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Orioles, Sarasota move closer on spring pact

The prospects of a Baltimore Orioles move to Sarasota for spring training brightened significantly last week when the team agreed to a reduced budget and offered $5 million toward maintenance toward a new complex. The Orioles are still sticking with the idea of replacing Ed Smith Stadium, the current spring home of the Reds, with […]

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O’s face opposition in Sarasota spring plan

The Baltimore Orioles and Sarasota County have reached an impasse in negotiations for the team’s potential move to Sarasota — and the impasse is very serious, causing the Orioles to send Cal Ripken Jr. to the Gulf Coast city yesterday in an effort to sway some opinions. The Orioles are proposing a $65-million makeover of […]

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New for 2009: Camelback Ranch

The new Glendale (Az.) spring home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox will be named Camelback Ranch, as the teams (for now) eschew a naming-rights deal. The announcement was made by Dodger Owner and Chairman Frank McCourt and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “Camelback Ranch in Glendale soon will be known as […]

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D-Backs virtually certain to shift spring operations to PHX

The Arizona Diamondbacks confirmed ongoing talks with four potential operators of spring-training sites in the greater Phoenix area, including the Gila River Indian Reservation. (We hinted at this yesterday with a reference to a river running through of the potential spring-training training sites.) The Diamondbacks have trained at Tucson Electric Park since the team’s inception, […]

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Sarasota, Orioles continue spring-training discussions

Sarasota officials say they need a little time to review a proposal from the Baltimore Orioles for a $65-million spring-training complex. As discussed in last night’s county commission meeting, the proposal calls for revenues generated from the tourist tax to pay for a renovation of Ed Smith Stadium, currently the spring home of the Cincinnati […]

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Reds break ground on new Arizona spring facility

The Cincinnati Reds paved the way for a 2010 spring-training move with a groundbreaking of a new Goodyear, Az. spring-training complex. The $33-million complex, located south of Interstate 10 along Estrella Parkway, doesn’t look like much now: it’s basically a dusty field like so many other dusty fields in the southwestern corner of Phoenix. But […]

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Dodgers raise the bar for spring-training tix

One of the great joys of spring training is the relatively cheapness of the best seats in the ballpark. You need to work pretty hard to spend more than $35 on a prime behind-the-plate ducat. The Los Angeles Dodgers are blowing that formula right out of the water. After announcing the team’s spring-training schedule — […]

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Dodgertown to get even quieter with closure of business center

Dodgertown and Holman Stadium, which will sit empty during Spring Training 2009, may be even quieter after Aramark basically shuts down operations at the Dodgertown Sports and Conference Center in Vero Beach. Aramark served notice to the state that 98 employees would be laid off — which, we’ve been told, is basically the entire workforce […]

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