Astros courting Blue Jays while Dunedin watches from sidelines
Three months after news broke that the Toronto Blue Jays were considering ditching their Dunedin spring training home for Palm Beach Gardens on Florida's east coast, Dunedin officials still haven't managed to schedule negotiations with team officials.
Jays president Paul Beeston has yet to follow up on Mayor Dave Eggers' emails and phone calls with concrete plans. Eggers' last communication with Beeston was about a month ago.
But city officials say they're not discouraged by what appears to be a cold shoulder from the team, which has never held spring training anywhere but Dunedin.
The Jays' lease doesn't expire for another four years, and city officials said they understand that the team has a responsibility to explore all options.
Unless they hear negotiations are off, Dunedin officials say they will continue visiting other spring training ballparks, meeting with merchants and other stakeholders, and drafting a brochure that showcases what Dunedin and Pinellas County have to offer a Major League Baseball team.
Meanwhile, the Houston Astros are very candid about their efforts to woo the Jays away to a proposed two-team stadium in Palm Beach Gardens, where the Astros hope to create a spring training hub alongside three other nearby teams.
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