Sarasota Red Sox Again?

May 8, 2008

New and elaborate spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida are now the norm while some teams play in older ball parks such as the Red Sox’ in Fort Myers, Florida. So you can understand why the Sox are exploring the idea of moving their spring training headquarters to Sarasota. Sox chief operating officer Mike Dee met with Sarasota officials recently after they called the team earlier in the month to ask about their interest once they learned the Reds were accepting a deal to relocate to Goodyear, Ariz.

Sarasota’s old proposal for the Reds would have included a $41 million renovation of the Ed Smith Complex. The Sox seem to be looking for a new facility. There is a 50-acre parcel in Sarasota that could be used to build an elaborate complex, complete with a hotel, shops, restaurants, a dorm for minor league players, and other amenities. Play ball…

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