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Never been to Spring Training? Going in 2019? Here’s some things to keep in mind."It’s almost that time of year folks! Pretty soon pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training and Spring Training games will follow shortly. Spring Training is one of my favorite times of year because it’s the only time you can see your favorite big leaguers on the same field as some of your favorite teenage prospects. Arizona is beautiful in February and it’s a wonderful escape from the often dreadful Kansas City weather. If you’re planning on going to Surprise to see some early Royals action this spring Dustin McGowan Jersey , here are some things to keep in mind while planning your trip.1.) Book your flights ASAPIf you don’t already have the Hopper app, download it. The Hopper app identifies airline prices on the market and tells you exactly when to book. Hopper suggests you should be booking flights from KC to Phoenix for Spring Training RIGHT NOW. You can currently leave Kansas City on Friday 2/22, the day before the Royals first ST game, for $236 on American Airlines. That price is only going to get exponentially higher as we get closer to February. Planning on flying to Arizona? Book now.2.) Make sure to check the location of your hotelThe Royals Spring Training complex is located in Surprise, AZ, which is roughly a 40 minute drive from downtown Phoenix. The Royals first game, on Saturday, will be played in Surprise. Their second game, on Sunday, is played in Mesa, AZ, which is roughly 10-15 minutes from Phoenix, in the opposite direction of Surprise. There are plenty of hotels to choose from when staying in Phoenix, just make sure you know where you’ll be visiting before you book. Uber is in Phoenix , so there’s no problem getting back and forth between sites, just make sure you center your hotel to minimize Uber costs!3.) Buy your tickets online before you goYou can almost always find good deals on game tickets online. There are currently tickets to game one on Seat Geek for $14. The lines at Surprise Stadium can sometimes get lengthy and, from my experience (it’s entirely possible you’ve had different experiences), the tickets online are often cheaper than tickets at the box office. Skip the line and save a few bucks by buying tickets online before you get to the game.4.) Take plenty of things to be autographedOne thing that plenty of fans love about Spring Training is the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite players. The games don’t matter, players are happy to just be back on the field, and are almost always willing to sign a few autographs. Take a few baseballs or your favorite jersey, show up an hour before game time and see if you can’t get your favorite Royals player to sign something for you before the game.5.) Pack some warm clothesThe weather in Arizona can be both beautiful and fickle. Last year I attended the Royals second game of the spring at the A’s stadium in Mesa. The sun was beating down on the fans behind home plate for the first 6 innings or so, and it felt like it must’ve been 90 degrees. Then the sun started setting behind the press boxes behind home plate and the temperature felt like it dropped 50 degrees. Make sure you have a jacket for when the sun goes down. It seems counter intuitive, but deserts get cold at night.6.) Make sure to eat at an In-N-Out BurgerThere is a lot of hype surrounding burger joints like In-N-Out and Whataburger that can’t be found in Kansas City. Having eaten at both, I can tell you that In-N-Out Burger is objectively better than Whataburger. If you’ve never eaten at an In-N-Out, and you’re headed west for Spring Training, make sure to slide in and get a burger. To be fair, it’s not life changing, but it’s a fun place to stop in and get lunch before a baseball game and you can’t get it at home Adeiny Hechavarria Jersey , so enjoy.7.) Go play a round of golfPhoenix is home to some beautiful golf courses. The Talking Stick Resort has one of my favorite golf courses that I have ever played on. TPC Scottsdale, the PGA course, is in the Phoenix area. Take a morning before the games start and play a round of golf on one of Arizona’s beautiful courses.So there ya go. Spring Training is one of my favorite times of the baseball season. The games don’t matter, and the level of play is certainly not as good as playoff baseball, but there’s nothing like watching all-world players play with minor leaguers on the same field. The weather is fantastic, baseball has returned, and the Phoenix area is just generally beautiful. Hopefully this helps if you’re headed out for the first time this spring. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The New York Mets are shutting down right-hander Zack Wheeler for the rest of the season as a precaution, ending a career-best year in which he logged nearly 100 more innings than 2017.Manager Mickey Callaway said before Wednesday night’s game at Philadelphia that they’d be “probably taking the best care of him” by holding him out of his final two starts.“I feel like I had a good season,” Wheeler said. “I would have liked to have finished it out, but getting 100 more innings than last season without doing that much the past 2½ years, I think it makes sense to kind of shut it down and not really push it.”Wheeler missed two full seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015. He returned last season and was 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts. After beginning this season in Triple-A following a difficult spring training, Wheeler was called up in April and went 12-7 with a 3.31 ERA in 29 starts while throwing 182 1/3 innings.“He always knew he could be this guy. But when you’re actually that guy it kind of opens your eyes to, OK, I’ve got this and I’m going to move forward with it Sergio Romo Jersey ,” Callaway said. “So hopefully this is a big stepping stone for him in his career.”The 28-year-old Wheeler was dominant after the All-Star break, going 9-1 with a 1.68 ERA and solidifying his hold as the No. 3 starter behind Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.Wheeler allowed four runs and three hits in seven innings while earning the win in his final start on Monday against the Phillies, the same night New York was eliminated from postseason contention.Wheeler said ending his season early was a collective decision made between he and his agent, Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland.“I feel good for the most part,” Wheeler said. “The body, after this long, was kind of wearing down a little bit. But if I really needed to like for a playoff push, I could go out there and finish it up. That’s not why I’m stopping. It’s just being smart.”Wheeler’s emergence has brought confidence that the Mets will have a solid rotation in 2019.“I think we all made strides,’ Wheeler said. “Jake’s going for the Cy Young. I had a good second half. Steve (Matz) is looking like a new and better pitcher and I’m happy to see that. Noah has been hurt for the most part this year, but he’s taken some great strides lately to get back to where he was. And (Jason Vargas) has turned his season around. So hopefully we can all stay on this path.”Callaway said Corey Oswalt will start in Wheeler’s place on Saturday at Washington.