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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | May 31, 2008
A ruling yesterday by the Federal Aviation Administration in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., could lead the Orioles to find another spring training home next year. The city administration issued a news release saying it has been notified that the FAA would not approve the use agreement between Fort Lauderdale and the Orioles unless the annual payments made to the airport fund, provided by the Orioles and the city, are increased to $1.3 million, compared with $70,000 to $120,000 in previous years.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | May 23, 2008
Almost two months after the Orioles expected to gain approval to begin construction of a new spring training complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., they appear to be drawing closer to a resolution. A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman confirmed this week that officials are reviewing documents submitted by the city of Fort Lauderdale, which could be the final step in making a decision. The Orioles want to tear down and rebuild 48-year-old Fort Lauderdale Stadium, which has served as their spring home since 1996, but they need the FAA's consent because it sits on airport property.
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By Sarah Talalay and Sarah Talalay,South Florida Sun-Sentinel | March 28, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- The Orioles are scheduled to play their last game of spring training at Fort Lauderdale Stadium this afternoon, meeting the New York Mets. Where they will host spring training permanently is far less clear. The team has signed an extension to return in 2009 and has had an agreement for more than a year to overhaul 46-year-old Fort Lauderdale Stadium, its spring home for 13 years. That agreement is contingent on approval the city of Fort Lauderdale has to receive from the Federal Aviation Administration.
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By Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec and Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporters | March 23, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A day after expressing some mild frustration that he still doesn't know where he'll play in 2008, Brian Roberts and his agent met with Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail yesterday at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Both sides were mostly mum about the 20-minute meeting, with MacPhail saying it was just the latest conversation between him and Roberts this spring, where he has tried to update the All-Star second baseman on the status of trade talks involving him. MacPhail has been talking to the Chicago Cubs for several months about Roberts, who has made it clear that he'd prefer not being on a rebuilding team.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 20, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- --For established major league veterans, dodging the long exhibition road trips is one of the rites of spring. That's why Orioles manager Dave Trembley found it so refreshing when Melvin Mora came into his office last week and asked for permission to make the 130-mile trek down Alligator Alley to play against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. "I wasn't taking him on that trip," Trembley said. "He saw Luis Hernandez was on the trip, and he said, `I'll go to Fort Myers, but I don't want to take the bus. I want to drive myself and take Luis with me so I can talk to him.' " Hernandez is the leading candidate to start at shortstop this year, but it hasn't been a happy spring.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 18, 2008
The Orioles might well move up Interstate 95 from Fort Lauderdale to Vero Beach to take over the Dodgertown facility, which might have hosted its final Dodgers exhibition game yesterday. It's certainly not on the edge of civilization, but you can get there from here. One of the signs along the highway out of town reads "Yeehaw Junction ... 33 mi." I'm pretty sure you can fall off the earth somewhere around there.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 17, 2008
The travel sections and Web sites are advertising for St. Patrick's Day cruises out of Fort Lauderdale, though it's obviously just a marketing ploy to take advantage of today's holiday. I'm pretty sure of this because all the cruises are to the various islands in the Caribbean. None of them were to a beautiful island I like to call ... Ireland.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 16, 2008
Las Olas Boulevard might be the most popular night-life area in Fort Lauderdale, featuring several blocks of nice restaurants and nightclubs where spring breakers and locals battle for tables and bar space. It isn't cheap, and on busy evenings, some of the clubs employ a cover charge or a minimum. Even on a night when I was acting as designated driver for a group of friends and colleagues, I was told at O'Hara's Pub to either buy something or take a hike. Apparently, the customer isn't always right, even if you're doing the right thing.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | March 15, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- One locker in the Orioles' spring training clubhouse looks like it should be encased in glass, if only to preserve this shrine to better days and better teams. A white jersey hangs from a hook with Mike Cuellar's last name stitched across the back. A sentimentalist will view it as the uniform top of an aging Orioles hero who could be the most important spring training invitee in Fort Lauderdale, while a cynic might regard it as a cruel reminder that Cuellar likely will be the only 20-game winner who changes clothes in that row. But no matter the perspective, he's a link to the organization's glorious past, and manager Dave Trembley wants to make sure the chain is unbroken.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER | March 14, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Orioles maintain that they aren't worried about Adam Loewen's left shoulder. They are scratching him from his scheduled start today for precautionary reasons, hoping a couple of extra days off will allow some mild soreness to subside. Loewen, who had elbow surgery nine months ago, also downplayed it, saying he is more concerned about manager Dave Trembley's request yesterday that he cut his hair than anything going on with his shoulder. "I've been fine every start, and that's a real positive for me," said Loewen, who will throw a bullpen session Sunday and is expected to make his next start Wednesday.
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