There are many rumors going around about the Toronto Blue Jays and their avid desire for a new spring training location. There is no doubt that they have one of the most gorgeous complexes in Florida. Their complex is also an ideal destination for fans who want to get close to their favorite Blue Jays, and autograph-seekers. But what about Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, where they actually play their spring training games? What about the fact that the field is not connected to the stadium? Most team’s spring training location and their stadium/complex are walking distance apart. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays have a three and a half mile bus trip to withstand if they want to go from one to the other. That is one of the reasons why they want to move. The second reason the Jays want to move is that Florida Auto Exchange Stadium is not what you would call a “luxurious landmark.”
For me, this stadium is pure heaven. Fans can feel like VIPs because of the close-to-the-action layout the stadium provides. There is no such thing as a dugout tunnel, so it is ideal for getting autographs. Unfortunately, the place needs a serious update. The Blue Jays certainly have very little to brag about when it comes to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
So what will become of Dunedin if the Blue Jays leave? According to the rumors I have heard from the Blue Jays staff, the Milwaukee Brewers have sent scouts to the complex in Dunedin. These scouts have not announced what they would do with the facilities, but I do know that they have an interest in them.
You may have heard the rumor that the Toronto Blue Jays might share a spring stadium location with the Houston Astros. That rumor spread quickly throughout the Blue Jays community. The Houston Astros were officially planning to build a spring training facility in Palm Beach, Florida right next to Roger Dean Stadium, where the Marlins and Cardinals train in the spring.As of now, the Astros are second guessing themselves about this decision. Therefore, this deal that Toronto had with Houston may never come to life.
As for now, the Toronto Blue Jays are in Dunedin through 2017. They could buy one year out of their contract with the city of Dunedin, but I do not think that the Blue Jays are that eager to leave. My prediction is this: the Toronto Blue Jays will most likely leave, but baseball will return to Dunedin. Maybe the Milwaukee Brewers will inhabit Dunedin for some portion of the year.