The Florida Fire Frogs are the newest professional sports franchise in the Orlando area. The Brevard County Manatees relocated to Kissimmee following the 2016 season and will play it’s first season at Osceola County Stadium this Spring. Read More
Minor League Baseball has not had a home in the Orlando area since the Orlando Rays departed in 2003. Osceola County Stadium had been the Spring Training home to MLB’s Houston Astros since 1985. Unfortunately, the Astros have relocated to a new facility in Palm Beach. During that period of time the stadium was host to the Osceola Astros (1985-1994), which were renamed to the Kissimmee Cobras in 1995 and played there until 2000.
The Fire Frogs are a franchise in the Florida State League, considered Class A Advanced league, and will be affiliated with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves affiliation bodes well for the Fire Frogs, given that the Braves have held Spring Training at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista (Disney’s Wide World of Sports) since 1997. The Braves have also established a fan base in Central Florida prior to the expansion of the Miami Marlins (1993) and Tampa Bay Rays (1998).
The Orlando Rays left the area after the 2003 season. Orlando has had a home in the Florida State League since 1919 with the Orlando Caps, who changed names and MLB franchise affiliations frequently throughout it’s long history. Prior to playing it’s games at Champion Stadium, historic Tinker Field was home to Orlando baseball.
The Florida Fire Frogs open a new chapter in Orlando area professional baseball when they open up against the the Daytona Tortugas on April 6. Veteran Braves farm system Manager Paul Runge, will lead a team of promising young talent, making for an exciting inaugural season.