The only MLB team in Canada, Toronto Blue Jays, wants to host the training camp of 2006 World Baseball Classic Canada Team at their spring site in Dunedin, Florida.
Original, Baseball Canada prefer to have training camp at the same place they play for the first round of World Baseball Classic next spring, which probably is Milwaukee Brewers’ facility in Phoenix, Arizona. But don’t forget, due to the connection between Blue Jays and Canada, using Blue Jays’ site looks more reasonable.
Besides, Canada’s manager Ernie Whitt and third baseman Corey Koskie both from Blue Jays, and most of Canada’s players should also be in the Florida with their clubs.
Baseball Canada’s director of national teams, Greg Hamilton said “I think it would be just great for Canadian baseball. There’s a natural connection. Hopefully it all gets worked out.”
Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey said the Canadian national team belongs at his club’s camp. He also envisions the Jays and Canada playing a few exhibition games before team went to Arizona for World Baseball Classic.
Right now, Blue Jays are waiting for final answer from MLB later this week to confirm they can run together. I guess the answer is very clear.
Below is the Blue Jay Spring Training Site in Dunedin provide by Google Map.