Colorado Rockies announce their plans on where they will end their Spring Training

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 05: A detail of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick during a spring training game between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies on March 5, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 05: A detail of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick during a spring training game between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies on March 5, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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In a press conference on Thursday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies announced that they will travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico, the home of their Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, to finish their spring training slate of games in 2019.

The Colorado Rockies held a press conference this afternoon in Albuquerque and in that press conference, the team announced that they will conclude their spring training games at the end of March by playing their Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, in Albuquerque for one game on Monday, March 25 at Isotopes Park before starting the regular season later that week.

The Rockies also announced a few weeks ago that on March 9 and 10 that they will stray away from Arizona during Spring Training and travel to Monterrey, Mexico to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks.

While many teams usually finish their Spring Training games against other MLB teams in MLB stadiums (or in former MLB stadiums in the case of the Toronto Blue Jays who have finished their spring slate in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium for the past number of seasons), a few other MLB teams have a tradition of doing this as well.

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The St. Louis Cardinals are, perhaps, best known for finishing their spring training slate by playing their Triple-A team in Memphis to end the season. Additionally, other teams like the Baltimore Orioles (Triple-A Norfolk, Virginia), the Kansas City Royals (Triple-A Omaha, Nebraska), the Chicago White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte, North Carolina), and the San Diego Padres (Triple-A El Paso, Texas) all did this to end Spring Training in 2018.

Albuquerque is roughly the half way point between Coors Field and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona (the spring training home of the Rockies) as it is between 400 and 450 miles away from each stadium.

However, for the Rockies, they will not continue on to Denver after the game in Albuquerque as they will start their 2019 season in the state of Florida, the home of the Grapefruit League in Spring Training, as they will open the season in Miami against the Marlins on Thursday, March 28 in the opener of a four game set.

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They will then head on to Tampa to face the Rays in a 3-game interleave series before having their home opener on April 5 against their arch rival, the back-to-back National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in a three game set.

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