Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, December 20, 2012

AZ Republic: A’s, Mesa near deal for Hohokam Stadium

A move by the Oakland Athletics to Hohokam Stadium is all but a done deal, thanks to action Thursday by the Mesa City Council.

The council approved a memorandum of understanding sketching the broad outlines of an agreement that will bring the A’s to Mesa for at least 20 years, with options for two five-year extensions.

Oakland conducted spring training in Mesa 1969-78 — an era whose legendary teams won consecutive World Series 1972-74.

“We think they’re sort of coming home,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “When I was in junior high and high school, the A’s were the team in Mesa with Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando, Rick Monday — the ASU trio.”

Oakland has trained at Phoenix Municipal Stadium since 1984. But their lease expires at the end of 2014, the same year the Phoenix stadium turns 50, and the team couldn’t reach an agreement with Phoenix about upgrading the ballpark.

Phoenix Muni is now seen as the most likely future home for the Arizona State University baseball team, which would be displaced if ASU moves ahead with plans to redevelop the site of Packard Stadium.

Lower in the story, there’s this weirdness:

Wolff said Phoenix had told the A’s it couldn’t afford to upgrade Muni to match the team’s desires. “We really needed a major remodeling of the Municipal Stadium,” he said. Lacking that, “we started looking for another option.”

The expiration of Oakland’s contract with Phoenix was perfectly timed, he said, with the Cubs’ departure from Hohokam, leaving a window during which Hohokam can be renovated before the A’s begin playing there.

“We try to fulfill all of our contracts,” Wolff said. “Sometimes we wish our players would do the same.”

Now what’s THAT about?

Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: December 20, 2012 at 05:03 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: arizona, athletics, cubs, oakland, spring training

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. GGIAS (aka Poster Nutbag) Posted: December 20, 2012 at 07:25 PM (#4329684)
Well....it's a start......
   2. valuearbitrageur Posted: December 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM (#4329688)
Come on Lewis, lighten up, you are spending the publics monies anyways. Nice $15m handout, Mesa.
   3. You're a clown, RMc! I'm tired of it! Posted: December 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM (#4330022)
Anybody else read that as "Hoboken Stadium"? Just me? Again? Fine.
   4. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: December 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM (#4330043)
Now what’s THAT about?

Something about handjobs in the small, small print? Lew Wolff is a lonely man.
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4330078)
OK, HohoKAM is in Arizona.

HohoKUS and HoBOken are in New Jersey.
   6. JJ1986 Posted: December 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM (#4330084)
“We try to fulfill all of our contracts,” Wolff said. “Sometimes we wish our players would do the same.”


Maybe he's talking about Grant Desme.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Dingbat_Charlie
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 16 October 2017: Sorry, Yankee fans: Trump’s claim that he can ensure victory simply isn’t true
(318 - 2:05am, Oct 17)
Last: Jay Z

NewsblogEXPANSION COULD TRIGGER REALIGNMENT, LONGER POSTSEASON
(45 - 1:47am, Oct 17)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogScandal surrounding the Atlanta Braves is creating more questions | The Telegraph
(19 - 1:30am, Oct 17)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogPerrotto: Managerial Rumors and Rumblings
(7 - 1:17am, Oct 17)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogALCS Game 3 OMNICHATTER, for October 16, 2017
(129 - 1:05am, Oct 17)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogOT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread
(177 - 12:40am, Oct 17)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogOT - 2017 NFL thread
(131 - 12:22am, Oct 17)
Last: Dog on the sidewalk

NewsblogOT: New Season August 2017 Soccer Thread
(1095 - 12:03am, Oct 17)
Last: Nose army. Beef diaper? (CoB)

NewsblogWith bat flips and fly balls, Yasiel Puig puts on a swaggering Game 1 show | Plaschke
(44 - 11:19pm, Oct 16)
Last: Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame)

NewsblogNick Cafardo: Brian Cashman and the Yankees followed the Red Sox’ blueprint — and may have done it better
(44 - 10:38pm, Oct 16)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

Gonfalon CubsFive minute Los Angeles Dodgers Preview
(45 - 8:05pm, Oct 16)
Last: the Hugh Jorgan returns

NewsblogJoe Maddon calls John Lackey, not Wade Davis | MLB.com
(64 - 6:25pm, Oct 16)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 2009 Discussion
(15 - 3:41pm, Oct 16)
Last: DL from MN

Gonfalon CubsFive minute Washington National Preview
(178 - 2:07pm, Oct 16)
Last: JC in DC

NewsblogNLCS Game 2 OMNICHATTER, for October 15, 2017
(331 - 11:02am, Oct 16)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

Page rendered in 0.3061 seconds
47 querie(s) executed