Word on the Street: Daley, Quinn say no to Cubs

Word on the Street: Daley, Quinn say no to Cubs

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010
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Daley, Quinn shoot down Ricketts family's plan
Both Mayor Daley and Gov. Quinn on Monday shot down Cubs owner Tom Ricketts' plan to use 200 million of amusement-tax growth to fund upkeep and upgrades at Wrigley Field. Daley said he liked the idea of keeping the Cubs at Wrigley for the next 35 years - as laid out in Ricketts' plan - but said he could not saddle his successor with the burden this plan would create.

That would deny the next mayor if I sign the agreement and say, Go ahead of the revenue they need to balance the budget, Daley said. And government needs money in order to balance budgets." (Chicago Sun-Times)

Bears vs. Eagles to start at 3:15

The NFL announced on Tuesday that the Nov. 28 Bears vs. Eagles game at Soldier Field has been changed from a noon kickoff time to the prime 3:15 p.m. slot on Fox. This announcement comes the morning after one of the most impressive quarterback performances in NFL history on Monday night by Michael Vick against the Redskins and as the Bears are in the midst of a two-game winning streak. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

No big moves in Cubs future

Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry will be heading into the baseball winter meetings this week with a short, inexpensive wish list. Hendry has said that the Cubs payroll reduction is not an issue because he feels the team is already heading in the right direction and no major additions are necessary.

"Whatever the number is, we're going to have to have a successful offseason and add a few pieces for (manager) Mike (Quade) and his staff," Hendry said. "We're not going to need an overhaul here. We felt a lot better about the club at the end of the year, the way some of the kids progressed." (Chicago Tribune)

Beltre to the White Sox?

There is little doubt that third baseman Adrian Beltre is one of the most talented free agents on the market this offseason and he will likely receive a healthy contract with whatever team he chooses. Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports thinks the White Sox might be one of the teams in the running for the infielder. Other teams potentially interested in Beltre are the Red Sox, Angels, and Giants. (Hardball Talk - NBC Sports)

Blackhawks blow three-goal lead, fall in OT at Lightning

Blackhawks blow three-goal lead, fall in OT at Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yanni Gourde had a breakaway goal 4:25 into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Monday night.

Victor Hedman set up the winner with his third assist of the game.

Tampa Bay, which trails Boston by a point for the second Eastern Conference wild card, got two goals from Jonathan Drouin. Ondrej Palat and Anton Stralman also scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy, who got pulled 14 minutes into the first after allowing three goals on eight shots, returned to start the second and finished with 25 saves.

Artemi Panarin, Patrick Kane, Tomas Jurco and Richard Panik scored for the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks, who were coming off a 7-0 loss Saturday night at Florida. Scott Darling stopped 25 shots.

After the Blackhawks went up 4-1 midway through the second on Panik's goal, Tampa Bay tied it at 4 on Drouin's goals and one by Stralman in a 4:39 span.

Chicago took a 3-1 lead after the first period on goals by Panarin, Kane and Jurco. Palat, playing in his 300th NHL game, had the Tampa Bay goal.

Palat and Drouin's second goal came on power plays after Chicago was penalized for delay of game after shooting the puck over the glass.

The Blackhawks have the 24th ranked short-handed unit in the NHL.

Nikita Kucherov had two assists to set a Tampa Bay record for points in a single month with 22. The right wing has four assists and 11 points during a five-game point streak.

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

MESA, Ariz. – After an impressive camp where he looked like the next homegrown Cubs hitter to roll off the assembly line, Ian Happ will go to Triple-A Iowa and get ready to make his big-league debut, or perhaps build his value for a trade-deadline deal.

Along with Happ, the Cubs assigned outfielder John Andreoli and catcher Taylor Davis to minor-league camp on Monday while optioning pitchers Eddie Butler and Rob Zastryzny to Iowa, cutting their roster to 31 as the Opening Night picture comes into focus.

Happ – the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Cincinnati – batted .417 with five homers, four doubles and 17 RBI in 24 Cactus League games.

"Offensively, what was there not to like?" general manager Jed Hoyer said. "I feel like he hit the ball hard every at-bat for six weeks. It's always fun to see a young guy like that come in and open a lot of eyes."

Happ, 22, is a switch-hitter who can play second base and the outfield, skills that could help him escape from Des Moines once the need arises on the major-league level.

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Though there are questions about Happ's defense, Theo Epstein's front office and Joe Maddon's coaching staff clearly value versatility and trust young talent, moving Addison Russell to shortstop in 2015 and elevating rookie catcher Willson Contreras last season.

Stay tuned to see when/if the Cubs will have a spot at Wrigley Field, but Happ looks like he will be on a fast track.

"Whenever you're in Triple-A, you're always a call away," Hoyer said. "Sometimes it happens quicker than you think. We never expected Addie would be up in April of that year, and he was. I feel like with Willson last year, if you had asked me in spring training – would he be up in June? – I probably would have thought it would be more like a September call-up or something like that.

"You never know. Things happen. When you have good players in the minor leagues, sometimes it speeds up on you a little bit."