1/6/10 Mesa update
The city of Mesa was expected to decide whether to spend $684,000 to build covered batting cages at the Cubs’ Fitch Park facility by the end of the week.
City manager Chris Brady told the Arizona Republic a decision should be made by Thursday at the latest and that if approved, the work could still be done in time for 2010 Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa on Feb. 18.
The city is still waiting to hear if the Cubs will keep their Spring Training headquarters in Mesa or move to Naples, Fla. Brady met with Cubs officials on Dec. 18 in Chicago and came away from the meeting optimistic that the team would remain in Arizona. Officials connected with the Naples proposal still plan on having a rally sometime this month in Collier County.
The Cubs were expected to make a decision this month.
— Carrie Muskat