Major League Baseball is unhappy with Chase Field’s conditions, even to the point of possibly relocating the Diamondbacks.
According to Rebekah L. Sanders, “Major League Baseball officials are so alarmed by recent equipment breakdowns at Chase Field that they might require the Arizona Diamondbacks to leave Phoenix unless the county government pays for millions of dollars in stadium repairs, an attorney for the team warned Tuesday.”
In that same article, Leo Beus, an attorney for the Diamondbacks, stated that the MLB is very concerned about the issue. “If Major League Baseball decides they want to create issues for us, there might not be baseball at all in Arizona.”
For those living in Phoenix, this is nothing new. The scuffle between the Diamondbacks and Maricopa County goes back to March of 2016 when the team was unhappy about repairs that the county failed to pay for. Although the Diamondback’s lease ends in 2028, they can start looking around in 2024. It seems that the MLB and the Diamondbacks want to expedite the process.
If the Diamondbacks move out of Arizona, fans such as myself may be left with overpriced spring training games. I’ll continue to cover the relocation rumor as it goes around.