Professional baseball has been a Sarasota tradition since 1924, when circus magnate John Ringling helped recruit the New York Giants to hold spring training in Sarasota County. Since 2010, the Baltimore Orioles have called Sarasota their spring training home using Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex.

The latest chapter in Sarasota County’s baseball history will bring the Atlanta Braves to North Port in spring 2019. In partnership with Sarasota County, the city of North Port, the West Villages and the State of Florida, the Braves are constructing a state-of-the-art baseball academy and spring training facility.

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