“triangle building,” a large open-air courtyard, the possible addition of a restaurant, widened concourses and expanded
restrooms, some of which will be completed for this season. It doesn’t sound like the troughs are going anywhere.
The only parts of the park that will not be reconfigured, according to the report, are the
bleachers, which already have been altered by more seats and a
One interesting note from the piece is that during a Cubs Convention
panel discussion about the business of baseball, team president Crane
Kenney took an informal show-of-hands vote on whether to keep flying
the “L” flag after a home loss. Most were opposed to changing one of
baseball’s quirkiest traditions.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.