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Bye Bye Birdie: Baltimore Orioles Fly the Coop, Leave Fort Lauderdale

Lauderdaleclosed Fort Lauderdale's love affair with spring training baseball is over.

According to numerous reports, the Orioles have agreed to move their spring operations to Sarasota starting next February.

So for the first time in more than 50 years, when pitchers and catchers report, it won't be in Miami-Dade or Broward counties.

The Cardinals and Marlins continue to train in Jupiter, but, they play ball in Port St. Lucie, too.

The Orioles had worked out a deal to remain in Fort Lauderdale, but the FAA screwed it up by jacking up the rent on the pLauderdalestadium1roperty so they are now gone.

For baseball fans, the O's -- and the teams they brought to Fort Lauderdale -- will be missed.

A real shame.

The Orioles started training in South Florida in 1959, then bolted for the west coast for a couple years before taking over Fort Lauderdale when the Yankees left in 1996.

Broward also had spring training in Pompano Beach, with the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers playing off US 1 from 1961-86.

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