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Ricketts: Cubs arent leaving Wrigley Field

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Ricketts: Cubs arent leaving Wrigley Field

MESA, Ariz. The Cubs arent moving to the South Side.

Chairman Tom Ricketts shot down rumors that the Cubs might shift their home games to U.S. Cellular Field for one season while their ancient ballpark gets renovated.

Theres no plans for us to play anywhere else but Wrigley Field, Ricketts said Friday at Fitch Park after speaking to the entire team.

All along, the Cubs have focused on renovating the stadium in phases, across three or four offseasons. While team executives continue to lobby government officials, the financing still hasnt been secured.

I think theres a lot of general interest in getting to something that works, Ricketts said, but were still not there yet.

Coming off a 91-loss season as well as the Theo Epstein hire Cubs people say the renewal rate for season tickets is well above 90 percent. Ricketts described it as off the charts.

Even without getting another name you could put on the marquee, like an Albert Pujols or a Prince Fielder. Since 2004, the Cubs have hit the three-million mark in attendance each season. Ricketts isnt concerned about how much box-office power is left.

I think once people see how this team plays, well be fine, he said. We know that the one thing that sells tickets is winning.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Manny Machado’s value and other Cubs offseason wish list items

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Manny Machado’s value and other Cubs offseason wish list items

Did Manny Machado’s value take a hit at all after he openly admitted hustling isn’t his “cup of tea”? Our Cubs team (David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki, Jeff Nelson) debate that, plus the potential fit of Machado or Bryce Harper for the 2019 Cubs and beyond.

The crew also runs down the top items on the Cubs’ offseason wish list – ranging from bullpen help to infield depth to a set leadoff hitter – in what may be the most impactful winter in Theo Epstein’s tenure in Chicago.

Listen to the podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: