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We are closing in on the day when pitchers and catchers will report for the Rays, a day that many look forward to as the unofficial start to spring training.

However, a couple of different dates have been mentioned which is causing some confusion.

Saturday, February 21: This is the date that the Rays say “pitchers and catchers report to spring training.”

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However…

Monday, February 23: This is the date of the first workout and the Rays also say this is “when first-year Manager Kevin Cash and his staff welcome 38 pitchers and catchers to Charlotte Sports Park.”

The confusion appears to be over Fan Fest, which is also on February 21. According to the Rays, “most players and coaches are expected to attend.”

In other words, it appears the Rays have set the reporting date to coincide with Fan Fest so that the players will be in town to attend even though workouts don’t start until two days later.

So that means “10 days until pitchers and catchers report” even though most players are expected to be in town and it is 12 days until they actually have to report to Charlotte Sports Park.

Got that?

Other important dates:

Saturday, February 28: First full workout.

Thursday, March 5: First spring training game at home against the Orioles.

Friday, March 6: Rays will shave their heads in support of the Pediatric Cancer Fuondation’s “Cut for a Cure” program.

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