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Astros and Blue Jays inch closer to new Spring Training home in Palm Beach Gardens

Oct 01, 2013 -- 7:09am


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Houston Astros owner Jim Crane believes his team will soon be calling Palm Beach Gardens home for spring training. The city of Palm Beach Gardens, however, might have a different opinion on the definition of "soon." 
Crane told MLB.com Monday that a deal to move the team's spring training headquarters from Kissimmee to Palm Beach Gardens is "95 percent" completed, and they are just waiting on the city to approve the move. Crane also said the Toronto Blue Jays have signed a letter of intent to join the Astros in a new facility in Palm Beach Gardens, and that things should be "buttoned up hopefully by the end of October."
While a deal seems close to Crane, the feeling might not be mutual.
"We are thrilled that Jim Crane and the Astros are committed to Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach County," Palm Beach Gardens spokesperson Tom McNicholas tells ESPN 106.3. "However, right now we are only preparing for the public process and we have much due diligence to complete in an effort to be certain this project is good for our community." 
A potential two-team spring training complex would be built just three miles south of Roger Dean Stadium off Central Boulevard, north of PGA boulevard. It would cost an estimated $100 million to build. The state would likely pay half of that, with the city and county responsible for coming up with the rest of the money.

VIDEO: Giancarlo Stanton makes rehab start in Jupiter

Jun 06, 2013 -- 5:20pm

Bud Selig Approves Marlins-Jays Blockbuster

Nov 19, 2012 -- 3:45pm


Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the trade between the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays:
"Since Tuesday, I have carefully reviewed the proposed transaction between the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays.  I asked our Baseball Operations Department and our Labor Relations Department to compare this proposed transaction with similar deals.  I also consulted with experienced baseball operations executives to get their input regarding the talent involved in this transaction. 
“After a thorough examination of this information, it is my conclusion that this transaction, involving established Major Leaguers and highly regarded young players and prospects, represents the exercise of plausible baseball judgment on the part of both Clubs, does not violate any express rule of Major League Baseball and does not otherwise warrant the exercise of any of my powers to prevent its completion.  It is, of course, up to the Clubs involved to make the case to their respective fans that this transaction makes sense and enhances the competitive position of each, now or in the future.
“I am sensitive to the concerns of the fans of Miami regarding this trade, and I understand the reactions I have heard since Tuesday. Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities and I fully understand that the Miami community has done its part to put the Marlins into a position to succeed with beautiful new Marlins Park.  Going forward, I will continue to monitor this situation with the expectation that the Marlins will take into account the sentiments of their fans, who deserve the best efforts and considered judgment of their Club.  I have received assurances from the ownership of the Marlins that they share these beliefs and are fully committed to build a long-term winning team that their fans can be proud of.”

Buehrle wins Gold Glove

Oct 31, 2012 -- 2:34pm

Marlins lefty Mark Buehrle claims fourth Gold Glove, first ever by a Fish pitcher.

Marlins Dismiss Ozzie Guillen

Oct 23, 2012 -- 4:23pm

(Press Release) MIAMI – The Miami Marlins announced today that they have dismissed manager Ozzie Guillen. The announcement was made by Marlins' President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest.

 “After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie,” said Beinfest. “Our managerial search begins immediately and our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture.”

 The Marlins went 69-93 in 2012, finishing last in the NL East.

Marlins trade Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers

Jul 25, 2012 -- 11:37am


MIAMI – The Miami Marlins announced they have acquired right-handed pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for third baseman Hanley Ramirez and left-handed pitcher Randy Choate. The announcement was made by Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest.

Eovaldi (E-val-di), 22, has gone 1-6, 4.15 in 10 starts this season, getting just 1.4 runs of support per start, the lowest among Major League starters, while holding right-handed hitters to a .202 (18x89) average. He also appeared in nine games, eight starts, with double-A Chattanooga this season, going 2-2, 3.09. Ranked by Baseball America as the third-best prospect in the Dodgers’ organization prior to 2012, Eovaldi made his ML debut in 2011 after being drafted in the 11th round of the 2008 Draft out of Alvin (TX) High School. He is expected to join the Marlins Friday, and start on Saturday vs. the Padres.
McGough, 22, was the Dodgers’ fifth-round selection in the 2011 Draft out of the University of Oregon. He has gone 3-5, 3.99 with five saves in 35 relief appearances with single-A Rancho Cucamonga this season, with 48 strikeouts in 47.1 innings. He made his pro debut in 2011 and was a combined 1-5, 2.77 with 10 saves in 26 games. He is from Pittsburgh, PA. He will be assigned to single-A Jupiter.
Ramirez, acquired by the Marlins in a seven-player trade from Boston following the 2005 season, was the 2006 Rookie of the Year and won the NL batting title in 2009. He is currently hitting .246 (87x353) in 93 games. Overall with the Marlins, Ramirez had a .300 average with 148 home runs and 482 RBI in 943 games.  

Choate was signed by the Marlins as a free agent prior to the 2011 season and is a free agent following this season. He is 0-0, 2.49 in 44 appearances this season and has gone 1-1, 2.16 in 98 games with the Marlins overall (50 IP, 12 ER).

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