go to MSN.com
Found January 19, 2013 on Next Impulse Sports:
TEAMS: Chicago Cubs

Via Cosby Sweaters:

Wrigley Field is due for a makeover, and it looks like it will be getting a pretty great one. Check out the photos of the proposed new renovations which will cost around $300 million dollars and take five years to finish. The changes will include overhauls of concessions, bathrooms, and even a new clubhouse for the players.   According to the teams study and research, the overhaul would create 2,100 jobs and bring in $1.2 billion of new revenue for the city of Chicago and for the Cubs.   The renovation is penciled in for the fall of 2014 if the Cubs can get approval from the city of Chicago.  The Cubs announced their plans at the Cubs Convention during a presentation given by Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney.

“We listened to you, and your love for this ballpark came through loud and clear,” Kenney said. “Your input was put into this ballpark, and what you see is the direction we’re heading.”

Kenney also made mention of the issues which the Cubs are facing in paying for the expensive face-lift.

“In most ballparks, if you’re a publically funded facility like our friends on the South Side, there’s an amusement tax, Kenney said. “…If this is such an asset (to the community) and we’re being restricted, we need some help. If they want to treat us like the other 29 (privately owned) clubs, where we can play games whenever, have advertisements, the Rickets will be prepared to write the check.”

THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Cubs signed Jeff Samardzija and James Russell

It was reported yesterday that the Cubs signed Jeff Samardzija and James Russell to avoid arbitration. The Cubs signed Matt Garza yesterday and earlier this week they signed Luis Valbuena. Those were the only four players the Cubs had eligible for arbitration. The Jeff Samardzija contract is worth $2.64 million and they signed James Russell for $1.075 million. Totals for arbitraiton...

Couple things from the Cubs Convention

The guys at Vine Line got me a ticket to this year's convention.Because they're awesome.In the past I always arrived late to that Saturday morning meeting with the GM and Manager, ended up standing in the back of the crowded ballroom getting pictures of the backs of Cub fan's heads.I thought with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Dale Sveum and Shiraz Rehman, I should finally...

Cubs Rumors: Alfonso Soriano Wants to Remain in Chicago

There have been several trade rumors swirling around Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano this offseason, but the veteran told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that he hopes to remain with the club and be a part of their next winning team. "I want to stay here and finish my career here and try to win before I retire," Soriano said. "I signed here to bring a ...

Epstein won't waver from Cubs' long-term plan

Although the Chicago Cubs are coming off a 61-101 season, team president Theo Epstein sounded an optimistic tone in recent days as the team's push toward spring training heated up. "It's postseason or bust every year," Epstein said. "That's what our goal is." If teams and their executives, even realistic ones like Epstein, can't be optimistic...

Are the Cubs looking to make amends with Sammy Sosa?

On paper, Sammy Sosa is one of the greatest Chicago Cubs of all-time. The 7-time All-Star mashed 609 homers while maintaing a .273 batting average during his 18-year MLB career. Fans loved him, team owners wanted him, and sports writers awed over him. At least until allegations of performance-enhancing drugs surfaced at the tailend of his playing days.Sosa's link to steroids...

Jeff Samardzija under the radar

After years of being the golden boy and fan favorite who couldn't quite get there, Jeff Samardzija arrived as a starter in 2012. His record and ERA perhaps belittle the type of season he really had. His record of 9-13 with an ERA of 3.89 in 28 starts might not excite anyone. If you dig a little deeper, there was a lot of impressive stuff about his season considering it was his...

Wrigley renovation to run $300 million

The Chicago Cubs announced a five-year, $300 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field at the annual Cubs convention on Saturday. There are still several hurdles to clear, including funding for the project, but owner Tom Ricketts is confident renovations can begin as early as October, starting with the home clubhouse. Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said the Ricketts...

Player Profile #140: Anthony Rizzo | 1B | CHC

On more than one occasion I’ve been asked the following question: “Would you rather keep Eric Hosmer or Anthony Rizzo?” Well, Rizzo appears first in our countdown for 2013, so if this season is your primary concern, then I’d say Hosmer. But to be perfectly honest, I like Rizzo a lot more than I thought I would just one year ago. In 2011, Rizzo stepped to the plate 153 times...

Another Cubs Convention Has Come and Gone

Another Chicago Cubs Convention has come and gone, and all that we are left with are the memories of the annual celebration and kick off to the upcoming baseball season. Like most years, the convention was filled with fans all dressed in their Cubby best, packing the halls waiting to meet their favorite Cub players from today and from yesteryear. What was not the same though, was...

