Don’t look now but Spring Training 2018 at the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is shaping up as a potential homecoming for two World Series teams.
With the midsummer All-Star Game break upon us, the two teams with the biggest leads in their respective major league divisions are Houston and Washington, co-tenants at the West Palm Beach training facility. The Astros, as a matter of fact, own the best record in baseball, and with no signs of slowing down.
It’s too early to predict that West Palm’s teams will meet in the World Series, of course, but it would be a first for Palm Beach County, and a major coup for the county planners who landed the Astros and Nationals as home teams for the stadium’s opening last year.
Palm Beach County has had plenty of major league teams training here going all the way back to the 1920’s but never representatives from both the National and American leagues at once.
On four occasions teams that trained in Palm Beach County have won the World Series, and here they are.
1995 Atlanta Braves – West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium
2003 Florida Marlins – Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter
2006 St. Louis Cardinals – Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter
2011 St. Louis Cardinals – Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter
Right now Las Vegas has the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers as the best bets to win the World Series but you never can tell.
The Marlins won it all in their first year training at Jupiter, and that was coming off a 79-83 season in 2002.