The Pinellas County Commission pulled the final trigger Tuesday on dedicating $41.7 million in bed taxes for upgrades to the Toronto Blue Jays’ stadium and spring training facilities, a pledge that amounts to covering more than half of the project. Read more here.
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In an effort to keep the San Francisco Giants training in the Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix have hatched a plan to move the baseball team’s year-round training program to Papago Park. The Giants will continue hosting home Spring Training games at Scottsdale Stadium, which is expected to undergo a $60-million makeover in the coming years. Read more here.
The Milwaukee Brewers broke ground Tuesday on the Maryvale Baseball Park project in Phoenix (AZ). Read more and view renderings here. Meanwhile, the team celebrated the 25th anniversary of The Sandlot movie with the two-minute video below:
ICYMI: You’re (still) killing me, Smalls. pic.twitter.com/257xYFkwdN
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 20, 2018
In compiling information to draft articles for the USA TODAY Spring Training Preview, Joe Mock of BaseballParks.com partnered with data-mining firm ReviewTrackers to look at all 23 spring-training ballparks. Surprisingly, Ed Smith Stadium, the spring-training home of the Baltimore Orioles, came in at #1 for overall fan experience. Intrigued to dig deeper, Mock talked with baseball architect Janet Marie Smith, Orioles’ Executive VP John Angelos, Manager Buck Showalter, pitcher/broadcaster Jim Palmer, and designer David Schwartz. The complete rundown and interviews/quotes are available here.
If you are planning to experience spring training in Arizona and love tasting new food items, azcentral.com has provided their foodie guide for the 2018 season, so you know what’s new and delicious at all 10 Cactus League stadiums. Read more and view photos here.
The Milwaukee Brewers will contribute $56-$60 million to an overhaul of the Maryvale Baseball Park complex in time for 2019 Spring Training. A doubling of clubhouse space, new workout amenities including a massive weight room and a practice field that mimics the dimensions of Miller Park, and significant improvements to the main stadium concourse are planned. Read more and watch video here. View more renderings here.