Talks are heating up over the future spring home of the Baltimore Orioles, with team officials meeting today with reps from Lee County -- but don't count out Sarasota just yet.
The Baltimore Orioles are at crunch time when it comes to spring training 2010. The team has three options, but none of them are particularly attractive. The Orioles could train once again at Fort Lauderdale Stadium and Sarasota's Twin Lakes Park, but many in baseball frown on that: Fort Lauderdale Stadium is a pit (opposing managers and umpired registered formal complaints about the place) and the Orioles do a poor job of maintaining Twin Lakes Park, causing the Rays and the Red Sox to refuse sending minor-league players there for games last spring. Ed Smith Stadium and the former Reds training camp could be used for 2010 and 2011, and perhaps longer if the county and city agree to some sorely needed improvements. And there's been some talk about the Orioles sharing City of Palms Park with the Red Sox until Boston's new spring facility is done for 2012.