Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dunedin, Milwaukee Brewers haven't huddled on spring training move

DUNEDIN — Contrary to impressions left by media reports, the Milwaukee Brewers have not had talks with the city of Dunedin about relocating here for baseball spring training.

For months, the media and Major League baseball enthusiasts have closely followed every move of the Toronto Blue Jays, who have held spring training in Dunedin since the team was founded, and the Houston Astros, who train in Kissimmee. The Jays and Astros are pursuing a proposal for a joint spring training stadium in Palm Beach Gardens on Florida's east coast.

The Jays' contract with Dunedin expires in December 2017.

After the Tampa Bay Business Journal noted in a story about Dunedin and the Blue Jays last month that the Brewers and Washington Nationals are nearing the end of their existing leases, the Journal's Milwaukee sister paper contacted the Brewers and asked whether the team would consider trading its Phoenix spring training digs for Florida.

Brewers executive vice president Bob Quinn vaguely replied that "we are reviewing all of our options and have not ruled anything out at this point." But that was enough to spark news reports this week suggesting that the club is formally considering a move to Dunedin.

Not so. Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers told the Tampa Bay Times that he hasn't talked to the Brewers or any other team since telling the Jays last month that he would start reaching out to potential replacement teams.

"I plan to start making those calls early next week," Eggers said Thursday.

Those preliminary talks, he told commissioners last month, would include a simple introduction, information about all Dunedin and the Tampa Bay region have to offer, and an invitation to formally sit down to discuss teams' wants and needs.

The Jays' main frustration with Dunedin, team president Paul Beeston has said, is the 3.5-mile distance between the city's 5,509-seat, 12-acre stadium on Douglas Avenue and the 23-acre Englebert Complex on Solon Avenue where players train.

Many new spring training stadium complexes now occupy 100 acres or more. Dunedin parks and recreation director Vince Gizzi said at least 50 to 60 acres would be required to combine stadium and practice facilities. Dunedin, which is mostly built out, doesn't have many large, vacant parcels of land.

The city only briefly considered one of the largest vacant tracts in the city — the 23-acre former Nielsen property on Patricia Avenue — for a new stadium/training complex before determining it is too small.

Meanwhile, the Palm Beach Post reported Friday that about 200 residents attended a Palm Beach Gardens City Hall meeting Thursday to oppose the city council's consideration of a 117-acre Jays-Astros complex.

Residents fear the stadium would bring food and garbage trucks, team buses, scalpers, drug- and alcohol-infused tailgating, car thefts and break-ins that would destroy their neighborhoods' tranquility, endanger children walking to school and threaten the city's reputation, the paper reported.

Palm Beach Gardens council members said they've received scant details about the proposed stadium and haven't formed opinions on the project yet. But they were criticized Thursday for unanimously approving an ordinance that would reduce the amount of natural preserve land the city has to set aside should the project move forward.

Officials responded that the ordinance could apply to construction of other projects built on government-owned land, like a fire station or post office — not just a stadium.

Keyonna Summers can be reached at (727) 445-4153 or

Dunedin, Milwaukee Brewers haven't huddled on spring training move 12/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 11:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics


    Winner of the week 1: 'Liquor wall’ proponents. Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of a bill to allow Walmart, Target and other big box stores to sell liquor was a victory for an array of groups, from smaller merchants and Publix (which has stand-alone booze shops near its stores) to those who feel the hard stuff …

  2. Review / photos: Sunset Music Festival brings Major Lazer, safety upgrades to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa


    Somewhere beyond the barricades and mountainous LED stages of the Sunset Music Festival, there had to be worry. There had to thousands of parents in parking lots and empty kitchens, anxiously distracting their minds, every now and then checking their phones.

    Major Lazer headlined the Sunset Music Festival on May 27, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  3. 24-year-old man charged with murder in shooting at Andrea Cove Motel

    LARGO — Pinellas sheriff's officers arrested a 24-year-old transient man Saturday in connection with a homicide at the Andrea Cove Motel in unincorporated Largo.

  4. Photo gallery: Calvary Christian rolls to state title


    View a gallery of images from Calvary Christian's defeat of Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers for the Class 4A title.

    Calvary Christian players circle up on the field before the FHSAA class 4A baseball championship against Pensacola Catholic on Friday May 27, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Calvary scored 6 runs in the first inning, and had 7 hits.
  5. Two girls found safe after being reported missing in New Port Richey

    UPDATE: Both girls were found safe Saturday night, police said.