In two years, the Cubs will be joined in the Cactus League by the Dodgers, who will be relocating their Spring Training Base from Vero Beach, Florida, where they've trained since 1948. The Dodgers will share a new facility in Glendale, Arizona with the White Sox, assuming the Sox can find replacement tenants for their current Spring Training base in lovely but remote Tucson.
(Watch how Jerry Reinsdorf, the old real estate tycoon, bamboozles the Reds or Twins into believing Tucson is just 15 minutes south of Phoenix!)
As for poor Vero Beach, local entrepreneurs are already advancing proposals for redeveloping Dodgertown. As reported by the Indian River Press Journal, here are the early submissions:
*A motorcycyle speedway. Two tracks staging week-long events, 25 weeks a year.
*"Shakespearia." Shakespeare-based theme park with three theaters-in-the-round. Park would simulate London in the 16th century.
*"Field of Dreams" residential village with a baseball park, "like Cooperstown of the South."
*National Club Baseball Association facility. Would host national collegiate club baseball events.
Interestingly, so far no Major League team has inquired about moving into Dodgertown.