Originally Posted by JaxRed
Vero has mixed reviews as a facility these days. The ballpark itself is a little "old school" to say the least. I didn't see the practice facilities.
If Sarasota falls thru, then I assume the other Flordida sites that were in the game recently, get back in. For 48 hours, it looked like Orioles might not stay in Ft Lauderdale, and the Orioles drove up the coast and talked to Vero.
Vero claims to be talking to "other clubs". I'm not sure who/why they are talking to anyone, but if I'm the Reds, I'm working a backup plan just in case Sarasota falls thru.
Vero is open in 2008. Bonita Springs would have to build something. And the Indians had been considering a sharing arrangement with Braves in Orlando. Could Bonita build something in 10 months if Sarasota fall apart? I have my doubts.
So Vero and/or Orlando could be new permanent homes or stopgaps to Bonita Springs.
The Vero beach Minor League facilites are incredible. Off the top of my head I can't think of another team on par with them. The Yankees, Mariners/Padres and Mets have nice facilites. The Pirates used to but that was 12-15 years ago.