Bright House Field

Introduction

Baseball in Clearwater, Fla., has a long-standing tradition spanning seven decades. The relationship between the Philadelphia Phillies organization and Clearwater has been one of the most successful commitments throughout Major League Baseball. Each spring, since 1947, the Phillies, and their fans, have flocked to the gulf-coast community.

While other professional baseball franchises have packed up camp from their traditional spring training locations in recent years to move to Arizona, the Phillies are set to begin their 64th spring training in the town in February 2010.

The Phillies organization means much more than nine innings on the diamond for six weeks a year. It means heads in beds, restaurants with waiting lines and beaches full of tourists with Philadelphia accents. After spring training, the Threshers, a Phillies minor league team, keep the local interest in America's pastime as residents watch the Phillies of the future.

The relationship between the city and the Phillies organization has endured 12 presidential administrations and continues to look strong.

About This Site

This Baseball in Clearwater site is the home for news about America's pastime in this Gulf Coast town. This site will have information on the impact of spring training baseball on the local economy and news about baseball beyond the spring to a look at the fans that make it all possible.

This site was created and will be maintained by Patrick Carney, a graduate student in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. E-mail me with comments