Cubs still waiting for landmarks commision approval of Wrigley plans
By GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter June 5, 2014 11:15PM
The Cubs know where they’ll be on the radio dial next year, but they’re still not certain where they stand with the city landmarks commission as they attempt to get approval for the latest Wrigley Field renovation plans.
Team officials said Thursday their plans are ready to be formally presented to the commission, whether that means at next month’s scheduled meeting or any time before.
“At this point the calendar is up to the city of Chicago,” team spokesman Julian Green said after a news conference to announce a seven-year broadcast affiliation with CBS Radio. “We’re ready. … We’re prepared to start construction.”
The Cubs formally notified city officials that they’ve scrapped the expansion of two doors in the brick outfield walls to accommodate larger openings for their bullpens, the source of irritation to mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“The bullpen [doors] are no longer a required part of the plan, and they know that,” business operations president Crane Kenney said, stopping short of saying whether he expected that to aid approval. “There’s no sealing the deal. They have a commission process they need to get through.”
Green said once they have commission approval, the Cubs will order “steel and shovels” with hope they can begin digging in July on the lot west of the ballpark, where the expanded clubhouse area is planned. Green said “engineering studies” related to the water table and other issues must be completed as well.
Any work in the ballpark, including signage or video board construction won’t start until at least the end of the season, he said.
Wood gets no-decision in win
Cubs starter Travis Wood drove in three runs, including two on a second-inning homer, but settled for a no-decision when the bullpen surrendered the lead in the top of the seventh. But Anthony Rizzo homered in the seventh and Junior Lake had a two-run triple in the eighth to give the Cubs a 7-4 win.
Maybe Wood — whose .924 OPS this season led all starters in either lineup — should bat higher when he pitches?
“Not yet,” manager Rick Renteria said. “I think those are things to think about, but I think right now we’ll leave our pitchers in the ninth spot.”