Orioles aiming for '93 on permanent spring site

March 17, 1991|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent

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.

"I think Frank [Robinson, manager] has done a great job of keeping everyone fresh," Lucchino said. "It has gone all right, but we realize that it is not an ideal situation."

The club would like to lease an existing stadium next spring so it can play most of its home games at one site. This year, the Orioles scheduled "home" games at five stadiums.

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