Braves now courting North Port for spring training facility
The writing has been on the wall for over a month: the Atlanta Braves aren't interested in spring baseball in Pinellas County.
The first rumblings were reported in early February that the Braves' interest in the 245-acre Toytown site, a former landfill, was wavering.
When team representatives didn't show up for the first meeting with Pinellas County officials later in February, the message seemed clear enough that the team had moved on.
This morning, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that the Braves are intersested in building a 7,500-seat stadium and adjacent complex in North Port. Braves President John Schuerholz said the team is excited to work with local officials about the project.
The team is also interested in Palm Beach County. Or, at least was interested a few weeks ago.
The Braves lease on their current digs near Orlando expires in 2017.