Palm Beach County unveils ten potential spring training sites

Officials surprised Vero's Dodgertown on list

Reported by: Henry A. Stephens, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

When Palm Beach County presented 10 potential spring training sites to team representatives of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals on Thursday, some said they were surprised to learn Historic Dodgertown was on the list.

According to the Palm Beach Post , the other sites on the list include Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie and eight locations in Palm Beach County.

Craig Callan, vice president of Vero Town's Historic Dodgertown operation, said it was news to him that anyone was considering the complex for spring training. He said he'd be happy to work with the county if a Major League Baseball team were interested.

"If there were any inquires about bringing a Major League Baseball team to train at Historic Dodgertown, which would include our partners with Indian River County, we would do what is in the best interest of both Historic Dodgertown and Indian River County," he said. "We know there is a certain sizzle to spring training, but we have found that the economic impact in following Peter O'Malley's vision here at Historic Dodgertown is much better under our current business model."

While Indian River County taxpayers own the Historic Dodgertown complex, the county leases it to Vero Town LLC, an organization headed by onetime Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley.

County Administrator Jo Baird said he has heard of Palm Beach County officials compiling a list of possible spring training sites in the area, but said they didn't contact him about it.

Baird said Vero Town controls the lease, and could either sublease the property or assign the lease if O'Malley and the county agreed to have a Major League team train here.

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