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The Wrigley Field renovations are nice . . . for some

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Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has a story about new-look Wrigley Field.

The historic park has undergone renovations in each of the last couple of offseasons and will continue to do so in future offseasons in a massive, mutli-year overhaul. It’s an overhaul that was certainly necessary. The park was not a wreck or anything, but it was certainly showing its age, with chunks of concrete crumbling in some places.

Another concern: it was antiquated as far as amenities for players were concerned. The clubhouses and dugouts were cramped and, it was feared, the Cubs would be at a competitive disadvantage if they could not make the place more comfortable for the men who played there. As Sullivan reports, that has been dramatically improved and the players seem to like it so far.

Not everyone is happy, though. Expanding the dugout has led to a slight problem for people sitting down the left field line:

When the Cubs decided to move and enlarge the dugouts and build a swanky, exclusive club behind home plate, they also changed some of the seats down the left- and right-field lines, making them smaller.

Some complained those aren’t big enough for regular-sized fans. One said they were built for “middle school students,” and another wondered if they were modeled after middle seats in the back of airplanes. One fan called it the “120-pound or less section,” and another called the section “the Spirit Airlines of stadium seats.”

I’m sure there’s plenty of room in that swanky, exclusive club behind home plate, though.

CC Sabathia hopes to play one more year

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Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:

“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”

Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.

Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.