State lawmakers are running the bases for spring training, as they put a provision in the pending tax bill that could toss $50 million toward building a two-team stadium in north county just four miles from Roger Dean Stadium.
That provision is dependent on budget negotiations between the House and Senate. Monday lawmakers agreed to spend $3.3 million each year as of 2015 to help local governments woo Major League Baseball teams with new or upgraded parks.
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Staff writer Bill DiPaolo contributed to this story.
2013 Spring Training season
Miami Marlins – Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
15 Games; 65,496 total attendance; 4,366 average per game
Largest Crowd: 6,934 vs. New York Yankees, Friday, March 8
St. Louis Cardinals – Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
16 Games; 98,715 total attendance; 6,170 average per game
Largest Crowd: 7,629, vs. Detroit Tigers, Saturday, March 16
Houston Astros – Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee
16 Games; 53,602 total attendance; 3,350 average per game
Largest Crowd: 5,013, vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, March 10
Toronto Blue Jays – Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin
16 Games; 78,509 total attendance; 4,907 per game average
Largest Crowd: 5,561, vs. Detroit Tigers, Saturday, March 9
Source: Governor’s Office