Houston Astros World Series trophy coming soon to Palm Beach County


The Houston Astros’ World Series trophy is coming to Palm Beach County, possibly as early as next month.

The Astros, who clinched their first championship last week, are working with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission on dates to share the trophy with residents in their spring training community.

“We want to share this with everybody who is part of the Astros family and that includes everyone in Palm Beach County,’’ Astros lawyer Giles Kibbe said Tuesday.

“We want everyone to see it and take pictures with it and just share the victory with you guys.’’

Earlier Tuesday, Palm Beach County commissioners announced informal plans to celebrate the Astros’ championship, which started in February at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the $150 million spring training complex in West Palm Beach.

Commissioners will invite Astros owner Jim Crane to attend a County Commission meeting in February to receive a proclamation. Once spring training starts, the Sports Commission might host a parade or party with Astros players.

“I can’t think of a better outcome for us, having just created the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, to have the World Series champions training here in their first season of existence,’’ Commissioner Hal Valeche said today during a commission meeting.

“That’s not to say the Washington Nationals are any slouches either,’’ Valeche added, referring to the team that shares the facility south of 45th Street with the Astros. “They did win their division. They were in the playoffs, so we’ve got two really excellent teams.

“I think we want to honor both teams, especially the Astros because it is quite an achievement to come from where they were three or four years ago, to reach the pinnacle of the baseball world.’’

The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches was built after county commissioners in November 2015 approved the project and earmarked millions of dollars in tourist-tax revenue to pay for it.

“It’s a pretty spectacular outcome for our investment in the ballpark,’’ Valeche said.

Commissioners embraced Valeche’s idea but commissioner Steven Abrams offered two questions – one serious and one in jest.

“Tell them to bring the trophy,’’ he said. “And do we get (World Series) rings.’’

No, on the World Series rings. Yes, on the trophy.

Kibbe said the trophy might be brought to The Floridian, a golf resort owned by Crane, in December. Specific dates for the trophy’s visit to West Palm Beach are still being worked out but will include a stop at City Hall.

The county also helped build Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, which opened in 1998. It is home to the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.

But the county commissions at the time didn’t offer any special honors after the Miami Marlins’ 2003 World Series win or after the Cardinals’ championships in 2006 and 2011.



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