|12-14-2007, 01:46 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Team wants to share Spring Training with Reds
Missed this before on Nov 26th and didn't see it posted:
Another undisclosed team has contacted the Reds about sharing its existing facility.
"We're open to those discussions," Allen said. "One team has called us very aggressively. As an organization, we're not opposed to sharing a stadium and the dates. But we'd want our own Minor League complex.
So, who's that team? I'll eliminate the Arizona teams, and anyone that's sharing a facility now.
Atlanta - (Orlando) - First team that comes to mind since there were talks to have Indians play there
Washington - (Viera - Melbourne) - Two reasons, one is Reds connection with Nats staff, second is area around ballpark has a lot of room, and third is area is growing rapidly and could support two teams.
Minnesota - (Ft Myers) A team that might want to share facilties, costs. Twins connection.
Pittsburgh - (Bradenton) - Only 5 miles from Sarasota. Facilities getting improved. A team that might want to share costs. But would the Reds want McKechnie as their stadium?
Detroit - (Lakeland) - Just can't think of a reason to dismiss it. They might want to share
Houston - (Kissimee) Newly renovated stadium, lots of green space around it for more facilities http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osceola_County_Stadium The stadium is not used for Florida State games, so having Sarasota Reds there would be a "plus".
St Louis and Marlins (Jupiter) - these teams both share a facility already. But someone is negotiating with Vero Beach and I think Cards are a possibility. If Cards leave Marlins might want a replacement.
Baltimore (Ft Lauderdale) - They are wrestling with their own problems now, unless they think adding a team makes it work for everyone
Boston - Why would they want us
Yankees - Why would they want us
Mets - Why would they want us
Tampa Bay - Totally brand new facility, can't see the need for them to want to share
Philadelphia - Brand new facility, I can't believe they need to share
Toronto - Stadium is a dump, if this was the team, I think the Reds would dismiss it almost without comment
Last edited by JaxRed; 12-14-2007 at 03:55 PM.