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

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JIM HENDRY IS A GOOD GUY( WHO LIKE ME )LOVES THE CUBS.HE IS AFRAID OF LOSING HIS GM POSITION AND HE PROBABLY WOULD LOVE TO TELL RICKETTS MOVING THE SPRING TRAINING HOME TO FL. IS A CRAZY IDEA. HENRDY PROBABLY CAN ONLY GO SO FAR, AS TO SAY” MY 15 YEARS IN ARIZONA HAS BEEN GREAT.” HE MIGHT ALSO WANT TO SAY “BOSS THE TEAM FILLS THE PARK EVERYDAY IN ARIZONA, JUST LIKE CHICAGO”, BUT THEY WILL NOT DO THAT IN FL. BECAUSE THE FANS ARE NOT THE SAME. RICKETTS SHOULD ASK SEASONED BALL PLAYERS WHO HAVE PLAYED IN BOTH ARIZONA AND FL.AND HE WILL FIND THAT THEY PREFER ARIZONA. HOPE THESE NEW GUYS KNOW WHAT ARE GETTING THEMSELVES INTO BY MOVING TO FL. —- LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE IT WOULD BE VERY BAD LEAVING ARIZONA.– A FL. TEAM WOULD MOVE TO ARIZONA AND SAY FOR YEARS TO COME “THANK YOU, TOM RICKETTS FOR THE $$$$ WE DRAW IN ARIZONA.”

Geez….Hendry HAS a realm of expertise? Obviously it’s not evaluating outfielders or “left handed hitters for the postseason” or closers..or back up infielders..or back up catchers. I’d be happy if the spring training location was the ONLY decision Hendry was responsable for making.

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