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There are few things more convenient than living near one’s workplace. The stress of commuting is minimal when the office is 10 minutes away by car, and sunny days afford the opportunity for leisurely walks home at sunset while coworkers sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Baseball players have to travel the country during the regular season, so this scenario isn’t an option for six months out of the year. The one time when this scenario does, in fact, play out for them is during spring training, when all activity is localized either at the Grapefruit League’s training facilities in Florida or the Cactus League’s facilities in Arizona.
Read ahead to see where some of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars live during spring training.
By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 06 March 2012
Location: Coral Gables, Fla.
Square footage: 8,212
Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees is an archetype of athletic excellence, a man who shatters long-standing baseball records as often and as effortlessly as most people do the laundry. When he’s not on active duty as a living legend, he’s in spring training, and he owns a home in Coral Gables, Fla., that allows him to be near the Yankees’ spring training facility in Tampa.
The single-family dwelling was built in 1952. It isn’t for sale, but if that changes anyone wishing to live the A-Rod lifestyle will need to have plenty of cash on hand — the average list price for a home in the Sunrise Point neighborhood is $3,464,286, according to Trulia.com.
Location: Gilbert, Ariz.
Bathrooms: 6 ¾
Square footage: 6,790
Andre Ethier has been playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2005. He was born in Phoenix, Ariz., and his home in Gilbert is southeast of his hometown and in close proximity to Glendale, where the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch training facility is located.
Ethier’s single-family home was built in 2003, according to Trulia.com. Although Trulia states that the average list price for a similar home is more than $2 million, its 85298 zip code is the site of homes with a much more affordable average list price of $282,899.
Location: Tampa, Fla.
Square footage: n/a
Derek Jeter has been a member of the New York Yankees for his entire Major League Baseball career. He joined the team in 1995 and 17 years later, he’s still the Bronx Bombers’ shortstop, a remarkable run by any standard.
Jeter owns a home in Tampa, the city where his team conducts its spring training. Few details about the house are known, although county records state it sits on 1.17 acres of land. The value of the house is not known, but the average list price for a home in its Davis Islands neighborhood is $1,151,165.
Location: Davie, Fla.
Square footage: 10,548
Ichiro Suzuki has played right field for the Seattle Mariners since his 2001 Major League Baseball debut after playing in Japan’s Pacific League for nine years. He has more than held his own in the U.S., as his record-breaking hitting clearly attests.
Suzuki is the owner of a single-family home in Davie, Fla. that was built in 2005. It has marble flooring, two garages and over 1,500 square feet of covered patio space. He bought the home in September 2011.
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Square footage: 3,797
Grady Sizemore is a native of Seattle who’s played for the Cleveland Indians since 2004. During high school he played not only baseball but football and basketball, excelling in all three. But “America’s Pastime” won out, and it’s been a successful arrangement for all parties concerned.
Sizemore’s home is located in a tranquil cul-de-sac in Scottsdale, Ariz. It features a heated pool in the backyard, a covered patio and a fireplace.
Location: Weston, Fla.
Square footage: 12,000
Hanley Ramirez plays both third base and shortstop for the Miami Marlins. The father of two and fan of rapper 50 Cent was already a standout baseball talent in high school, and he was setting batting records in his first year in Major League Baseball.
The infielder owns a luxurious mansion in the Weston, Fla., gated community known as Windmill Reserve. The single-family lakefront home has marble and wooden flooring, a gym and granite counters. It was built in 2007.
Location: Chandler, Ariz.
Square footage: 3,479
Ervin Santana is a starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, making his Major League Baseball debut in 2005. Despite some visits to the disabled list, he’s become a force to be reckoned with, pitching a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in 2011.
Santana’s home is a single-family dwelling in Chandler, Ariz., that was built in 2003. He purchased it in 2010 for $393,700, a downright frugal price tag by the standards of many professional athletes. However, it still bought him 10 rooms, two stories and an 8,932-square-foot lot to put it all on.
Location: Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Square footage: 6,505
Matt Kemp is an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers who made his Major League Baseball debut in 2006. In 2011, the Oklahoma native was a National League leader in runs scored and total bases, and he stole 40 bases that season.
Kemp owns a single-family home in Arizona’s Paradise Valley that was built in 1999 and sits on a 57,717-square-foot lot. He purchased it in December 2010 for $2,050,000, and it includes a six-car garage.
Location: Tampa, Fla.
Square footage: 10,548
Aroldis Chapman pitches for the Cincinnati Reds. He’s only been with the team since 2010 so he doesn’t have a long record to brag about yet. But nothing can take away the pitch he threw in a September 2010 game that was clocked at 105 m.p.h., the fastest ever recorded.
Chapman bought a home in Tampa in September 2011. The single-family dwelling was built in 2005 and features a gym, marble flooring and coral stone balconies, as well as a “custom BBQ/bar area overlooking a one-of-a-kind waterfall pool/spa,” as the real estate listing breathlessly describes.
Location: Tampa, Fla.
Square footage: 7,495
Nick Swisher is the son of former baseball player Steve Swisher. He has played for the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago White Sox and, most recently, the New York Yankees, and he owns a home in Tampa that puts him right in the backyard of the team’s spring training facility at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Swisher’s home is not for sale, according to Realtor.com, but should he change his mind, potential future owners should be aware public records indicate they’ll pay approximately $499,284 for the privilege.