CONTROVERSY: Former MLB player building mini ball field in backyard. Here’s why Rose Law Group Founder and President Jordan Rose is upbeat about such projects.

By Jason Barry | AZFamily

CHANDLER, AZ (AZFamily)— Former Major League Baseball player JJ Hardy is building a miniature baseball field on his property, and some neighbors aren’t happy about it.

Pam Lang lives across the street from Hardy’s house. “Everybody has a right to enjoy their own yard, but this is something that is beyond what is reasonable to expect your neighbors to tolerate,” said Lang.

The Chandler mom reached out to Arizona’s Family to explain what was going on behind her house.

She said Hardy is building a field of dreams in his backyard for his family and friends.

Lang insists she had no idea the baseball field was being built until construction started a couple of months ago when she noticed a dozen 20-foot poles going up.

Looking at a big fence and lights every night is not something Lang wants to be subjected to.

“I didn’t sign up to live next to a baseball field,” said Lang. “It’s like a commercial, like living next to Top Golf, you know.”

Drone footage of the property near Gilbert and Riggs Road shows that a tennis court and putting green are already on site.


“Baseball can be a great neighbor and a lot of joy.  Hoping the neighbors and Major Leaguer play ball together and make this a terrific addition to the community!“ –Jordan Rose, Rose Law Group founder and zoning attorney who has assisted with zoning for other backyard ballparks

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