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J.J. Hardy Creates Controversy with ‘Field of Dreams’ Backyard Project in Chandler, Arizona

Oct 8, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles former player J.J. Hardy throws out the ceremonial first pitch before game two of the ALDS for the 2023 MLB playoffs between the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

In the suburbs of Chandler, Arizona, two-time All-Star J.J. Hardy is causing quite a stir among his neighbors with the construction of a “Field of Dreams” baseball diamond in his backyard.

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Hardy’s neighbor, Pam Lang, reached out to AZ Family when she noticed 20-foot poles behind installed in Hardy’s backyard. Lang pointed out, “I didn’t sign up to live next to a baseball field.”

In response, Maricopa County officials have informed J.J. Hardy that he must secure the necessary permits by April 22nd to complete his backyard Field of Dreams project.

The construction is underway near the corner of Gilbert and Riggs Road.

Video credits to @azfamily

Having played in the majors for 13 seasons from 2005 until his retirement in 2017, Hardy earned numerous accolades including the Silver Slugger award in 2013, two All-Star selections, and three Gold Glove awards.

He was originally drafted by the Brewers in the 2nd round of the 2001 draft out of Sabino High School in Tuscon, Arizona. Now, Hardy has returned to Arizona to enjoy the sunny skies and warm weather in retirement.

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