By RENE ESCOBAR
Baseball has not been played in Tucson since April of 2012 the last baseball club to call Tucson home were the Tucson Padres, Triple-A affiliate for Major League Baseball club San Diego Padres.
But will Kino Stadium remain empty through the baseball season? Not for long I say.
Tucson has always had a love affair with baseball from the Sidewinders to the Padres, so Tucsonans say.
But low attendance plagued the Padres throughout their 3 seasons at Kino Sports Stadium. According to Baseballrefrences.com the Padres attendance record for the 2013 season was only 4000 people the stadium holds 11,500 people.
The padres were a decent team there last year in Tucson (2013) they were Division Champions with a 77-67 record and playing for a Triple-A championship. Yet had little support from the people of Tucson.
MLB also gave Tucson Baseball fans a gut punch by pulling The Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Colorado Rockies and relocating them to Phoenix.
Due to logistic problems stating that the drive to Phoenix from Tucson was too long they want to be in the same general area.
These players and coaches don’t have an hour and a half bus ride segment in their multi-hundred million dollar contracts so they just moved to a city where they can walk to the stadiums. While leaving a city, who loves them behind with nothing but a newly renovated stadium.
None the less a baseball affiliate could see Tucson as legitimate location for their team with Major League Soccer preseason here and American Hockey League showcasing that Tucson has a love for sports.
Also, Tucson seems to be growing more and more companies are putting money into the economy making Tucson more likeable.
And when thinking about it what baseball club doesn’t want a newly renovated barley used stadium for their location of play.
To all baseball fans keep your heads high and keep the hope alive that one day we will have Tucson baseball alive again.