Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Astros have been contacted about sharing Spring Training facillities

The New York Times' Barry Meier has an article about the Mets looking to share Spring Training facilities with someone, anyone.

County officials here say they have also contacted the Houston Astros, who play in Kissimmee, Fla., but whose new owner happens to own a golf course just south of here.

That's true. Jim Crane bought The Floridian Golf & Yacht Club from former Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga for $25.6m in April 2010. The Floridian is 9.7 miles south of Port St. Lucie, Florida.

An article on MLB.com last night talked about Crane touring the Yankees facilities, presumably to get ideas for improving the situation in Kissimmee:
"We're definitely studying the facilities. We're going to take a walk around inside. Of course, the Yankees are at the top of the food chain, so we want to work our way up. This is a great facility. I think the facility we have up there is nice in Kissimmee. You've got to look at everything when you're doing that."

The Astros are under contract with Kissimmee through 2015.

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