— PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT PROVIDED BY EDDIE MICHELS —
The batters’ eye is being put in place on Sunday January, 26th at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, FL spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays. The batters’ eye will have a four-stall rest room behind it for fans on the stadium’s walkway. Also one can notice a number of trees that have been planted outside the stadium’s fence. This is because Florida law requites that for every tree taken down two must be replanted on site. This has caused trees to be planted on the outside of the half field practice field behind the stadium’s right centre field fence.
Will the Blue Jays first spring training game just four weeks away as of Monday construction continues on the main gate of TD Ballpark at Grant Field in Dunedin. The photo shows the new walkway from the intersection of Douglas and Beltrees to the main gate through what used to be the stadium’s main parking lot. It has not been announced what parking will be available on site for games.
Constructed on the northeast side of the Blue Jays new minor-league complex and over a City of Dunedin landfill a new players exercise hill has been constructed. This one mound of dirt is about 2-2 1/2 times the height of the two exercise mounds at the Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
The artificial turf field at the Toronto Blue Jays new player development complex in Dunedin is progressing. The small stone base for the turf is in place and work is progressing but it appears that this along with the other fields and clubhouse won’t be ready in time for the start of spring training in mid- February. This particular field is being built on top of two former dog parks, a wetland and a supposed spring fed pond. That along with a children’s bike path to the elementary school in the back ground it has been built over.
A new high fence is being erected at the Toronto Blue Jays new minor-league complex in Dunedin to protect the adjacent elementary school children from batted balls landing in their playground. Two sides of the playground have baseball fields adjacent to it. — Photos and text from Eddie Michels.