Spring Training Baseball in Sarasota, FL

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Baltimore Orioles pay at Ed Smith Stadium for Spring Training in Sarasota, FLThe 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 Pittsburgh 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 Boston 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).
  • 1959
    The Los Angeles Dodgers were here for one year.
  • 1960 - 1997
    The Chicago White Sox called Sarasota their spring training home.
  • 1989
    Ed Smith Stadium was built and named to honor the president of the Sarasota Sports Committee - Ed Smith.
  • 1990
    Payne Park was demolished in November 1990, after standing for 65 years.
  • 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 Goodyear, AZ.

Florida Spring Training Teams

Click on a team name for information and a schedule of spring training games.

Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros
Miami Marlins
Minnesota Twins
New York Mets
New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals

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