The Cubs spring training facility to be named after a toilet flush valve company

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I’m sure the Sloan Valve Company makes other things now, but they were put on the map by “the introduction of the Royal flushometer, a valve to release a measured amount of water to flush a urinal or toilet.” Now they’re literally on the map in Mesa, Arizona, having purchased the naming rights to the Cubs’ spring training complex:

Sloan Park will be the new name of what had been known as Cubs Park since the facility opened in 2014.

The Franklin Park commercial plumbing company, which makes flush valves and other restroom products, will become one of the Cubs’ “legacy” partners and have fixed signage in the visiting bullpen at Wrigley Field.

Which will be handy if and when they finish a really crappy year and start looking forward to next spring.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.