12/23/2013 4:20 P.M. ET
Dodgertown site gets new promotional web presence
Former Florida Spring Training home now hosts Umpire School, sports teams
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley has launched a new website about the club's former Spring Training home that was known as Dodgertown.
Historicdodgertown.com, run by longtime Dodgertown official Craig Callan, provides information for teams and groups interested in visiting or utilizing the site in Vero Beach, Fla., which the Dodgers called their spring headquarters for 61 years and which now is again owned by O'Malley.
"With our recent name change to 'Historic Dodgertown - Vero Beach, Florida,' we are in the midst of rebranding and enhancing our multi-sport campus and the new website captures the spirit of this iconic site," O'Malley said in a press release. "Our website visitors from throughout the world will now find a concise, user-friendly site with sport specific information and the opportunity to make plans to train, stay and play at the 61-year Spring Training home of the Dodgers."
The website includes historic photos of the former Naval Air Station, which O'Malley's father, Hall of Famer Walter O'Malley, turned into a 79-acre training complex that was the envy of other clubs. The Dodgers moved their Spring Training headquarters to Glendale, Ariz., in 2009.
Historic Dodgertown now hosts The Umpire School, created by Minor League Baseball, as well as numerous visiting amateur and collegiate sports teams. O'Malley leases the facility from Indian River County with his sister, Terry Seidler, and former Dodgers Hideo Nomo and Chan Ho Park.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.