Grapefruit League Teams in Florida
Baltimore Orioles keep the
Spring Training tradition alive in Sarasota as they take the
field at Ed Smith Stadium for Grapefruit League play on the Gulf coast.
Spring Training baseball has been a tradition in Sarasota, FL
since 1924 when the New York Giants were the first team to train
at Payne Park.
Check out the
Baltimore Orioles Spring Training schedule. View other MLB team
Spring Training schedules for nearby teams such as the
Pirates Spring Training is held nearby in Bradenton, Minnesota Twins
Spring Training is in Ft. Myers, New York Yankees
Spring Training is in Tampa,
Tampa Bay Rays hold their Spring Training in
nearby Port Charlotte. The
Philadelphia Phillies are just
up the road in Clearwater, FL and the
Red Sox spring training camp is in Ft. Myers. Be sure to
check their schedules for more exciting baseball action.
Baseball History in Sarasota
1924 - 1927
The New York Giants held spring training in Sarasota. John
Ringling is credited with bringing the Giants to Sarasota.
1933 - 1958
The Boston Red Sox trained at Payne Park their spring training
home (except for four-years during World War II).
The Los Angeles Dodgers were here for one year.
1960 - 1997
The Chicago White Sox called Sarasota their spring training
Ed Smith Stadium was built and named to honor the president of
the Sarasota Sports Committee - Ed Smith.
Payne Park was demolished in November 1990, after standing for
1998 - 2009
In 1998, the Cincinnati Reds began their spring training and
minor league operations at Ed Smith Stadium.
2010 - ?
The Baltimore Orioles move to Sarasota from Ft. Lauderdale.
Cincinnati Reds Spring Training is now held in
Click on a team name for information and a schedule of spring
More spring training schedules can be found at
More Team Spring Training Schedules