Cubs manager Dale Sveum wants more night games
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org February 14, 2013 10:40PM
Chicago cubs manager Dale Sveum
Updated: February 14, 2013 11:14PM
MESA, Ariz. — Cubs manager Dale Sveum made the baseball case for more night games at Wrigley Field on Thursday, while the Cubs’ business side of the operation continued to swing and miss in efforts to reach a compromise with neighborhood and city leaders on the issue.
‘‘I think it’s something that’s always going to help, to have more night games,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘The [big] thing you just try to stay away from is the different start times four or five days in a row. That’s what throws your time clock off.’’
The Cubs are limited to 30 night games. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was prepared this week to propose raising the limit to 37 or more, including concert dates. But he shelved the move because of the team’s continued inability to resolve its conflict with rooftop owners and Ald. Tom Tunney on other restrictions the Cubs want lifted to proceed with a $300 million Wrigley renovation project.
‘‘It’s all one piece,’’ Emanuel said. ‘‘We’re going to do this comprehensively.’’
Right-hander Scott Baker says he’s feeling strong this spring after missing all of last year with Tommy John surgery. But he’s also fine with taking the slow-and-cautious approach the team has prescribed, which likely will mean spending at least the first week or so of the season on the disabled list. ‘‘Rather do that than miss two months in the middle of the season,’’ he said.
◆ Venezuelan righty Hector Rondon, the Cubs’ Rule 5 pick, is expected to arrive in camp Friday, three days late. He was delayed by visa problems.