PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles president Larry Lucchino said yesterday that the club has stepped up its efforts to establish an all-purpose spring-training facility for the 1993 season.
"It's definitely on the front burner," said Lucchino. "We want to have something in place this spring so we can get to work on a plan for next year."
The Orioles might have had their proposed facility in Naples, Fla. completed in time for next spring, but insurance giant USF&G withdrew its support for the project. Now, there is no way the club can get a stadium built in time for 1992, but Lucchino said completing a deal would allow club officials to get to work improving on this year's grueling travel schedule.