Cubs to Spring in Mesa, But Say Goodbye to HoHoKam

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Cubs to Spring in Mesa, But Say Goodbye to HoHoKam

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There’s no place like hohohome. Unless it’s Hohokam. Oh snap! See what I did there? I’m so freaking witty.

The Chicago Cubs, rumored to be leaving Mesa, Arizona to begin springing in Florida in the next few years, will be staying in Mesa for the forseeable future. But we can all say goodbye to the high school facility the Cubs used to play in.

In past months Mesa officials had held out hope that the Cubs would be happy with additional renovations to HoHoKam Park, but apparently the new owners of the Cubs have indicated they’d prefer a new facility, as city officials return from meetings in Chicago and map out a strategy to keep the Cubs in Mesa.

So city officials, we’re told, are abandoning talk of a HoHoKam Park renovation in favor of a new spring facility, probably on the west side closer to the airport. There, the Cubs can pursue additional development and finally unite the training camp with the spring ballpark (currently the Cubs train at Finch Field and play games at HoHoKam Park). Pursuant to this new strategy the city is putting together a list of possible training sites within the city, but father away from downtown Mesa.

One thing is for certain, we’re told by insiders: there’s very little chance of the Cubs moving to Florida, no matter how bad Naples officials covet the team. Spring Training Online.

Further away from the mecca that is downtown Mesa? Whatever will we do?

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.