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March 4th

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1913 The Yankees become the first team to train outside of the United States when they start spring training in Bermuda. The team's island ballpark in Hamilton is a converted cricket field, and most of their competition is provided by the Skeeters, a local team from New Jersey.

"We are sorry that certain players will not be present for portions of spring training. These players have elected to participate in the World Baseball Classic. The World Baseball Classic is an event sanctioned by the commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The New York Yankees did not vote to support this event." - A sign by the customer service booth at Legends Field.

Prior to the exhibition game scheduled to be played at Legends Field in Tampa, the Yankees, using a sign outside the park, apologize to the fans for the absence of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon and Bernie Williams, due to their participation in the World Baseball Classic. Bronx Bombers boss George Steinbrenner had abstained when the owners approved the World Cup styled tournament at the urging of baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

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