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Spring training a home run for economy, Scott says

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Spring training baseball is proving to be a home run for local economies in Florida.

The numbers are out. Major League Baseball's "off season" workouts provide Florida a $753 million economic impact. 

Seven teams call the sunshine state home: the Yankees, Blue Jays, Phillies, Tigers, Orioles, Pirates and Rays. 

Their spring training facilities are located throughout the state.  They played 247 games in 2013, drawing 1.6 million fans and setting the total attendance records. 

In the 37 days of the Florida Grapefruit League games played in 14 locations statewide, only two games were rained out.  On average, 6,633 fans attended games.

"Today's news that seven teams set all-time attendance records at spring training facilities in Florida demonstrates our success in attracting visitors to the state," Gov. Rick Scott said. "Spring training is critical to jobs for families throughout Florida."

Eight teams topped the 100,000 mark in total attendance for the second consecutive year, as the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees led the way with more than 164,000 fans at games in Fort Myers and Tampa. 

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