Spring training serves many purposes for the great American game and business of baseball. The primary objective, of course, is to get the players into the best possible physical condition for the arduous, 154-game pennant races during which the championships of the two major leagues are decided. During this conditioning process young players and others who may have been obtained in trades are inspected and tested in practice sessions, squad games, and exhibition contests.
Stockton, J. Roy
"Spring Training in Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 39
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol39/iss3/3