Tunney continues to discuss parking. He also hints that a "global" solution will not be announced in the short term and rather it will come piece by piece (this sounds like a disaster to me) and that all they will announce is they are staying in lakeview: "My concern is the community, and there are so many moving parts I'm not exactly sure what we'll be able to announce but, hopefully announce that they're staying at Wrigley Field in Lakeview for the rest of their duration, at least until they win the World Series," Tunney said. "There's lots of different parts to this so I think when there is, it won't be a resolution of the many asks that are out there, but a confidence that they're staying in Lakeview." He also has the audacity to blame the hotel for traffic concerns....idiotic. 176 rooms is really going to push the needle on congestion problems. Building a multi-level garage on clark and grace will only create more traffic issues then currently exist. I imagine that the cubs, like all other teams, would add parking options to their season ticket holder plans. This will only encourage more drivers into the area. This lot is 3 blocks from the stadium (not far enough to lesson congestion - will only make it worse). I know this is has been discussed to a great extent here, but just when I think this guy has hit his low he continues to surprise me with complete asinine ideas/comments.
Take what you want from this. I am not sure how much clout the "Lake View Citizens’ Council" has in the situation. Also not sure how much the group is influenced by the alderman - 'he who must not be named".
I don't know how Ricketts has not lost it yet (I am sure he privately has). This just continues to defy any logic that is practical business sense.
Article on Cubs and Sox sales this year. Cubs portion references the new dynamic pricing model - I love how the team advertises that they cut bleacher seats pricing when the dynamic model has seats for as much as $132 for this weekend's series. Also don't know if I believe this (makes me think of the article Al posted on the BoSox attendance earlier this week): "The Cubs have had some smaller-than announced crowds throughout the early portion of the season, but according to those announced numbers, they are drawing 2,299 more fans than last season, through 19 games, and are in the top 10 in attendance at 37,086 per game."
Much of the same old same old but at least he writes with a little flavor...
Thought this was pretty cool. Cardenas is studying at NYU alongside his baseball career. Although I still think the Cubs go with Mather for the last bench spot and send Cardenas and Campana down. Mather has been solid throughout the spring and shows great versatility (played first, third and the outfield). Plus, if Lahair struggles early he will be a good plug at first until the Riz comes up. Hey, maybe AAA will keep him in school!
Kevin Goldstein ranks several Cubs on this list (I am guessing more for the likelihood of significant PT in the event the Cubs move several regulars). Note: to be eligible for this list you must be eligible for rookie of the year honors (thus no LaHair): 14. Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs Background: Where Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod go, Rizzo goes. Drafted by the Red Sox and then traded to the Padres, Hoyer made him the Cubs' first baseman of the future by trading Andrew Cashner for him. Rizzo's 2011 campaign was among the strangest in baseball; he had arguably the best numbers in the minor leagues, then hit a disturbing .141/.281/.242 in 128 at bats for the Padres. What he can do: Rizzo can hit for average and power, and until his disastrous stint in San Diego, he was doing both for the first time at Triple-A. At the same time, the offensive environment at Triple-A Reno produced some bad swing habits that will need to be corrected; he needs to focus more on contact and allow his strength to help him, as opposed to looking to hit home runs. Playing-time situation: The Cubs have made it clear that Bryan LaHair is their Opening Day first baseman. As such, Rizzo will begin 2012 working out the kinks in a more neutral environment at Triple-A Iowa. But he could be ready by midseason, and his arrival likely would kick LaHair to the outfield. Long-term value: Rizzo projects as an above-average first baseman, which gives him plenty of value, though not everyone is convinced he'll be a star. 21. Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs Background: Jackson, the 31st overall pick in the 2009 draft, entered professional baseball with the reputation of an outstanding tools player who strikes out too much. Now on the verge of the big leagues, he is generally seen by scouts as an outstanding tools player … who still strikes out too much. What he can do: Jackson provides plenty of excitement both on the field and on a fantasy level. He had 20 home runs and 21 stolen bases last year in just 115 games split between Double-A and Triple-A. The question is just how much he's going to hit. His .297/.388/.551 line in 48 Triple-A games last year created quite a stir, but with 64 whiffs in 185 at-bats, there are indications that there was a lot of luck involved and that high a batting average is unsustainable. Playing-time situation: While the Cubs were tempted to bring up Jackson last year, they want him to work on his contact issues at Triple-A Iowa, and there is currently no room for him on the big league roster. A Marlon Byrd trade could change that, but if Jackson makes strides during the first half of the season, the Cubs will bring him up regardless of their outfield situation. Long-term value: While he'll never compete for a batting title, power/speed combinations are fantasy gold, and Jackson's 20/20 season in 2011 shouldn't be his last. 26. Welington Castillo, C, Cubs Background: Castillo has been in the Cubs' system for six years, and his development has been slowed by injuries. But he has made slow and steady progress over the years, and finally broke out in 2011 with a .287/.359/.516 line at Triple-A Iowa. What he can do: Castillo offers more offense at catcher than your average bear. His aggressive approach and tendency to strike out will keep his average down, and he runs, well, like a catcher, but he has above-average power for the position and could hit 15-20 home runs per season in a full-time role. Playing-time situation: Castillo will open the year as a backup to Geovany Soto, but with the Cubs in rebuilding mode and Soto heading to free agency in two years, a trade that provides Castillo with more at-bats is a distinct possibility, and it would up his value significantly. Long-term value: Castillo holds the title of Cubs catcher of the future for now, but that's almost by default. 