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Governor Wants To Keep Spring Training In FL

February 12th, 2008 by flanews

Governor Charlie Crist said he’s focused on keeping major league baseball teams in the Sunshine State. The Cincinnati Reds could be moving their spring training to Arizona. The team has been in Sarasota for 11 years, but their lease agreement is up in August. Crist said the team helps boost the state’s economy, and he’ll do what he can to keep the Reds in Florida.

“Well, I certainly don’t want them to leave,” said Crist. “We have reinstituted something called the Governor’s Baseball Dinner, that I attended when I worked for the commissioner’s office in the minor league division, and I think it’s important for us to show continued support for this sport. What the Grapefruit League does for the Sunshine state the teams that train here, really infuses a lot in our economy. And I think it’s important to show that appreciation and we’ll stay focused on keeping these teams here.”

The Governors Baseball dinner is scheduled for February 26th in St. Petersburg.

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