Shark Month

Deconstructing an awful month for a pretty good pitcher. Jeff Samardzija and the Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration right before Cubs convention got underway as both sides agreed to a one year, $2.64MM deal. This was first reported by our very own Anno:   BREAKING NEWS: A WORLD SERIES DREAMING EXCLISIVE Directly from Theo Epstein HIMSELF! Russell & Samardzija have been signed...
Cubs News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

RG3 explains why he wears one black cleat and one white cleat

On Thursday, Robert Griffin III strolled onto the practice field for the first time this season. This in and of itself is not exactly newsworthy. However, the fact that the Washington Redskins quarterback was wearing a black cleat and black stocking on one leg and a white cleat and white stocking on the other is.Naturally, reporters were curious to know the explanation from Griffin...
Via Bush League Chronicle
2 hours ago

NFL totally drops the ball regarding Ray Rice suspension

When videos surfaced of Baltimore Ravens’ running back dragging his then unconscious girlfriend out of a hotel elevator back in February, common logic suggested that he would be facing a rather hefty suspension if said situation was proven to include assault.  One month later, Rice was charged with aggravated assault stemming from the incident. According to this ESPN report, the...
Via Sportsnaut
17 hours ago

Yankees reportedly in talks to acquire Padres' Ian Kennedy

The New York Yankees have been the most active team on the trade market. Over the course of the last month, they have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Jeff Francis and Chris Capuano as well as third baseman Chase Headley.  This hasn’t stopped Yankees general manager Brian Cashman from looking for even more upgrades, According to a report by ESPN’s Jim Bowden, New York is...
Via Sportsnaut
8 hours ago

Chris Paul discusses possible boycott with Doc Rivers

Chris Paul says he has talked with head coach Doc Rivers about a potential boycott if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers when the NBA season begins. Paul, who is a leader on the Clippers and president of the NBAPA, told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that it’s “unacceptable” if Sterling is still […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 hours ago

The Rock won't do MMA, doesn't like being punched in face

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is doing promotional work for his movie “Hercules,” which debuts on Friday. One such promotional interview he did was with UFC.com, where he also talked about the world of MMA. Though some famous wrestlers like Brock Lesnar have transitioned to MMA, The Rock says the combat sport is not for him. […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 hours ago

Parsons rips former teammate Harden for comments

In case you missed it, former teammates James Harden and Chandler Parsons have been caught up in a war of words over the last 24 hours. It started with Harden’s comments in the Philippine Star (note to James: there’s this thing called the Internet, and people can hear you, even halfway around the world) where he declared that he and Dwight Howard are the cornerstones of the Houston...
Via Next Impulse Sports
13 hours ago

Rory McIlroy spotted out and about with model Sasha Gale

Fresh off his commanding victory at the British Open, Rory McIlroy appears to be allowing himself some time to decompress a bit before refocusing on his suddenly dominant golf game by stepping out in Northern Ireland with yet another dashing, young model. After whooping it up with Jagerbombs out of the Claret Jug and mere […] The post Rory McIlroy spotted out and about in Belfast...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
21 hours ago

Josh Gordon may have checked himself into rehab

Mike Garafolo reported Thursday night on FOX Sports One’s evening show America’s Pregame that Josh Gordon checked himself into rehab after his July 4th arrest in Raleigh, North Carolina. Said on @AmericasPregame Josh Gordon checked himself into rehab following his DUI arrest. Still expected to report to camp tomorrow. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 24, 2014 Patient confidentiality...
Via Waiting For Next Year
12 hours ago

Marshawn Lynch tells former teammate he’s holding out

When the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks report to training camp, they’ll be without their Pro Bowl running back. Marshawn Lynch told his former teammate Michael Robinson that he will be holding out from camp. Speaking on NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live, Robinson said Lynch called him and broke the news. .@RealMikeRob: "Marshawn […]
Via Full Scale Sports
14 hours ago

Jordy Nelson wants $10 million a year from Packers

A few weeks ago I was told that the Green Bay Packers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson were close to agreeing on a contract extension that would keep him in green and gold for a long time. Since then, Nelson’s contract demands have apparently grown a bit and the two sides aren’t as close as they once were. A report on Thursday claims that Nelson is seeking “at least” $10 million...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
15 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.