soothing comfort food meal in them from DUFFYS, they will play better!!

Spring Training got us to invest in a home in FL. We are now Florida residents. We subscribe to MLB.TV to get the regular season games, as we get SNY on Comcast down here, but the actual games are blacked out.

LGM.

David Schoenfeld
David Schoenfeld

so weird seeing this map beingthat i was there a month ago doing mets fantasy camp, which is amazing btw.

Jerry
Jerry

This is helpful info, thanks. 

Beth Zatkowsky
Beth Zatkowsky

yup done that. and they all talk to fans from A to major league guys

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

This is the kind of stuff I like to see. New, different posts!

The Feels band
The Feels band

Does anyone from NYC/NJ area wanna drive down to ST with me?! Split gas and tolls and stuff! It'd be sweet. 

flushed
flushed

"Players may quickly stop quick"? Is that some kind of agility drill?

Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo

@ladymetfan My wife and I are in Jacksonville and do the same thing only with Uverse and MLB.TV. What stinks is that in addition to the games being blacked out on SNY they also blackout mets classics. It isn't the end of the world but it would be nice especially during rain delays. We're thinking about heading down this weekend, we'll see.
I'd like to try to get some autographs too. I've got some in past years but haven't been able to  go in last couple years. I'm still yet to get Harvey, Wheeler, Lagares, d'Arnaud and of course any new additions to this years team. Hopefully the weather stays nice. Any word on special guests this year? I got Piazza a few years ago when he was coaching team Italy. I heard Koufax was there a few years ago too, shame I missed that.

Matthew Hochman
Matthew Hochman

@ladymetfan  My folks live in PSL,  We used to come down for Spring Training every year,  but now that the kid is in High School, it's harder to get away,    PSL gets a bad rap,  but you'll run into players all over the place.    If anyone does go to Duffy's and plans on going a bunch, get an Allstar Card,  It's worth it! (oh and don't forget happy hour,  2 drinks for the price of one)  and the Sesame Wings are awesome!


Spring Training itself is so laid back,  Even when games start, if you sit along the bullpens the players will occasionally just chat with fans,  We had a running convo with Jenrry Mejia for almost an entire game a couple years ago,   Even Cerrone came by at one point.   :)