Scottsdale is no stranger to baseball. Every spring, thousands of baseball fans from across the country flock to the desert metropolis to soak up the sun and enjoy Cactus League Spring Training Baseball. But now, Scottsdale is home to a new baseball-themed facility that allows fans and players to play the sport year round.
Scottsdale Batting Cages is an indoor baseball and softball facility where players of all ages and skill levels can step into the batting cage. Whether you're a casual baseball fan looking for a fun diversion, or you're an amateur player seeking to perfect your game, the new facility offers a fun, low-pressure environment for perfecting your swing.
Scottsdale Batting Cages is a new indoor baseball and softball facility in north Scottsdale. — Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Batting Cages
The equipment at Scottsdale Batting Cages includes six batting tunnels, three state-of-the-art "Iron Mike" self-feeding machines and two "Hack Attack" machines, one for baseball and one for softball. The pitching machines can hurl pitches as fast as 85 miles per hour. Softball players can opt to use one of the slow-pitch machines.
For pitchers, there are also practice pitching mounds. To ensure the most professional play experience, Scottsdale Batting Cages uses only real leather baseballs. All the batting cages are retractable, so the facility can be turned into one giant infield for indoor play.
Scottsdale Batting Cages is the brainchild of veteran MLB catcher Chad Moeller. Moeller's professional resume is extensive. The California native was in the big leagues for 11 seasons, playing for the Minnesota Twins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. He was even a member of the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks World Series team.
After retiring, Moeller found a calling in coaching and opened Chad Moeller's Baseball, a private baseball coaching business. The venture has been so successful that Moeller decided to open a new facility to accommodate more students and baseball fans.
Although the facility is geared toward baseball and softball players and teams, anyone is welcome to step into the batting cages. If you want a regular workout, you can sign up for a membership plan that includes unlimited monthly use of the facilities.
Along with regular batting practice, the facility also hosts regular baseball clinics and sports camps. Scottsdale Batting Cages can also be reserved for birthday parties and special events, too.
Scottsdale Batting Cages is located behind CrackerJax fun park, which makes it a convenient stop if you're looking for more family-friendly fun. Non-member rates are $15 for 15 minutes, $30 for 30 minutes or $50 for a full hour of batting cage time.