Will new West Palm Beach baseball stadium produce Hall of Famers? The old one did.

The architects planning the new Major League Baseball spring training complex in West Palm Beach are promoting the facility as a place where local fans can see current and future stars.

Maybe it will even produce a few future Hall of Famers some day. West Palm Beach’s last spring training complex did just that.

Playing for the Class A West Palm Beach Expos in 1986, Randy Johnson hit six batters, walked 94 and threw 13 wild pitches in 119 2/3 innings.

Playing for the Class A West Palm Beach Expos in 1986, Randy Johnson hit six batters, walked 94 and threw 13 wild pitches in 119 2/3 innings.

In fact, three more players who spent time at old West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today.

Pitcher Randy Johnson broke in with the Montreal Expos and pitched in West Palm Beach as a minor leaguer and in spring training.

John Smoltz spent time throwing baseballs off Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard with the Atlanta Braves and Pedro Martinez did the same during spring training with the Expos.

Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz represent the second straight year that a single Hall of Fame class had three inductees with ties to West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium.

Last year, Braves manager Bobby Cox went in along with two of his pitchers, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

Other Hall of Famers who spent time playing in West Palm Beach include Hank Aaron, Gary Carter and Andre Dawson.

There has been no decision yet on whether the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, which is scheduled to open south of 45th Street by 2017, will host minor league teams.

West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium did host Florida State League teams before closing after the 1997 season.

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