Both papers today have articles about the future of the Cubs and both are pretty interesting. Gordon Wittenmyer at the Sun Times takes a look at the next Anthony Rizzo.
The Cubs still have the worst record in baseball, and whether the brass will feel the need or the heat to sign some free agents next winter, the overall plan of building a homegrown core doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.
But the best of the best-looking Cubs prospects are in Class A ball (Javier Baez, Dillon Maples, Matt Szczur, etc.) and years away from their debuts.
Some who might be even better (Jorge Soler, Albert Almora) aren’t officially even in the system yet, with Soler’s signing to be announced by Monday and top draft pick Almora’s signing expected to come closer to the July 13 deadline for draft picks.
Admittedly, it could be a long time before another debut day like Rizzo’s on Tuesday.
So, rough estimate, 4 more years before the Cubs actually field a home grown team.
But, in the meantime, Paul Sullivan says the Cubs are serious about getting a Jumbotron and other things.
(Jean Marie) Smith (Orioles VP Planning and Development - former Red Sox) credits Red Sox owners and President Larry Lucchino with the plan.
“They thought that putting too many seats on top of the Green Monster would take some of the novelty out of it after a couple of years,” she said. “The idea of making them interesting spots so they’d continue to be popular long after the newness had worn off is something they really deserve credit for. And D’Agostino Izzo Quirk, the architectural firm now working with the Cubs, offered those designs.”
The Cubs insist the Green Monster didn’t “inspire” their patio, though Smith said they “certainly” are similar concepts.
“It’s certainly the trend in parks today,” she said. “Not everyone is sitting in their seats keeping a scorecard after every pitch. It’s nice to have opportunities for those who want to be at the ballpark, be a part of the scene and love the game, but are interested in social interaction as well.”
The article does mention that the Cubs still seem to have issues with Mayor Emanuel. It also mentions that the Red Sox upgrades were self financed (although you have to not blink to catch it).