Play ball, says Rick Scott, announcing Spring Training schedule

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I am not exactly sure why he is the one responsible for doing so, but Governor Rick Scott today announced the 2013 spring training schedule for Major League Baseball teams in the Sunshine State. (Does Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announce the schedule for the Cactus League?)

The 38-day spring season begins on Feb. 21 with the Boston Red Sox hosting college teams in Fort Myers and concludes on March 30.

The 263-game schedule marks the 125th anniversary of MLB’s spring training games in the Sunshine State.

“Major League Baseball’s spring training in Florida is one of our nation’s gems. Every spring, athletes come to Florida to train and baseball fans throughout America visit Florida to enjoy great games, our wonderful climate and many tourist destinations,” Scott said in a statement. “Spring training also generates more than $700 million for our communities ever year, meaning more jobs and opportunities for Florida families. With the 2013 training season almost here, I encourage families everywhere to attend a game in Florida, and take the time to enjoy one of America’s greatest pastimes.”

The 2012 spring training season broke a per-game attendance record with 6,965 fans per game at 233 games.

Team schedules, tickets other information is available here.

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