Saturday, March 27, 2010
Ricketts makes rounds at camp
By Bruce Levine
It was a really busy day in Cubs camp as new owner Tom Ricketts and other team officials made the rounds, schmoozing with the media and Cubs personnel.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig also attended the Cubs-Padres game in Mesa and pronounced the Arizona legislature’s attempt at establishing a “Cubs ticket tax” to provide funding for future spring training facilities, like the Cubs’ planned venture, is dead. Selig appointed Major League executive John McHale Jr. to lead the way for baseball in its quest to find other revenue in order to build new Arizona baseball facilities as well as keep the Cactus League viable.
The commissioner said he had the 2012 and 2013 All-Star Game to try to fill before he broached the idea of the Chicago Cubs getting the All-Star Game to mark the the 100th anniversary of Wrigley field in 2014. The Cubs have hosted the Mid-Summer Classic in 1947, 1962 and 1990.
Selig had many nice things to say about the Ricketts family, who he spent time with in the morning before attending the game. After talking to the media, Selig spent some time conversing with his friend, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry before he left the Cubs' complex.
The Cubs traded infielder Andres Blanco to the Rangers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The move opened up a spot for either Kevin Millar or Chad Tracy to make the team. “I feel confident,” Millar said. “We have a great group of guys here. I just want these guys to believe that.” Millar was asked if it was a friendly competition between him and Tracy for that 25th spot on the roster. “You root for each other, and you pull for each other,” Millar said. “He’s done a great job (Tracy). Ultimately, they’ll have to make a decision.” Manager Lou Piniella said he would make his final roster decisions on Tuesday with the likely announcement coming on Wednesday.