If things works out as many people hope, Palm Beach Gardens could end up saving Major League Baseball’s spring training tradition along Florida’s east coast. If that sounds like hyperbole, consider this:
After several departures in recent years, just four teams still hold spring training on the east coast. One of those – the Washington Nationals in Brevard County – is seeking to leave, complaining that the distances to other teams’ stadiums is too far. If the Nationals leave, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins would be allowed to bolt their leases at Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium. The New York Mets could ditch Port St. Lucie. The domino effect could leave the area with no spring training teams at all, ending a decades-long presence.
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