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Japanese team in Cactus League? It could happen

The Cactus League is expanding by three teams this spring and one more in 2010, but it could end up being even larger under a plan to add a Japanese team to the mix as part of a proposal to bring a year-round training facility to Tucson Electric Park. Massachusetts-based Baseline Group, which works on […]

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Sarasota scales back financial offer to O’s

The effort to bring the Baltimore Orioles to Sarasota is on life support after the Sarasota County Commission scaled back their financial offer to the team, offering $22 million toward a renovated Ed Smith Stadium. There was no immediate reaction from the team; the Orioles had been asking for $57 million, which would build a […]

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O’s ask for more from Vero Beach; city balks

Yesterday’s deadline set by Indian River County and Vero Beach officials for the Baltimore Orioles to make a commitment to Dodgertown has come and gone with the Orioles instead making a counteroffer that goes far past the initial offer of $13 million in ballpark improvements and 37.5 acres of land. In fact, the land is […]

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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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