Saturday I made my first visit to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota to see the Lakeland Flying Tigers play the Sarasota Reds. It has served as spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds for several years (and the White Sox before them), but they have moved to Arizona starting spring 2010.
The Sarasota Reds are last in attendance in the Florida State League and in last place in their division.
Unless another MLB team moves spring training to Sarasota (Baltimore is rumored to be a possible replacement) Sarasota wil llikely have no team in the FSL next year.
Being here makes one appreciate Joker Marchant Stadium and the Tigers' long affiliation with Lakeland.