The Cubs and one of their sponsors is repainting the famous marquee outside Wrigley Field green today. It’s been red since the 60s, before that it was blue and yes, for a couple of years after it was first installed, the sign was green. So this is a historical thing:
Benjamin Moore painters and the team chipped away the paint in the upper left corner of the sign — digging through the purple that was used for the Northwestern-Illinois football game in 2010 and a layer of blue before finding the original dark green . . . Scraping away paint on the white stripes and lettering on the sign revealed an original gold color, which will be painted on today as well.
That’s kinda cool, and there are pictures of the details mentioned at the linked article. There is also this:
The marquee will remain green and gold until May 22, when it will be re-painted red.
As someone who has repainted most of the rooms of his house in the past year, I have to say the idea of painting anything and then going back and repainting a mere eight days later would make me want to cry.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.