Ranking Florida spring training parks: The stadium no one wanted ranks No. 1

In 2009, Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., appeared to be a park without a future. Over the years since the ballpark was built in 1989, the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds had all moved their spring-training operations out of it — the last straw for the Reds coming when local voters rejected a bond measure to rebuild the park in 2008.

Rays owner targets Ybor City for new ballpark

Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg wants to make Ybor City the team’s next home. Speaking Friday in Tampa, Sternberg said the team would focus its new ballpark search on a 14-acre site in Tampa that sits just north of Ybor Channel.