Finally, the Grapefruit and Cactus League schedules kick into high gear this week. Log on to keep pace with the rites of spring, when tickets are cheap, the games—and players—are friendly, autographs are easy to obtain, and even the Chicago Cubs have World Series dreams.
The virtual version of Spring Training magazine has schedule information for every club, and ratings of the 100 minor league prospects most likely to make a hit in camp. On the site's history link, relive the days when the Cubs trained on Catalina Island.
Fastball, the baseball supersite, posts daily reports from all 30 major league camps; maps and directions to each site, and links to listings of postgame attractions in every spring city. There's also a handy division-by-division rundown of free-agent signings, so you can learn the rosters before players learn each other's names.
Get your mouse in midseason shape at Major League Baseball's official site, which has all the necessary spring training info—scores, recaps, standings, stats—as well as an affectionate last look at the scintillating 1998 season.
sites we'd like to see
Mike Tyson's on-line diary of time spent in solitary confinement.
MP3 format album of hits penned by Garth Brooks during a tour with the San Diego Padres.