Results tagged ‘ All-Star Game ’

6/19 Vote for Byrd

You can still vote online for the All-Star Game, to be played July 13 in Anaheim, and Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd deserves some votes. Here’s how he compares to other National League outfielders:

Player: batting average/home runs/doubles/RBIs/slugging percentage

Marlon Byrd: .321/9/22/34/.518

Ryan Braun: .304/10/19/45/.498

Jason Heyward: .263/11/12/44/.483

Andre Ethier: .330/12/17/43/.603

— Carrie Muskat

6/13 Vote for Byrd

Have you cast your All-Star ballot yet? If not, make sure you vote for Marlon Byrd. The Cubs center fielder is batting .336, and entered Sunday’s game riding a nine-game hitting streak. He has multiple hits in seven of those games and seven RBIs. On Sunday, Byrd was batting third.

“Marlon has been swinging it really well,” Lou Piniella said. “He had one little dry spell for a week or so — the road trip to Philly and Texas — and and outside of that, he’s been a model of consistency. He’s been our best hitter.”

In-stadium balloting ends Wednesday, but you can vote on-line at, and you can do so up to 25 times.

— Carrie Muskat


1/17/10 Wrigley & Cubs business

Wrigley Field will be 100 years old in 2014. “On the 100th anniversary, let’s have the ballpark ready for another 100 years,” team president Crane Kenney said Saturday during a business management seminar at the Cubs Convention. Kenney said they are looking at plans for the so-called Triangle building, proposed for the land west of Wrigley along Clark Street. It would house offices, restaurants, parking, possibly a Hall of Fame, and provide space for some of the player facilities. Kenney said fans can expect to see more construction at Wrigley over the next few years.

Other highlights from the session:

* There has been no talk about selling the naming rights. “I can’t imagine the day the ballpark is not called ‘Wrigley Field,'” Kenney said.

* There are no plans to do personal seat licenses (PSL) at Wrigley.

* There are no plans for Friday or Saturday night games. Those aren’t neighborhood friendly. The Cubs currently are allowed 30 night games at home. There are only 27 on the schedule to give national television a chance to pick a game for a night broadcast.

* The Cubs make twice as much broadcasting games on cable compared to games on WGN. There are talks about the team having its own network, but that’s a few years away.

* Kenney said they’ll leave the fireworks and the mascots to the team on the South Side. “We always come down on the side of tradition,” Kenney said. A show of hands showed fans favored installing a Jumbotron, but the Cubs are still discussing that.

* What about Wrigley hosting the 2014 All-Star Game? The Cubs have talked to MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Kenney said they are “hopeful.” However, MLB is alternating American League cities and National League cities, and an AL city would be up in 2014.

— Carrie Muskat

Final vote

OK, who would you pick among the National League Home Run Derby contestants? The list includes Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez. Both Micah Hoffpauir and Ryan Theriot agreed that Pujols has the best swing.

“If you’re talking strictly home runs, I’d have to say Prince or Howard,” Theriot said.

“[Howard] has got more of a line drive swing, Hoffpauir said. “He’s a home run hitter and has a home run swing.”

What about the Final Vote contenders? The NL list includes Pablo Sandoval, Cristian Guzman, Matt Kemp, Mark Reynolds and Shane Victorino. The AL list is Ian Kinsler, Brandon Inge, Chone Figgins, Adam Lind and Carlos Pena.

“I think Guzman would help the team the most because he’s more versatile,” Theriot said. “But Mark Reynolds, how many homers does he have? Eighteen, nineteen? This guy does damage.”

“Sandoval is hitting .350 something,” Hoffpauir said. “The All-Star Game is not about the best players in the league, because otherwise there wouldn’t be a vote and it’d be the same players every year. It’s about who has the best year. I would say Sandoval.”

“Mark Reynolds plays on a terrible team and he’s putting up huge numbers,” Theriot said. “He’s having a good year. plus, he’s a good dude.”

Theriot’s pick among AL Final Vote players is Lind.

“I’d vote for Lind over Kinsler, but I think Kinsler should have made it regardless,” Theriot said.

— Carrie Muskat