More Ticket Details, Saving the Troughs, PA Announcer, Pinango, and Other Cubs Bullets

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More Ticket Details, Saving the Troughs, PA Announcer, Pinango, and Other Cubs Bullets

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A can can be six inches from a hard surface, but if they have the option of puking on the carpet or a blanket or the furniture, they will absolutely take it.

•   The Cubs released additional details on how they’ll apportion out their limited tickets early in the season, including a lottery system for non-season-ticket holders. Mathematically speaking, given Crane Kenney’s comment that the majority of the tickets will go to long-time season-ticket holders, and given that the bleachers initially are being dedicated to use by vaccinated health care workers and employees from Advocate Aurora Health, I’m thinking that the volume of tickets available to be purchased via the lottery is quite small. It might’ve been easier to get playoff tickets in 2016.

•   Meanwhile, the Cubs released a video getting into all that will be done around the park in service of safety and comfort:

•   Huge news:

•   The troughs are as Wrigley as the bricks and ivy, so whatever accommodations have to be made to preserve their HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE is worth doing. Gonna see how long I can get Mooney and Sahadev Sharma to talk about the troughs with me on the podcast later today.

•   As for the rooftops:

•   Elsewhere, we have a new leader in the clubhouse, so to speak, on attendance capacity, and it’s the Baltimore Orioles, as the state of Maryland(?) is opening waaaaay up:

•   You may insert jokes here, but you would not be wrong: in 2019, the Orioles averaged just over 16,000 fans per game, or about 35% of capacity. Given that they are expected to be terrible once again this year, you can kinda say the Orioles are now just fully open.

•   The Cubs’ long-time PA announcer is moving on to try his hand at broadcast (good for you, man – go get it!), and the Cubs will be looking for a permanent replacement while having some fun in the interim:

•   Fans are coming back to Wrigley Field, but the touchless pandemic experience is not conducive to at least one important element: food and beer vendors patrolling the aisles. Hopefully the situation continues to improve to justify their return to the park (especially after they become eligible for vaccination later this month). It’s not quite the same without them.

•   Apropos of the bit in yesterday’s prospect notes about Yohendrick Pinango being a breakout potential guy for the Cubs this year, Keith Law picked one prospect from each org who he really wants to see in person this year, and:

The Cubs’ system doesn’t have a ton of upside in it, but Pinango gives them one of their better chances to develop another middle-of-the-order bat, with potential power along with what is reportedly a good approach for his age. He earned solid reviews from scouts at instructs who bought into the future power even though he hasn’t hit a pro homer yet.

•   Pinango, who got a decent IFA bonus but not a top-tier type, was ranked as one of the best prospects in the DSL in 2019, and then obviously could only get in whatever work was possible last year during the shutdown. The variance range in how he could look this year is soooo wide, including where he’ll start the season. He turns 19 in May, so him doing stateside rookie ball would be completely good and fine and normal. Had the minors not changed, you might say he would have a chance at short-season Low-A ball (formerly Eugene), but since that doesn’t exist, the only next-up option is full-season Low-A, now at Myrtle Beach. That’d be QUITE a leap for a 19-year-old who has played only in the DSL (nearly two years ago). Mostly, for now, I just can’t wait to hear what people are saying when he shows up for minor league spring training next month. When he’d just turned 17, the guy hit .358/.427/.442 with a 9.9% BB rate and 7.3% K rate(!) in the DSL. Those are just silly numbers, even in the DSL, at his age.

•   (Also, the bit about the Cubs system not having a ton of upside in it … Law is great, but that’s pretty dubious given that the concentration of Cubs talent at this point is at the lowest levels, and most are high-risk, high-upside types.)

•   Athletic gear, sleep aids, and smart robots are among the Deals of the Day at Amazon. #ad

•   Massive deferrals in the Jackie Bradley, Jr. deal with the Brewers (and at least some deferrals for Kolten Wong, too), who’ll pay him barely anything this year, and then it depends on what happens. Why not do it if players are open to it:

•   One of the best names in Cubs history:

•   All I can say is hmmmmmm:

•   It was good to see this man:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.