49. Dave Sappelt, OF, Cubs Background: Ever since he was picked in the ninth round of the 2008 draft, all Sappelt has done is hit. He's a career .309/.362/.459 hitter in the minors. He wasn't able to duplicate that success in his big league debut in 2011, however; he often looked overmatched in his 107 at-bats. What he can do: While he's hardly a physical specimen at 5-foot-9, Sappelt is an advanced hitter with outstanding hand-eye coordination and bat speed. He doesn't offer much in the way of power, but he's an above-average runner and should steal a few bases, while his ability to play all three outfield positions helps his value. Playing-time situation: Sappelt is battling for a bench outfield job this spring, and his primary competition besides Reed Johnson is Tony Campana, who brings nothing to the table other than speed. Long-term value: Sappelt might never be a long-term starter in the big leagues, but he belongs in the majors. 67. Adrian Cardenas, IF, Cubs 94. Rafael Dolis, RP, Cubs
I have some Boston friends coming in town for the Saturday night Sox game this summer. Given this will be among the hardest tickets to get this season, I was thinking about purchasing 4 Bleacher seats in the MasterCard pre-sale. Doing some math I realized that this would be an outrageously expensive bleacher ticket: Marquee Bleacher -$78.00 15% Pre-Sale Cost- $11.70 12% Amusement Tax- $10.77 Price Per Ticket - $100.47 So to buy 4 tickets it would run me over $400. I know that last season cheap (relatively) seats became available for almost all games as the season went along. The issue is these guys are coming from out of town and I need to secure seats. Anyone with any similar situations that might have a strategy for this one?
Keith Law ranks the farm systems: NL Central: 4. Cards - They've drafted very well in the past few years, which has to be heartening to Astros fans, as Houston just hired Jeff Luhnow, who oversaw the Cards' recent drafts, as GM. St. Louis also has done an excellent job of developing the players it's drafted. I really like how the Cards are set up to contend continuously during the next five years. 8. Pirates - The Pirates' top tier of prospects is very strong, but there's surprisingly little depth given how high they've drafted and how much they've spent on amateur talent. 19. Reds - I would have ranked the Reds several spots higher before the Mat Latos trade, probably top 10. Outside of Devin Mesoraco, every guy with high ceiling in this system played in low Class A or below in 2011, and they're all quite high risk to go with the high reward. 20. Cubs - An unfairly maligned system, in my opinion -- not a great system, but not a disastrous one. And I say that as someone who's relatively bearish on some of the Cubs' more famous prospects. 27. Astros - The Astros might have been last if they hadn't traded Hunter Pence or Michael Bourn in July. Even though neither haul was that great, the prospects represented a major infusion into a barren system. Other notes: 1. Padres - Without Anthony Rizzo, they no longer have a top-25 prospect in their system, but in terms of total future value of players likely to play significant roles in the big leagues, they're ahead of everyone else. Some of these players, especially from the 2011 draft, will develop into stars. But there are so many prospects here with high floors, players who would be top-10 or top-five in other systems but are 11-20 here (such as Robbie Erlin or Edinson Rincon), that they are well-positioned to compete even with modest major league payrolls during the next five to six years. Fans who were upset at the sudden departures of GM Jed Hoyer and assistant GM Jason McLeod for the Cubs should find solace in the fact that the prospects they helped bring into the system (along with many other scouts and execs, including Chris Gwynn, now with Seattle, and Jaron Madison and Randy Smith, still in San Diego) remain in place. 30. White Sox - And they're not particularly close to No. 29, either. When you don't spend money in the draft, you're not going to fare well in anyone's organizational rankings. The new collective bargaining agreement, which clamps down on teams' ability to acquire premium talent in the draft through higher bonuses, was the result of a long-standing effort by White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who wanted to force other teams to play by his rules.
1-year deal. I was shocked to see that DeRosa was already 36-years old. This may be the last stop for Mark.
Cubs finish 112 out of 122 in the "Ultimate Team Rankings". Ratings are based on: Bang for the Buck Fan Relations Ownership Affordability Stadium Experience Players Coaching Title Track
Has anyone used this before? It sounds awesome in principal but does it work?
Levine trying to compare Castro to D-Rose and Sori. My favorite line from Q: "Hey, the Cubs are 2-0 when he steals a base," manager Mike Quade said. "He's really playing well. I think he had eight hits in the series. Not bad."
Interesting article on the "best" food item at each MLB stadium. For the Cubs it lists the North Side Twist Pretzel. I wasn't even aware that this gigantic pretzel existed. Anyone had it yet? Personally I would stick to Vienna Dogs and Old Style.
this is an interesting link to some fun cubs quizzes. Hope everyone performs well.
Lou is angry
How do you think he will perform as hitting coach?
Cuban talks about what it would have been like to own the Cubs. http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/story?id=4903558
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