Fla. Gov. pledges state help for spring baseball training

Posted at 12:03 PM, Feb 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-27 07:07:53-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend $5 million in the coming year to help keep spring training alive in the state.

Scott made the announcement Wednesday during a work day held at the Lakeland baseball stadium that is the spring training home for the American League champion Detroit Tigers.

State legislators will have to approve Scott's request.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of spring training in Florida. There are currently 15 Major League Baseball teams training in the state.

But the state has been in a battle in recent years to keep teams from relocating to Arizona.

Scott was scheduled to spend the day working with a grounds crew, handing out programs and selling concessions to baseball fans.