12/9 Spring Training
The Cubs are expected to announce next month where they could relocate for Spring Training in 2012. GM Jim Hendry has some input, but said ultimately, it will be the Ricketts family’s decision.
“There’s a lot of intangibles that, as a general manager, I don’t have a right to weigh in on,” Hendry said. “There’s going to be a huge commitment of dollars and land and things like that. Those things are way out of my realm of expertise, as they should be. Tom [Ricketts, chairman] has to do what’s best for the organization, and I don’t have any doubt he will. I think every decision he’ll make with his family will be designed for the Cubs’ future.
“My 15 years in Arizona have been outstanding and the people in Mesa have been great to us. The financial end and long-term commitment are things I’m not privy to.”
The Cubs are believed to be considering two sites in Arizona, including in Mesa, which is their current location, and two sites in Collier County near Naples, Fla.
– Carrie Muskat