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Clearwater Blue Jays?



DUNEDIN -- The Toronto Blue Jays have indicated unhappiness with their spring training facility in Dunedin. Among other things, the city’s aging stadium is almost four miles from the team’s training complex and, these days, Major League teams like to cluster all their spring train facilities in one location.

Meanwhile, Palm Beach Gardens is angling to have the Blue Jays move across the state to a new Palm Beach County stadium complex. Dunedin officials don’t yet know what the Blue Jays want, but if a new Pinellas stadium is in the works, the county might have to dip a bit into bed tax money to help build it, County Commission Chairman Ken Welch said Friday  -- that is, if Dunedin and the Jays can come to some workable compromise..

If not, Welch offered another possible option: Expand practice fields around Bright House Field and have the Blue Jays share that stadium with the Philadelphia Phillies.

"We don’t want to go straight there. I don’t want to pre-empt anything Dunedin is doing,’’ Welch said. "But I think we need to keep our options open.’’

[Last modified: Friday, April 26, 2013 7:56pm]


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