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Spring Training 1999

St. Petersburg and Tampa have been home to spring training for more than eight decades.

The Squeeze Play puts you in the middle of this year's action around Tampa Bay and Florida with daily stories and stats, including the latest on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, World Champion New York Yankees and the rest of the Grapefruit League.

Quick! Grab a soda and a hot dog and...play ball.

For this year's spring training coverage,
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For McGriff, it's prove it or lose it
Millions hinge on performance in walk year.

Johnson sneaking up in fight for rotation
ST. PETERSBURG -- Among the candidates for spots in the rotation, Jason Johnson has been the quiet one.

In brother, Naimoli has lost his ballast
Ray Naimoli, who died last week, handled some very important matters as the team's chief financial officer. But he did even more as the confidant to his older brother, managing general partner Vince Naimoli.

Zimmer hopes fun is short-lived
ST. PETERSBURG -- Eleven days ago, Don Zimmer was put in charge of the best team in baseball. Eight days later, he was given permission to enjoy it.


Take a closer at the 1999 Devil Rays and other local Grapefruit League teams in the Times' annual Spring Training special section.

[Times files:
Maurice Rivenbark]

Florida Power Park, home of Al Lang Stadium: Al Lang, former spring home of the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, and, briefly, the Baltimore Orioles, now houses the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the only Major League team that trains in its home city.


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