The short yet expansive seating area.
The Dodgers’ training building, for major leaguers only, was added in 2003.
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Gerald and his bell.
At most home games, a fellow named Gerald sits behind the Dodgers dugout and rings a bell, sometimes in time with the music, but other times in response to specific plays. For instance, one hears three chimes for a strikeout.
In September 2004, Hurricane Frances did some damage to the dormitories at Dodgertown as well as a ground crew equipment building. In addition, the scoreboard at Holman Stadium was knocked down, and two of the four old oak trees that grew in the stands, providing the facility’s only substantial shade, were lost to the storm. However, the Dodgers were able to begin instructional league play as scheduled.
The beginning of the end for Dodgertown came when the Dodgers announced that they are moving their spring training operations to a new complex in Goodyear, Ariz., for the 2009 season. For two seasons, the Vero Beach franchise in the Florida State League was operated as a Tampa Bay farm club, but the Rays purchased the team in conjunction with Ripken Baseball in 2008 and will move that club to Port Charlotte in 2009.
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