New Cubs Ticket Option, Any Cover Stars, Old Friend Alert, and Other Cubs Bullets

I’m off to Chicago for the Cubs Convention, and I hope to see a few of you smiling people this weekend. I’ll be across the resort tomorrow taking within the sights, then on the Opening Ceremonies, then at Lizzie McNeill’s subsequent door for a beer, then the panels on Saturday, and so on and so forth. I additionally hope to do some dwell streaming from across the Convention, which can be on Twitter or could also be on Instagram, relying on which platform decides to operate nicely sufficient on the time.

For a part of that point tomorrow, I’ll in all probability be poking away feverishly on my cellphone to stand up the arbitration settlements. Remember, tomorrow is the deadline for arbitration-eligible gamers and groups to trade wage figures for 2023, so we are inclined to see hundreds and a great deal of settlements on that day.

Meanwhile…

  • The Cubs have introduced a ticket pack possibility for 2023, which lets you get a piece of tickets earlier than single-game tickets go on sale. From the staff launch:

Chicago Cubs followers can safe tickets to their must-have matchups of the 2023 common season previous to single sport tickets occurring sale in February via the brand new “Build Your Own Baseball” Pack (BYOB) beginning Thursday, January 12, at 10 am CST .

The BYOB Pack begins at 12 video games and permits followers so as to add further video games to customise their pack to greatest match their schedule. Fans can choose from 81 whole video games when buying the BYOB Pack, together with Opening Day, rivalry matchups towards the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox, interleague video games towards the Boston Red Sox and rather more.

In addition, the Cubs are providing preset 8-game ticket packs set round numerous themes together with Fridays, Sundays, coveted rival matchups and summer season video games. The “Friday Pack” options eight Friday video games; the “Sunday Pack” consists of eight Sunday video games; the “Rival Pack” options matchups towards the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox and different NL Central Division rivals; and the “Summer Pack” options video games in May, June, July and August.

“Through the BYOB Pack, followers can customise their very own choice of video games and safe their favourite matchups earlier than single sport tickets go on sale in February,” stated Marquee 360 ​​Senior Vice President Cale Vennum. “Whether followers select the preset 8-game ticket pack or wish to create one thing extra customizable to suit their schedule, these two choices present followers with extra flexibility and alternative when deciding methods to spend their time on the Friendly Confines.”

For the BYOB and 8-game ticket packs, followers should choose the identical variety of tickets for all video games of their package deal and tickets might be delivered completely via the MLB Ballpark app. For extra data or to buy a ticket pack, please go to www.cubs.com/packs.

  • I like these as an possibility for followers, though we will not ignore the plain implication: the Cubs are pushing onerous to promote some further tickets. Attendance has been falling together with the efficiency of the staff (along with post-pandemic impacts), and though efficiency on the sector goes to be the principle factor to show that round, making an attempt to give you artistic methods to lock in further gross sales is the job of varied Cubs departments.
  • The Cubs do not actually have anybody proper now who will present up in these sorts of questions:
  • If you needed to decide one Cubs participant who will shock this yr and wind up on the quilt of MLB The Show subsequent yr right now, who would it not be? It would both take an ENORMOUS get away from a younger participant, or a monster step ahead from somebody like Seiya Suzuki or Dansby Swanson. I might in all probability make 0.1% circumstances for a couple of different guys, however on the entire, positive it appears unlikely. It’ll be good when the Cubs have gamers in that dialog once more…
  • Speaking of that type of train, my guess is Seiya exhibits up on lists like this subsequent yr:
  • I completely wouldn’t have guessed Kiley McDaniel’s high two staff “winners” of the offseason in his writeup at ESPN, on condition that one among them had a very lateral offseason after dropping Carlos Correa this week (Mets) and on condition that the opposite is mentioned virtually totally within the context of the shockingly large contract they gave out (Padres). It *seems* that the considering is that every staff tasks to be actually good in 2023 – they do – and their offseasons helped them in that course of. I assume that is a method to consider offseason winners? That is the aim, in spite of everything. It looks like there’s extra context to contemplate, although, and I believe – for one instance – the Braves have had top-of-the-line offseasons, thoughtfully including to a staff that was already excellent.
  • Old good friend Junior Lake – he is solely 32! – remains to be heavy in skilled baseball, alternating his summers in Mexico together with his winters within the Dominican Republic, and he simply took new good friend Roenis Elias deep:
  • Shohei Ohtani could be shut, however it is a fairly good tweet:
  • I imply, at 29/$865M, you are maintaining the AAV beneath $30 million, so there’s some knowledge there.
  • I wish to joke, however I all the time marvel how lengthy MLB would enable a deal to be earlier than they might name shenanigans on making an attempt to avoid the posh tax. We know {that a} contract can AT LEAST undergo a man’s, like, age 42/43 season earlier than it might be a query. But what about 45? 48? Would MLB actually wish to have a combat about saying there is not any approach it is attainable that Shohei Ohtani might nonetheless be a believable DH at age 49? Julio Franco made it to 48 in MLB!
  • Could be some BIG information this week for the Bears:

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