The opposition to Major League Baseball’s big idea to yank minor league baseball out of Daytona Beach and 41 other cities has been swift and strong. I agree with every word of it.
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Over the course of the past 100 years, Minor League baseball has become part of the fabric of our community. At Jackie Robinson Ballpark, working families can take their kids out to the ballgame for a price they can afford. No offense to the big leaguers, but at a minor-league game there are usually no millionaires on the field or billionaires in the owner’s box.
To me, a Daytona Tortugas game is where you really get an up-close look at hard work, perseverance, ambition and true love of the game.
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That’s how people fall in love with baseball. Why any Major League business executive would want to destroy that is beyond me.
As sheriff of Volusia County, and before that, as police chief of Daytona Beach, I’ve seen first-hand what the Daytona Cubs and Tortugas have done for our community. For years, at Daytona PD and at the Sheriff’s Office,…