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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 14 July 2008 09:47
DodgertownAfter 61 years, Dodgertown is officially dead.

The Dodgers made it official this weekend by terminating their lease agreement from Vero Beach, FL, thus ending a colorful and engrained part of Dodger, as well as MLB history. As reported by The AP :

Craig Callan, the Dodgers' vice president of spring training and minor league facilities, notified Indian River County administrator Joe Baird and Vero Beach City Manager Jim Gabbard of the decision Thursday evening.

"I guess there's no particular place in the world -- including my home -- that holds more memories for me than Dodgertown," Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully said Friday in the Dodger Stadium press box that bears his name.

"I've been going there for 59 years, and just imagine the parade of players, coaches, newspapermen, owners and managers that went through there. So it really has always been cherished ground for me. But nothing is forever, and it was time. I mean, that was hallowed ground for the Brooklyn Dodgers. But it should be closer to Los Angeles, so I'm all for it. To me, there's no deep sentiment. I'm not touched by leaving there."

The Dodgers will move into a new shared $100 million facility with the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz. starting next year.

R.I.P., Dodgertown.



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