I’m headed back to Wrigley later this morning to take the tour (well, part one, anyway – because it’s a game day, I’ll see part of the tour today, and then part tomorrow morning). Hopefully I’ll get lots of snazzy pictures to share.
- It’s looking like we’ve got our resolution on what will happen with outfielder Nate Schierholtz, who was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs last week. Without any kind of trade lined up, Mark Gonzales tweets that Schierholtz has been placed on release waivers (he won’t be claimed), and will become a free agent tomorrow. From there, assuming he’s inclined, he’ll be able to ink a minor league deal with a team that may or may not bring him up in September. Assuming they do, the Cubs will save about $100,000 on Schierholtz’s $5 million salary for the year, and that’s all they’ll get for Schierholtz. It’s unfortunate that the Cubs weren’t able to capitalize on Schierholtz’s surprise year in 2013 via trade, and unfortunate that Schierholtz couldn’t duplicate that success this year. As I’ve mentioned before, the offers on Schierholtz at the trade deadline last year were exceedingly weak, as other teams apparently weren’t buying that his breakout was legit. It looks like they were probably right. Hopefully Schierholtz can carve out a career as a complementary outfielder the rest of the way.
- Today is a huge day for MLB: owners are due to vote on the next commissioner of the game. There’s no certainty that MLB exec Rob Manfred, Bud Selig’s hand-picked successor, will get the votes necessary today, however. Red Sox owner Tom Werner is the primary competitor, who comes from a long TV background. More on the situation, and what might – or might not – happen today.
- On his first homer at Wrigley Field – a monster shot – Javier Baez says he didn’t really look to admire it (ESPN): “I just run the bases. I don’t want to show anyone up.” Probably the right attitude for now, young man.
- Jed Hoyer and Rick Renteria on Baez’s first week (ESPN).
- A short profile on Daytona Cub Billy McKinney, who has been killing it since coming over in the Samardzija/Hammel trade.
- Well, don’t count on the Rockies to make a late surge in the standings – Troy Tulowitzki will reportedly have surgery on his hip, ending his season.
- Theo Epstein will participate in the ice bucket challenge today at Wrigley Field after the game against the Brewers. Fans in attendance will have a chance to dump water on him or some of the players, with details on how here.