Fans receive refunds for Dodgers spring training tickets
What had become increasingly inevitable was made official this week as Major League Baseball announced it had delayed the start of spring training games until at least early March due to the ongoing lockdown.
For the Los Angeles Dodgers, that meant canceling their first seven Cactus League games. As it stands, they won’t play their first spring training game of 2022 until a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers on March 5.
“We regret that, with no collective agreement in place, we have had to postpone the start of spring training games to Saturday March 5th at the earliest. All 30 clubs are united in their strong desire to bring players back to the field and fans back to the stands,” MLB said in its statement.
“The clubs have adopted a uniform policy which provides a full refund option to fans who have purchased tickets from the club for any spring training matches which are not taking place. We are committed to reaching a fair agreement for each party.
“Owners’ Negotiating Committee members will join an in-person meeting with the Players Association on Monday and will stay every day for the next week to negotiate and work hard to start the season on time.”
MLB hasn’t provided many details on how to get a refund, but presumably it will be a similar process once the 2020 spring training games were canceled due to the pandemic. coronavirus (COVID-19).
Fans who purchased tickets through Camelback Ranch or Dodgers.com were automatically refunded to the credit card originally used. This included single game tickets, season ticket packages and groups or suites.
Meanwhile, all customers who purchased Camelback Ranch tickets with cash were required to complete a “Refund Form for Cash Payments” document. The completed form had to be submitted, along with the physical game tickets, and mailed to Camelback Ranch Tickets via US Mail to receive a refund check.
Fans who purchased tickets from other sources and third-party vendors (StubHub, Vivid Seats, etc.) were asked to submit refund requests through the original point of purchase.
Turner and Bellinger think they can navigate shortened spring training
With the start of spring training officially postponed, Justin Turner is confident he can handle it as long as it doesn’t affect the regular season.
“Hopefully we can have a full regular season and maybe a bit shortened spring training,” he said. “Honestly, I’m not going to complain about a short spring training, but I hope to have 162 (games) complete.”
Taking a similar stance to Turner, Cody Bellinger also opines that he wouldn’t need the prototypical length of spring training.
“I always thought spring was a little too long. In terms of player position, different from a pitcher, I imagine,” he said during an appearance at the Justin Turner Golf Classic.
“I don’t know how pitchers do, especially if you’re on the East Coast and it’s cold outside. Personally, I would say a month. A little less than a month. Like I said, working in Arizona, you can go up against guys, see bullpen.
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