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Time to both doublecheck and update your Cubs calendar. Remember, the Cubs’ games Friday and Saturday against the Cardinals will start at 3:05 p.m. CT. Sunday’s game will start at 1:20 p.m. CT.
The Cubs’ game Sept. 7 vs. the Brewers will start at 3:05 p.m. CT. It had originally been listed as a 12:05 p.m. CT start, but was changed at the request of national television.
The Sept. 1 start time vs. the Phillies is still to be determined.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and MLB Network, the Cubs and Phillies have discussed a deal that would send Alfonso Soriano to Philadelphia in exchange for Domonic Brown. Heyman notes the Phillies may be more inclined to sign a free agent, such as Cody Ross. The Cubs are reportedly willing to pay $10 million of the $38 million remaining on Soriano’s deal if they can get top prospects in return. Soriano, who turns 37 in January, batted .262 with 32 home runs lsat season. As a player with 10-and-5 rights, he would have to approve the deal.
– Carrie Muskat
Kerry Wood sounds as if he is moving on. Wood appeared on WGN Radio’s Sports Night on Monday night, and said he wants to keep pitching. But he has yet to reach an agreement with the Cubs for 2012.
“Regardless of what happens, we’re still in Chicago, we’re dedicated to the city,” Wood said Monday. “Things will work out for me in the city of Chicago because we’re dedicated to the city, we’re dedicated to the community, we’re dedicated to helping children and again, we’re staying here, we’re raising our family here.
“I’m a Texas boy, but I feel like I’ve become a Chicagoan, so we’re happy to be here whether I finish here or whether I don’t, we plan on being here a long time.”
Last year, Wood unveiled the Wood Family Foundation, dedicated to helping children in the Chicago area. On Friday, he will host “Woody’s Winter Warmup” at Harry Caray’s on Navy Pier, a fund raiser for his foundation. Theo Epstein was scheduled to attend. Wood has been part of the Cubs since he signed at 18, returning last season when he agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal. He understands the fans want him to stay.
“There’s always time for change and there’s always room for it so we’ll just have to wait and see,” Wood said.
Last week, Epstein said the team was negotiating with Wood’s agents about a new deal.
“Kerry Wood is exactly the type of guy we want to build a winning culture here in Chicago,” Epstein said. “I would be greatly, greatly disappointed if we’re not able to bring him back.”
The Phillies are one of the teams that has shown interest in Wood.
– Carrie Muskat
Do you want Geovany Soto’s catcher’s mask that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gave the boot? How about sharing a six-course dinner for 10 at Kerry Wood’s home? Or an autographed ukulele and CD of Eddie Vedder’s “Ukulele Songs?” You can bid now on those items, part of the Kerry Wood Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament, to be held Sept. 18 at 10pin Bowling Lounge in Chicago.
The online auction is now underway and proceeds from the event will benefit the Wood Family Foundation, which has raised more than $2 million for children in and around the Chicago area already.
Both Soto and Guillen autographed the catcher’s mask that the White Sox manager kicked during an Interleague game between the intracity rivals this year. Other items available is a chance to work with the Wrigley Field grounds crew in 2012 or two tickets to a 2012 taping of “Saturday Night Live” in New York. There’s something for everyone, including autographed jerseys by the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, and a bat autographed by Phillies slugger Ryan Howard. If you’re a South Side baseball fan, there are items autographed by the White Sox’s Juan Pierre, Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski. Troy Tulowitzki, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jim Thome and Robinson Cano donated autographed items, and if you’re a Phillies fan, there’s a package that includes jerseys signed by their starters Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Roy Halladay.
The online auction will close at 10 p.m. CT on Sept. 17. The auction will continue at the bowling tournament on Sept. 18. Go to the KerryWoodStrikeZone.org for more information. More items are being added daily so it’s wise to check back often.
– Carrie Muskat
Here’s a great last-minute gift idea — give someone a road trip with the Cubs. The 2011 Cubs Destinations packages provide fans a behind the scenes, VIP experience. The 2011 Cubs Destinations road schedule includes:
* Fenway Park, Boston. The Cubs will play the Red Sox May 20-22 for the first time in Boston since the 1918 World Series.
* Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, June 10-12.
* Busch Stadium, St. Louis, July 29-31.
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* If you can’t wait for the regular season, Cubs Destinations can help you get to Mesa, AZ, for Spring Training. The package includes hotel accommodations, tickets to Cactus League games, and a special Cubs event with select players. There will be a new program for Cubs Seniors and the exclusive VIP Batting Practice which allows you to take the field. To make reservations or get more info, call Cubs Destinations at 800-892-7687 or go online at cubs.com/springtravel.
– Carrie Muskat
Ryne Sandberg has come full circle. The Phillies announced Monday they’ve hired Sandberg as their Triple-A manager, and he is back with the organization where he started. He’ll now be skipper of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. It’ll be his fifth year managing in the Minors after four seasons in the Cubs system. Sandberg was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year after leading the Triple-A Iowa Cubs to an 82-62 record. He interviewed for the Cubs managerial opening but GM Jim Hendry picked Mike Quade after he led the team to a 24-13 record in the final six weeks. The Phillies drafted Sandberg in 1978, and he was traded to the Cubs in 1981.
“I’m happy for him and applaud him for wanting to pursue his goal,” said Hendry, who was in Orlando, Fla., for the GM meetings.
