With the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros announcing earlier this year they would no longer be holding their spring training in Central Florida, many wondered if baseball would be gone for good.
Fans of the sport can rest easy, as it was announced the Brevard County Manatees, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, will relocate to Osceola County Stadium beginning in the spring of 2017.
County Manager Beth Night, Commissioner Brandon Arrington, Florida State League President Ken Carson, Minor League Baseball Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & Generals Counsel Scott Poley, team owner Dr. Tom Winters and team president Joe Harrington made the formal announcement Wednesday, June 29, in front of media at a press conference at Osceola County Stadium.
The team will have a new name as it moves into its new home. A “Name The Team” Contest is underway, with the front office soliciting submissions from any and all through July 13, 2016 by going to probaseballbackincentralflorida.com.
The top six submissions will be put to a vote starting July 18, 2016. The fan that submitted the winning team name will receive a pair of free season tickets for 2017, a home jersey and the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to a game next year.
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