Cubs hold official groundbreaking for Wrigley Field renovation project


The Cubs held an official groundbreaking today for renovations at Wrigley Field. It’s being called the “1060 Project” in reference to the stadium’s address at 1060 West Addison Street. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and MLB commissioner Bud Selig were both on-hand for the festivities.

The Cubs hope to have the $575 million Wrigleyville renovation completed by Opening Day in 2018. The first of four phases will take place this winter, including plans for seven new outfield signs and a massive jumbotron above the left field bleachers. The Cubs have 177 days to get the work done before Opening Day next season.

There’s a long way to go in the process, but Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts told Patrick Mooney of that he hopes the new-look Wrigley Field will host an All-Star Game once renovations are completed.

“Obviously, we’d love to host an All-Star Game when the renovations are done,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said. “It’s been about 30 years since our last All-Star Game. I’ll leave the rest of that to private conversations with the commissioner.

“But hopefully we’ll have an announcement at some point that brings an All-Star Game to Wrigley Field.”

You can look at details of the project here.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.