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A deal for the Reds to hold Spring Training in the desert is done.
The biggest hurdle remaining was for the Goodyear, Ariz., city council to approve a memorandum of understanding that would fund $32 million to bring the Reds west.
That approval came Monday night in a 6-0 vote.
Former chief operating officer John Allen, who served as the Reds’ point man in negotiations with Goodyear, was on hand for the vote and spoke at the council meeting.
“This memorandum is a committment by the Reds and the city that we’ll do this thing,” Allen said by phone from Arizona.
The Reds will begin training in Arizona in 2010; a new facility is being built to mirror the facility currently used by the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear. I’m disappointed that the Reds will be leaving Sarasota, but at least Ohio baseball fans will be able to take a vacation and see the Reds and Indians in the same place during spring training.
–I hope you are all enjoying the “Down on the Farm” feature daily here at Redleg Nation; our contributors Chris W (weekdays) and Tom (weekends) are doing a great job keeping us all updated on everything that’s happening with the Reds’ minor league affiliates. I do want to highlight one of our favorite blogs, however, for more on the farm system: RedsMinorLeagues.com. Always worth a read.