– Carrie Muskat
Ryne Sandberg isn’t giving up on his dream to manage in the big leagues. He is reportedly among the candidates for the Phillies’ managerial vacancy at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
“I’m committed to baseball and what I’m doing,” Sandberg told the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald. “My goal is to reach the Majors again, just like everyone else in the Minor Leagues. But I want to coach and teach and continue to do that, whether it’s in the Minors or the Majors. I’m committed to that. I always have been. I never stopped.”
Sandberg’s agent Jim Turner told the Daily Herald: “Ryne felt it was in his best interests, and [Cubs] ownership’s best interests, to not accept the job at [Triple-A] Iowa. He did not want ownership or the fans or Mike Quade to feel he was sitting there waiting for a disappointing result and an ax to fall in Chicago. That’s not how he’s built.”
Sandberg has talked to the Ricketts family about pursuing other managerial openings. Cubs GM Jim Hendry did give Sandberg the option of returning to Triple-A Iowa but he chose not to. Sandberg is under contract with the Cubs until Dec. 31, but the team will not get in the way of his pursuit of a job.
“He was always welcome to do whatever he wanted,” Hendry said Tuesday night.
Could Sandberg manage in the Phillies system? Sure.
“By not accepting the Des Moines job, Ryne’s sending a clear signal to the 29 other teams,” Turner said. “He’s serious about reaching his goal, and that goal can be reached with any Major League team.”
Sandberg, 51, has spent the last four years in the Cubs’ Minor League system, managing Triple-A Iowa last year. He was named Pacific Coast League manager of the year after leading the Iowa Cubs to a tie for first at 82-62. Sandberg was a candidate for the Cubs’ manager’s job, but Hendry picked Mike Quade, who led the team to a 24-13 record in the final six weeks of the regular season.
Sandberg does have ties to the Phillies. He began his career with the team, which selected the infielder in the 20th round of the 1978 Draft. He was included in the deal which sent shortstop Larry Bowa to the Cubs in exchange for shortstop Ivan DeJesus.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs have changed some start times and announced the TV schedule for five games at Wrigley Field in the second half. ESPN is moving the Sunday, July 18 game against the Phillies to 7:05 p.m. CT. The game will still air on ESPN, though it was originally scheduled to start at 5:05 p.m. CT.
Additionally, ESPN has selected the Sunday, July 25 game vs. the Cardinals for a national broadcast. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m. CT.
With ESPN now having reached its Sunday Night maximum for 2010 at Wrigley Field, two additional games currently listed with start times of TBD are confirmed for afternoon starts. The Aug. 22 game vs. the Braves and the Sept. 26 contest vs. the Cardinals will both begin at 1:20 p.m. CT and air on WGN.
Additionally, the Sept. 4 game vs. the Mets will now air on WGN and begin at 12:05 p.m. CT. The game was originally listed to start at 3:10 p.m. CT.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs had not been involved in an instant replay review until Monday in Colorado, and then again Tuesday at home against the Phillies. Both calls have been in the Cubs’ favor. What does Lou Piniella think of it?
“I like the system because they’ve both gone our way,” Piniella said Wednesday. “It’s a great system.”
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has suggested baseball switch to what the NFL does, which is give coaches a red flag to throw onto the field when they want to challenge calls.
“I’d have to get my arm in shape to throw that thing out,” Piniella said.
Would one flag be enough?
“I’d be throwing batting practice,” Piniella quipped.
What does Cubs GM Jim Hendry think of it?
“I was one of the guys who for years voted against it,” Hendry said. “The old purist in me thought it was part of the game for umpires to get argued with and get guys tossed every now and then. Obviously, with the modern-day parks, I changed my opinion on the home runs and the fair and foul [calls being reviewed].”
However, Hendry didn’t want instant replay expanded to include other questionable calls.
“I guess I’ve still got enough old school in me that I like the purity of it,” he said. “I like the way we do our sport. I like the human element. And for the most part, the umpires get it right. Every now and then, somebody’s got to get tossed and throw a hat, I think that’s good for the game, too.”
The umpires could’ve used instant replay to double check the call in Colorado at second base. Or maybe not.
“It was so obvious that it was one that was kind of hard to miss,” Hendry said.
– Carrie Muskat
When Alfonso Soriano played for the Yankees, he had to face Pedro Martinez a lot.
“He was something else,” Soriano said. “It was like no chance. Sometimes I got a hit, and I didn’t know how. I had maybe three, four against him. I was like thank God, I got one hit. I was usually 0-for-4, 0-for-3, two strikeouts. He was very tough. He was very young, smart and had power.”
Soriano was young, too.
“I’m different now and have more experience and he doesn’t have the same stuff, so we’ll see what happens,” Soriano said.
Martinez will make his first start of the season Wednesday in Game 2 of this three-game series between the Phillies and Cubs. Martinez has had the upper hand, striking Soriano out 15 times in 43 career at-bats. Soriano has seven hits, for a .163 average.
“What I saw when he was with the Mets was a totally different Pedro,” Soriano said. “He doesn’t have the fastball, 94, 95 [mph]. I think he has the change and the breaking ball. He doesn’t have the velocity that he had before.”
So, is he a smarter pitcher now?
“He is smarter now — he’s not a power pitcher and it’s more location,” Soriano said. “He knows he has to throw the pitch. Before he could throw any pitch, any count. Now it’s different because he doesn’t have the same power stuff that he had before.”
Looking forward to seeing him Wednesday?
“Let’s see what he’s got,” Soriano said.
– Carrie Muskat