Cubs sign 30-year deal to keep spring training home in Mesa

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City council members in Mesa, Arizona voted unanimously to approve a 30-year contract with the Cubs that will include a new $99 million spring training complex.

Last year voters in Mesa approved the deal by a 2-to-1 margin, but Garin Groff of the East Valley Tribune reports that protesters have said the public wasn’t fully aware of the details at the time of the voting.

There’s also some controversy about bidding for the project and the below-market sale of nearby land to the Cubs.

According to Groff the current plan is to begin construction in the spring and complete the job by 2014, with the project involving 96 acres of land that is currently a golf course. Mesa has been the Cubs’ spring training home since 1979.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.