SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Since we're talking stadiums this morning, have a look at some new information regarding the Cubs' new spring-training complex in Mesa:
"We are well down the line with some developers to do some things as part of the Wrigleyville West," Mayor Scott Smith said. "It’s looking pretty good right now." The Mesa City Council met in executive session Thursday to discuss one or more of the proposals. City Manager Chris Brady said during the tour that it’s too soon to divulge details. Smith hinted, however, that an on-site hotel could be in the works.
The article goes on to talk about the 70,000-square-foot clubouse, the largest for any team for spring training. This is a good thing -- top-notch facilities not just for players in spring camp, but year-round for rehab assignments, as the facility will be in operation 11 months a year.
The one thing I think the Cubs have misfired on is making the stadium seat 15,000. To me, that's way too big to keep the intimate feeling of spring training. Currently, the largest parks in the Cactus League seat 13,000, and that's about as big as you can get without losing that intimacy. The Cubs need to set prices at Talking Stick levels, not Camelback Ranch levels, or risk having the place half-full in 2014.
And, here's today's injury update:
Baker has "setback" and to see team doctor before determing timeline.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) March 19, 2013
Stewart MRI shows fluid. Opening day has been ruled out. Starts on DL— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) March 19, 2013
No real surprise for Ian Stewart. Scott Baker -- I had hoped for better. Let's hope this "setback" is minor.
DeJesus CF, Castro SS, Rizzo 1B, Soriano LF, Schierholtz LF, Castillo C, Valbuena 3B, Barney 2B, Navarro DH
Barring any last-minute deals, injuries, or miraculous recoveries by Ian Stewart, this is the lineup we'll see in Pittsburgh on Opening Day (with Jeff Samardzija batting ninth, of course).
Just as they were over the weekend, the Rangers are late with their lineup. I'll try to tweet it later.
This afternoon, Chris Rusin faces the Rangers' Alexi Ogando.
Today's game is a webcast on cubs.com with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie. It should be online and available on the MLB At Bat app around 2:50 p.m. CDT.
For spring-training games, we'll have a first-pitch thread at game time and one overflow thread, 90 minutes after game time (because I know how you all like overflow threads!). For today, that will be 3 p.m. CT and 4:30 p.m. CT. These threads will not post individually onto the front page; instead, you can find links to them in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page. They will also appear in this StoryStream™. The pitcher box and regular-season stats will return on Opening Day.
Discuss amongst yourselves.