Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred came down solidly on the side of the Arizona Diamondbacks' ownership in the team's court battle with Maricopa County.
The Diamondbacks have sued the county, seeking to remove a clause from their stadium lease to allow the team to look to move elsewhere.
The team contends in the suit that the county has failed to allocate some $187 million for maintenance and improvements at Chase Field.
Manfred, speaking at a news conference Tuesday, said that "to be a major league-quality stadium," Chase Field "needs work."
The county has asked that the suit be dismissed and the matter sent to arbitration. The Diamondbacks oppose arbitration.