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Orioles down to Fort Myers, Sarasota as future spring home

With multiple deadlines at play, the Baltimore Orioles appear close to making a decision about moving spring-training operations to Sarasota or Fort Myers. In both situations, the team would play at an existing facility: Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota or City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Ed Smith Stadium could be available to the […]

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Cactus League attendance down 5 percent, despite new teams

The official numbers confirm what many in baseball have been saying: attendance is down 5 percent in Cactus League games this spring despite the full-time addition of the Indians and Dodgers to the mix. That’s a surprise: many expected the Cactus League to receive a boost from the move of Los Angeles and Cleveland from […]

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Could Cubs end up back in Grapefruit League?

In his annual spring meeting with reporters, Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney admits the team’s days at Mesa’s HoHoKam Park are numbered and says the team is looking at a new spring-training home. The issue: the team practices at Fitch Field and plays at HoHoKam Park. While HoHoKam Park is a perfectly fine facility and the […]

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Spring attendance down; sellouts rare

Spring-training attendance is down some 20 percent this spring when compared to 2008, as teams struggle with smaller crowds. Teams in the Cactus League are averaging 4,472 fans per game, down from 5,719 in 2008. It’s still relatively early, of course; we’re still not to the point where any schools are out for spring break, […]

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Dodgertown without the Dodgers

We all knew this would be a rough spring in Vero Beach, the first for the community after the departure of the Dodgers from Dodgertown. Now Indian River County is scrambling to bring back baseball, but the chances are amateurs, not pros, will on the field. Today, the storied Dodgertown complex sits empty, locked to […]

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Help us plan the future of Spring Training Online

We are already planning the next version of Spring Training Online for 2010. And as we do so, we’d like to hear from you. By all measures, the revamping of the site was a tremendous success: we doubled site traffic and the number of unique visitors to the site. The site and our book, The […]

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Join Spring Training Online at the ‘Stros spring opener!

Spring-training games begin on Wednesday, and we’ll be there, as Kevin Reichard signs copies of The Complete Guide to Spring Training at the Astros spring opener. Reichard will be in the concourse of Osceola County Stadium from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., signing the second edition of The Complete Guide to Spring Training. Drop by, say hi […]

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A Fan’s Guide to Camelback Ranch

Anyone visiting Vero Beach’s Dodgertown knows one of the joys of that historic complex was the ability to wander around and view the whole gamut of player development, ranging from scrimmages at bareboned practice fields to games at Holman Stadium. That power to wander around in mimicked in the impressive new Camelback Ranch spring-training complex […]

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Could Cubs seek new spring facility?

With Goodyear and Glendale dramatically raising the bars when it comes to new Cactus League spring-training facilities, many expect the new owners of the Chicago Cubs to opt out of its HoHoKam Park contract and seek upgrades. Our sister site, Ballpark Digest, is reporting the Cubs’ lease for HoHoKam Park and the training base at […]

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