WEST PALM BEACH — The Nationals and Astros are on the way to sharing a new spring training site in 2017.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred attended Monday's groundbreaking ceremony for the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
When the $144 million complex opens, it will end an 18-year absence of spring training baseball in West Palm Beach. The Braves and Expos left the area in 1997. The Nationals currently train up the Florida coast in Viera. The Astros are now in Kissimmee.
Hall ballot: Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are among 15 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot and will face a newly trimmed electorate along with steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Crystal River native Mike Hampton is also among the 32 players eligible for the first time. Results will be announced Jan. 6.
Angels: Slugger Albert Pujols is recovering after surgery on his right foot. The team said Pujols is expected to resume full baseball activities in 4½ months, which would be late in spring training.
Indians: Outfielder Michael Brantley will likely miss the start of next season after right shoulder surgery.
Twins: They won the bidding for negotiating rights to Byung Ho Park, a 29-year-old first baseman who totaled 105 home runs over the past two seasons in Korea.