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Mesa offers Cubs new batting cages

December 15, 2009 8:47:31 AM PST
As the Chicago Cubs look at other spring training options, the city of Mesa, Arizona, is trying to keep the team by offering new batting cages. A proposal to help modernize Fitch Park, where the Cubs go for spring training, is up for consideration before the Mesa City Council. The new batting cages would cost about $750,000.

The vote was delayed on Monday after a councilman objected to how quickly the city was trying to push through the deal for the cages.

City Manager Chris Brady said the city considered the cages part of ongoing discussions with the Cubs to modernize spring training facilities.

The Cubs, meanwhile, are considering potential new homes on the Gila River Indian Community or near Naples, Fla.

If the team stays in Mesa, it wants more modern facilities than Hohokam Park or Fitch Park, where Mesa plans to install the semi-enclosed batting cages.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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