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Choosing The Right Fantasy Baseball Camp

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Who said camp is just for the kids? Twenty four major league baseball teams offer annual fantasy camps that are not only geared towards adults, but actually require attendees to be a minimum age, usually 25 or 30.

The structure of these camps is basically the same: they generally take place in the team’s spring training facility in January or February; they are usually about a week long and feature instructions and game action and players get their very own team uniforms which they can keep.

One of the big draws of the fantasy camps is the former major leaguers that take part in the camp as either instructors or lecturers. The quality of these big leaguers varies from fantasy camp to fantasy camp, but tend to be big names in at least the host franchise’s team history.

Other variations in Fantasy camp include cost (although they are all in the $3500 to $6,000 range) and inclusiveness (some packages include airfare and dinner, while these will be extras in others.)

The average age of a fantasy camper is between 40 and 50, and just about every camp says you don’t need much baseball experience to participate. However hey do recommend you be in good enough shape to not drop dead from some calisthenics.

We’ve listed information about all the 24 active fantasy camps below, alphabetically by team. Additionally most fantasy camps allow for a reduced price a spouse or companion to come to the camp but not participate in the baseball exercises  While most camp base their price on double occupancy hotels, you can usually upgrade to a single occupancy room for between $300 and $500 more. Some camps also offer VIP packages, which typically involve more time and a golf outing with the former player. Make sure to book as soon as possible as most camps will sell out.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Fantasy Camp
Where: Scottsdale, Arizona
When: January
How long: Six days and nights
Cost $4000 with a $500 deposit
Minimum age: 30
Special features:Authentic home and batting practice jersey. Reunion party during home game.
Scheduled to appear: Matt Williams, Mark Grace, Luis Gonzalez Joe Garagiola Sr.
Contact: 602-462-3710 http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/fan_forum/academy/fantasycamp.jsp

Atlanta Braves Fantasy Camp
Where: Kissimmee, Florida. Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort.
When: January
How long: Five days and five nights
Cost: $4,299 with a $500
Minimum age: 25
Special features: Rates for spouses. Welcome party
Scheduled to appear: Javy Lopez, Steve Avery, Sid Bream, Zane Smith
Contact: 404-614-1526

http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/fan_forum/fantasycamp.jsp?c_id=atl

Baltimore Orioles Fantasy Camp
Where: Sarasota, Florida. Lido Beach Resort Hotel
When: January
How long: Seven days six nights
Cost: $4.299
Minimum age: 30
Special features: Airfare from Baltimore included. Fantasy camp video.
Scheduled to appear: Mike Bodicker, Rich Dempsey, Chris Hoiles, Boog Powell
Contact: 410-547-6063

http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/fan_forum/dream_week.jsp

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Where: Fort Myers, Florida. Holiday Inn at Gulf Coast Town Center.
When: January
How long: Eight days, seven nights
Cost: $4,799
Minimum age: 30
Special features: Unlimited food and beverage happy hour every day. Pre camp golf tourney
Scheduled to appear: Luis Tiant, Rich Gedman, Trot Nixon, Mike Timlin
Contact: 617-226-6400 http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fan_forum/fantasy_camp.jsp

Chicago Cubs Fantasy Camp
Where: Mesa, Arizona. Dobson Inn Ranch
When: January
How long: Seven days, seven nights
Cost: $4,195
Minimum age: 30
Special features: Personalized baseball card. Engraved Louisville Slugger bat.
Scheduled to appear: Ferguson Jenkins, Billy Williams, Randy Hundley.
Contact: http://www.cubsfantasycamp.com/html/imagine.html

Chicago White Sox Fantasy Camp
Where: Glendale, Arizona. Residence Inn.
When: January
How long: Seven days, seven nights
Cost: $4,195
Minimum age: 21
Special features: Personalized baseball card. Guaranteed game on main field.
Scheduled to appear: White Sox greats.
Contact: 312-674-5398. http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/fantasy_camp.jsp

Cincinnati Reds Fantasy Camp
Where: Avondale, Arizona. Hilton Garden Inn
When: February
How long: Eight days, seven nights
Cost: $4,600 first time, $4,200 veterans
Minimum age: 30
Special features: Certified umpires. Campers vs. Pros game.
Scheduled to appear: Johnny Bench, Eric Davis, Chris Sabo, Tom Browning
Contact: 800-755-REDS http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/fan_forum/fantasy_camp.jsp

Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp
Where: Goodyear, Arizona. Renaissance Courtyard.
When: January
How long: Eight days, seven nights
Cost: $4,800 first time, $4.400 veterans.
Minimum age: 30
Special features: Daily camp newspaper. Seven game schedule.
Scheduled to appear: Mike Hargrove, Corey Snyder, Pat Tabler, Mike Jackson
Contact: 216-420-HITS http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/cle/fan_forum/fantasycamp_main.jsp

Colorado Rockies Fantasy Camp
Where: Scottsdale, Arizona. Scottsdale Plaza Resort
When: February
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Cost: $4,350
Minimum age: 21
Special features: Airfare included. Championship game
Scheduled to appear:Rockies greats.
Contact: 303-312-camp http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/col/fan_forum/fantasycamp.jsp

Detroit Tigers Fantasy Camp
Where: Lakeland, Florida.
When: January
How long: 8 days, seven nights
Cost: $3,595 first time, $3,295 veteran.
Minimum age: 21
Special features: Airfare included. Games under the lights. Match up against Yankee campers.
Scheduled to appear: MIckey Lolich, Mike Heath, Frank Tanana, Willie Hernandez
Contact: 313-471-2550. http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/fan_forum/fantasy_camp.jsp

