Near the end of spring training in 1990, MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent came to Arizona Gov. Rose Mofford with an ultimatum, according to former Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Bruner. “Major League Baseball loves Arizona, but the Cactus League facilities are not very good,” Bruner said Vincent told Mofford. “If we didn’t do something to clean up the mess, the teams would look at other options.”

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