/ Modified aug 16, 2017 1:03 p.m.

Pima County Wants Major League Baseball Back

Letter to MLB's Milwaukee Brewers pushes Kino Stadium for 2018 spring training.

Kino Stadium Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson. (PHOTO: Courtesy Kino Sports Complex)

Pima County officials sent a letter to the Milwaukee Brewers this week asking the team to consider the Kino Stadium Complex for its spring training next season and bring Major League Baseball back to Tucson.

The 17-page letter includes a map of the sports complex and photographs of the facility, highlighting the 8,000-seat stadium along with a clubhouse, parking and adjoining baseball and soccer fields. It promises safe, playable conditions for athletes along with waste reduction and recycling for environmental sustainability.

The county sent the letter after the city of Gilbert declined the Brewers’ plan to move there. That proposal collapsed when city leaders rejected the idea of spending taxpayer money on a new stadium, clubhouse and retail center.

The Brewers currently hold spring training in Phoenix on a year-to-year contract. Tucson last hosted a major league team in 2009, when the Arizona Diamondbacks used Kino Stadium for spring training workouts and pre-season games.

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