Blue Jays considering options for Dunedin spring training - WFLA News Channel 8

Blue Jays considering options for Dunedin spring training

Posted: Updated:
DUNEDIN, FL (WFLA) -

For 36 years, the Toronto Blue Jays made Dunedin the home base for spring training.  Now the team confirmed it's considering other options, according to spokesperson, Jay Stenhouse. 

"The frustrating thing is we haven't had a chance to actually sit down and listen to them to find out what their needs and wants are, then let us retrench and come out with some alternatives for them," said Mayor Dave Eggers, Dunedin.

The Blue Jays' 15-year contract has them in Dunedin for four-more seasons, but Mayor Eggers says he wants to prepare for negotiations.

One issue for the team is the three-mile distance between the multi-field practice complex, and the stadium on Douglas avenue.

Dunedin would be eligible for 20 million dollars in state funds to build a new spring training facility.

"If we use the full 20 we'd have to come up with 20 locally, we've talked to the county and the county certainly wants to be players," said Eggers.

At the Home Plate restaurant, across the street from Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, where the Blue Jays play, business goes up about 35% during the three months of spring training.

Restaurant owner Cindy Phillips wants to see the team stay.  "I think it would be a huge hole in our hearts.  I was raised about a mile and a half from here so as kids we came here to the games with our families.  I brought my children here for games and family time, so it's a part of our tradition," said Phillips.

Mayor Eggers said he checks in with the team regularly and is hoping to sit down with them in the near future to find out what it would take to keep them in town.

 

 

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

    FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:48:49 GMT
    That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle.
    That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle.
  • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
  • Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

    Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:03:34 GMT
    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
  • NewsMore>>

  • Scott and Crist bash each other at campaign events

    Scott and Crist bash each other at campaign events

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:02:31 GMT
    Florida's increasingly bitter and expensive campaign for governor is kicking into gear with two months left before Election Day.Gov. Rick Scott began a two-week bus tour along the crucial Interstate 4 corridor, where he railed against former Gov. Charlie Crist as someone who is just like President Barack Obama.
    Florida's increasingly bitter and expensive campaign for governor is kicking into gear with two months left before Election Day.Gov. Rick Scott began a two-week bus tour along the crucial Interstate 4 corridor, where he railed against former Gov. Charlie Crist as someone who is just like President Barack Obama.
  • St. Petersburg plane pulled from Tampa Bay after Sunday crash

    St. Petersburg plane pulled from Tampa Bay after Sunday crash

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:49:18 GMT
    The plane that crashed in Tampa Bay, off the coast of St. Petersburg Sunday,has been recovered.A recovery team started work early this morning. It took hours to bring the plane up from about 25 feet under water. The company that owns the plane, Aerial Banner, Inc., sent company representatives to St. Petersburg.
    The plane that crashed in Tampa Bay, off the coast of St. Petersburg Sunday,has been recovered.A recovery team started work early this morning. It took hours to bring the plane up from about 25 feet under water. The company that owns the plane, Aerial Banner, Inc., sent company representatives to St. Petersburg.
  • Pinellas Park police reunite trapped ducklings with mother

    Pinellas Park police reunite trapped ducklings with mother

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:15 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:15:46 GMT
    Photo courtesy Facebook/Pinellas Park Police DepartmentPhoto courtesy Facebook/Pinellas Park Police Department
    Police officers in Pinellas Park helped reunite a family of ducks on Sunday.
    Police officers in Pinellas Park helped reunite a family of ducks on Sunday.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Jennifer Lawrence requests nude pics investigation

    Jennifer Lawrence requests nude pics investigation

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:56:41 GMT
    Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and other female actresses lashed out against an online bulletin board that posted what it claimed was compromising pictures of them.
    Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and other female actresses lashed out against an online bulletin board that posted what it claimed was compromising pictures of them.
  • FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

    FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:48:49 GMT
    That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle.
    That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 18 - 23

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 18 - 23

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:58:28 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.