Major League Baseball Not A Priority For Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Dated: February 3 2014

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Advocates of bringing a Major League Baseball club to Portland make it appear that Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and other elected officials strongly support their cause. A column published late last month on MLB.com — Major League Baseball’s official website — claims that Hales has endorsed a site next to Memorial Coliseum and the “new” Rose Garden for a baseball stadium. Not so, according to Hales aide Dana Haynes. In an email, Haynes told the Business Journal that “this is not a priority project for the mayor; it wasn’t in 2013 and it isn’t in 2014.” The article, however, quotes architect and baseball supporter Barry Smith as saying “When we went to the mayor’s office, the response was, ‘This is too good to be true. What do you need us to do?’” Haynes’ comments are consistent with an in-depth Portland Business Journal Centerpiece article last October, in which Hales aide Josh Alpert says the mayor is indifferent to the idea, and a possible site for any stadium is unresolved. I’ve spoken with some of the baseball supporters. They’re passionate. Their heart is in the right place. They make some good points, chief among them that Portland is the largest region in the U.S. without a Major League Baseball team. Yet even Rob Neyer, a noted baseball author and national baseball editor at SB Nation, questions any widespread support among Portland city officials — or residents, for that matter. A lot of things must happen for Portland to land a Major League club. Chief among them is the support of our public officials. It’s clearly not there, however badly baseball supporters want to believe it is.

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Mark Ross

For Mark Ross, founder of Ross NW Real Estate and professional real estate broker, real estate has always been the career of choice. During his 30 years in the industry, Mark has gained experience in ....

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