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Baseball Legends Meet With Governor

March 26th, 2008 by flanews

The hallway to the Governors office looked more like the hall of fame Wednesday. Governor Charlie Crist met with hall of fame baseball players Reggie Jackson and Jim Palmer. Mr. October and the gang were at the capitol to talk about keeping spring training teams in Florida. The Los Angles Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians will leave at the end of the season. Jackson, who spoke on behalf of the New York Yankees, said the team isnt going anywhere.

The Steinbrenner Family as well as the Yankees, love Florida, we love our stadium, we love our facilities there in Tampa. And recognize that Florida is the place where spring training is most recognized and were happy to be part of what the states trying to do, said Jackson.

Next year just 16 teams will train in the sunshine state. Crist said hell do everything he can to stop the exodus.

Showing that appreciation and continuing to express our gratitude. Whether we can do so economically is a little challenging this year, but were going to do everything we possible can. Tax breaks can help, said Crist.

Floridas biggest spring training rival is Arizona. Fourteen teams will host their spring training games in Arizona next year.

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