Sunday, April 1, 2012

Crane to do "what's best for us" in Spring Training decision

Jim Crane toured the Mets' Spring Training facility today in Port St. Lucie, Florida, which - as was mentioned a few weeks ago - is a shade less than 10 miles from he Floridian National Golf Club Crane owns.

The Mets play at Digital Domain Park, which just received a $2.5m upgrade courtesy of St. Lucie County (because, you know, they can't pay for it themselves). As part of the agreement (reported by, linked above), the Mets would help recruit a second team to the complex. Insert your own Ponzi scheme joke here, where that second team just needs to recruit two other teams, who each recruit four other teams...

Anyway, Giles Kibbe (the Floridian's president, and general counsel for the Crane Capital Group) says the team is looking at staying in Kissimmee, with whom they are under contract through 2015, other sites in Florida, and also sites in Arizona.

"The state of Florida wants to keep everybody here. We've got to do what's best for us."