No Jumbotron for Wrigley Field

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I tend not to think of the dark and horrible things in this world, so I had never considered that the Cubs might one day add a Jumbotron to Wrigley Field.  Good thing that the first I’ve ever heard about it is when the idea is rejected:

Plans for a Jumbotron at Wrigley Field aren’t in the team’s
immediate future, though the Cubs are looking at bringing instant
replay to fans with smartphones . . . The Cubs, of course, remain the last major professional sports team
without an electronic scoreboard with replay capacity, which is one of
the charms of going to Wrigley Field. But with all the lost revenues
from not having a Jumbotron, some wonder how much longer the team can
hold out from installing 20th Century technology, especially in an
economic downturn.

If the Cubs can survive 100 years of losing, 70 years of day baseball when everyone has gone to night, and a couple decades without state-of-the-art luxury boxes, they can certainly survive without dot races and giant electronic letters informing the fans that, yes, it is time to make NOISE.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.