Fort Lauderdale is now officially the past, and Sarasota appears to be the future.
The Orioles learned Wednesday afternoon that the city of Sarasota voted 3-2 to pass an indemnification issue that stood as the last obstacle between Baltimore finding a new Spring Training home. Sarasota County still has to vote on three issues later today — including the same indemnification issue — but isn’t expected to vote against its own proposal.
So if you’re scoring at home — or alternately making plans for next year’s Spring Training — you can be safe in assuming the Orioles will call Ed Smith Stadium their new home. Baltimore reached an agreement Tuesday on a 30-year lease with Sarasota County that calls for more than $30 million in funds to be provided for the renovation of Ed Smith Stadium.