KEN WILLIS: Is this any place for a Tortuga? – Sports – Daytona Beach News-Journal Online


The best old sayings can be properly trotted out from time to time.

Among those is a gem attributed to early-20th century golfer Walter Travis. While his contemporaries often decried the lack of respect shown to professional golfers in those days, Travis took another view of their second-class citizenship.

“A reasonable number of fleas is good for a dog,” he said. “It keeps the dog from forgetting that he is a dog.”

That came to mind this past week when “inadequate facilities” was listed among the reasons for 42 current minor league teams — including your Daytona Tortugas — landing on Major League Baseball’s gallows, scheduled for termination following the 2020 season.

Our Jackie Robinson Ballpark is obviously a wonderful setting for Class A baseball. Its adequate seating and plentiful concessions provide all the comfort and frills you’d want at a minor league ballgame, while its wonderful setting and storied history charm the romantics.

Everything is generally perfect, except that 10 of the other 11 Florida State League teams play in stadiums that are also hosts to MLB spring training, which means they meet big-league specs — five-star clubhouse,…

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