JUPITER, Fla. - The final pitches of spring training baseball will be thrown Thursday in South Florida.
The Cardinals, Marlins, and Mets will all play their final games before they leave to get ready to start the regular season.
The Marlins and Cardinals will play at 1:05 p.m. in Jupiter at Roger Dean Stadium.
The Mets will take on the Washington Nationals at 12:10 p.m. at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.
According to Roger Dean Stadium General Manager Mike Bauer, attendance has been up this spring training.
He says both the Cardinals and the Marlins on average are seeing a couple hundred people more every game this year.
He thinks the cold winter up north drove more people to South Florida this season.
This spring training ends with a buzz about the possibility more teams may come to this part of Florida to start their seasons.
The Houston Astros are looking to move from their current facility in Kissimmee.
They have looked at several locations in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.
Astros owner Jim Crane says he would like to have a new deal in the next six months.
After Thursday, the Cardinals head to Memphis, Tenn., for an exhibition game before their opening day matchup in Cincinnati against the Reds.
The Marlins have two more spring training games against in the Yankees before the regular season begins. Those games will be on Friday and Saturday in Tampa.
Miami will open their regular season at home on March 31 against the Colorado Rockies.
The Mets will play the Toronto Blue Jays in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Friday and Saturday. New York will play at home on Opening Day against Washington Nationals.
Roger Dean Stadium's minor league schedule gets started in one week. The Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals both have home games on April 3 at Roger Dean.