Houston Astros Fantasy Camp (none)
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Kansas City Royals Fantasy Camp
Where: Sunrise Florida
When: January
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Cost: 3,995
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Scheduled to appear: George Brett, Hal McRae, Brian Montgomery
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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Where: Tucson, Arizona. Doubletree Suites
When: January
How long: Seven Days, six nights
Cost: $4,250, $500 deposit
Minimum age: 30
Special features: All meals paid for. Coaches vs. Campers game.
Scheduled to appear: Rod Carew, Tim Salmon, Mickey Hatcher, Dave Frost
Contact: 818-585-3179 http://www.ladabc.com/index.php

Los Angeles Dodgers Fantasy Camp
Where: Tucson, Arizona. Doubletree Suites
When: January
How long: Seven Days, six nights
Cost: $4,250, $500 deposit
Minimum age: 30
Special features: All meals paid for. Coaches vs. Campers game.
Scheduled to appear: Rick Monday, Bill Russell, Jerry Reuss, Paul LoDuca
Contact: 818-585-3179 http://www.ladabc.com/index.php

Miami Marlins Fantasy Camp (None Offered)
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Milwaukee Brewers Fantasy Camp
Where: Phoenix Arizona.
When: February
How long: Eight days, seven nights
Cost: $4199
Minimum age: 30
Special features: Includes round trip airfare from Milwaukee. Reunion game at Miller Park during the season.
Scheduled to appear: Gorman Thomas, Jim Gantner, Cecil Cooper, Rob Deer
Contact: 414-321-8605 https://secure.mlb.com/mil/fan_forum/fantasy_camp_form.jsp

Minnesota Twins Fantasy Camp
Where: Fort Myers, Florida. Crowne Plaza Hotel.
When: January
How long: seven days, seven nights
Cost: $4195 first year, $3695 veterans
Minimum age: 30. 25 with an older parent.
Special features: Reunion game at Target Field. Cy Young, MVP and other awards
Scheduled to appear: Rod Carew, Bert Blyleven, Kent Hrbek, Frank Viola, Tom Brunansky
Contact: 888-446-TWIN http://yuratwin.com/twins-fantasy-camp-info/register-now.php

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New York Mets Fantasy Camp
Where: Port St. Lucie, Florida. PGA Village Resort.
When: January
How long: six days, five nights
Cost: $4395
Minimum age: 30
Special features: Airfare included. Personalized videos.
Scheduled to appear: Mookie Wilson, Bobby Wine, Rodney McCray
Contact: 718-559-3035 http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/fan_forum/fantasycamp.jsp

New York Yankees Fantasy Camp
Where: Tampa, Florida. Sheraton Suits.
When: November, January
How long: Six days, five nights
Cost: $4,995 (1950 for women’s mini camp)
Minimum age 30 (21 for women’s mini camp)
Special features: Full authentic uniform
Scheduled to appear: David Wells, Lou Piniella, Luis Tiant, Bucky Dent
Contact: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/fan_forum/fantasycamp_testimonials.jsp

Oakland A’s Fantasy Camp
Where: Phoenix, Arizona
When: January
How long: seven days, six nights
Cost: $3,500 regular, $4975 VIP
Minimum age: 30
Special features: Golf with major Leaguers, custom maple bat. (VIP)
Scheduled to appear: Dave Henderson and other Oakland greats
Contact: 877-993-7338 http://hendersonbaseball.com/As1.html

Where: Philadelphia Phillies Phantasy Camp
When: January
How long: Five days/four nights
Cost: 4,895 player 3,890 GM
Minimum age. 30 for player, 21 for GM
Special features: Can go as player or GM. Game against legends
Scheduled to appear: Mike Schmidt,Greg Luzinski, John Kruk, Larry Anderson
Contact: 610-42-3400 http://www.philliescamps.com/PhantasyCamp/pages/experiences_player.html

Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Camp
Where: Bradenton Florida.
When: January
How long: Seven days, six nights
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Scheduled to appear: Steve Blass, Richie Hebner, Bob Walk, Zane Smith
Contact: 1-800-BUY-BUCS

San Diego Padres Fantasy Camp
Where: Tucson, Arizona. Doubletree Suites
When: January
How long: Seven Days, six nights
Cost: $4,250, $500 deposit
Minimum age: 30
Special features: All meals paid for. Coaches vs. Campers game.
Scheduled to appear: Randy Jones, Derrell Thomas, Garry Templeton
Contact: 818-585-3179 http://www.ladabc.com/index.php

San Francisco Giants Fantasy Camp
Where: Scottsdale, Arizona. Marriott Suites
When: January
How long: Eight days, seven nights
Cost: $4,400
Minimum age: 25
Special features: Airfare included. Three nights of dinner.
Scheduled to appear: Robb Nen, Gaylord Perry, J.T. Snow, Vida Blue
Contact: 1-800-411-1919 http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/fan_forum/fantasycamp/package.jsp

Seattle Mariners Fantasy Camp
Where: Phoenix, Arizona
When: January
How long: seven days, six nights
Cost: $3,500 regular, $4975 VIP
Minimum age: 30
Special features: Golf with major Leaguers, custom maple bat. (VIP)
Scheduled to appear: Dave Henderson and other Seattle greats
Contact: 877-993-7338 http://hendersonbaseball.com/As1.html

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St. Louis Cardinals Legends Camp
Where: Jupiter, Florida. Marriott Palm Beach Gardens.
When: January
How long: Five days, four nights
Cost: $5,000, $6500 VIP
Minimum age: 30
Special features: VIP’s get gold with players. Proceeds benefit Hire Heros.
Scheduled to appear: Ozzie Smith, Dave LaPoint, Tom Pagnozzi
Contact: 1-866-915-HERO http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/fan_forum/fantasy_camp.jsp?loc=details

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