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Cactus League president Robert Brinton, left, who is also the executive director of the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau speaks during a press conference on new plans the City of Mesa is going forward with to keep the Cubs here in Mesa for Spring Training as Mesa Mayor Scott Smith,right, looks on, Thursday, June 3, 2010 in Mesa. (Tim Hacker/Tribune)
Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau president Robert Brinton looks over the installation of the Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience exhibit, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 in Tempe.