2022 Chicago Cubs Schedule

From The Chicago Cubs and MLB:

Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs today announced the tentative 2022 regular season schedule. The Cubs will open their 147th season at the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, March 31, with the Wrigley Field opener taking place Monday, April 4, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cubs will open their 147th season Thursday, March 31.
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Tom Ricketts issues letter to Chicago Cubs season ticket holders after ‘difficult’ moves at the trade deadline. Read it here.

He commended Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez for the joy they brought to fans and as ambassadors to the franchise and city as well as their successes that included awards, franchise records and a World Series title.

From The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts issued his first extended comments since the organization dismantled its core at the trade deadline in an email to season ticket holders Monday morning.

Ricketts, who called this past week extremely hard on everyone, stated “while we believe the decisions we took were right for our organization, they were nonetheless difficult to make.” He commended Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez for the joy they brought to fans and as ambassadors to the franchise and city as well as their successes that included awards, franchise records and a World Series title.

“Their individual and collective contributions to our organization cannot be overstated. They are forever etched in Cubs history and the hearts of our fans.”

Ricketts said the last few weeks made it clear the direction the franchise was heading, prompting decisions be made with a focus on the future and not the past.

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Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlet shops coming soon

In addition to the fire-sale of Baez, Bryant and Rizzo, everything must go at Wrigley Field to make room for the Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlets

After a Cubs firesale, everything must go at the Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlet coming soon

Its growth fueled by the trend toward shopping at home, Alabama-based Mills Outlet Group will open as soon as September an in-person outlet mall in the space formerly known as Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

The 2,000,000-square-foot outlet mall will occupy the former Wrigley Field Stadium after the 2021 destruction of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Next to Dollar Tree, it will be the only brick-and-mortar retail space in the country for former Cubs jerseys that say Rizzo, Bryant and Baez.

Offering such items as jewelry, clothing, electronics, home goods, small kitchen appliances and games, the Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlet outlet is expected to benefit from the Lakeview community.

You can buy shirts

Although retailers such as Kmart and Toys R Us have fallen victim to the shop-at-home trend, the Mills Outlet Group believes there is room in the local retail environment for an outlet mall, and the one at the former Wrigley Field stadium will soon open.

“The trend nationally is away from brick-and-mortar stores,” The Mills Outlet Group mentioned Big Lots and TJ Maxx as examples of retailers that have continued to be successful in a marketplace now dominated by Amazon and other online retailers. said, “but there are still stores that are thriving.”

A rendering of the new Wrigleyville Mills Outlook Mall (but it won’t looks this nice)

The Mills Outlet Group mentioned Big Lots and TJ Maxx as examples of retailers that have continued to be successful in a marketplace now dominated by Amazon and other online retailers.

“We’re opening an outlet mall that will be more like the experience you would find at a traditional mall,” the Mills Outlet Group said. “It will be really cool like a Sears or Montgomery Ward Mall from the 1980’s.”

Many clocks will be able to tell you the time

The Mills Outlet Group expects the store will appeal to bargain hunters.

“We’ll be able to offer some deals that you might not be able to find online,” they said.

The the Mills Outlet Group said the mall’s location is another asset.

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Tom Ricketts releases a statement after Rizzo, Bryant and Baez trades

The end of an era.

“I want to personally thank Anthony Rizzo, Javy Báez and Kris Bryant. Together they played critical roles for one of the most successful runs in Chicago Cubs history. They each secured a place in the hearts of Cubs fans everywhere. While their days taking the field together as Cubs have come to an end, they gave us memories we will hold forever.

I also wish to acknowledge Jed and his team for making the tough decisions necessary to build the next great Cubs team.”

End of an era: The Cubs trade Kris Bryant to the Giants

From Bleed Cubby Blue:

Anthony Rizzo, Javier Báez, Kris Bryant.

All free agents-to-be after 2021, none signed to contract extensions before the season, and with the team not doing well, a fire sale seemed likely.

Now it’s happened, and KB is the final domino to fall:

Kris Bryant was NL Rookie of the Year in 2015, NL MVP in 2016, and he started the play that clinched Game 7 of the 2016 World Series for the Cubs. He’ll always be a World Series champion Cub, along with the other two traded in the last two days.

As is the case with these deals as they are reported, we do not yet know the return from the Giants for Bryant. There had been rumors earlier in the week that Giants catching prospect Joey Bart might be part of a KB return, but those were debunked.

From NBC 5 Chicago

The Chicago Cubs came into the 2021 season with three players entering the final year of their contracts, and now all three have been traded away, as third baseman Kris Bryant has reportedly been sent to the San Francisco Giants.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan confirmed the trade, which had been speculated about for weeks.

According to reports, the Cubs will receive outfield prospect Alexander Canario and pitcher Caleb Kilian from the Giants in the Bryant deal.

Kris Bryant’s mural in Wrigleyville
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Cubs Send Shortstop Javier Báez to Mets as Sell-Off Continues

The Chicago Cubs have reportedly made another huge move before the MLB trade deadline, sending shortstop Javier Báez to the New York Mets.

The deal was finalized just before 2 p.m., an hour before the deadline, according to MLB Insider Mark Feinsand:

Báez, a two-time All-Star with the Cubs and a member of the 2016 World Series championship-winning squad, has a .248 batting average with 22 home runs and 65 RBI’s in 361 plate appearances this season.

The Mets will team him up with fellow Puerto Rican All-Star Francisco Lindor, giving themselves a potent mix of talent up the middle of the diamond.

Anthony Rizzo leaves Wrigley Field for the last time

Anthony and Emily Rizzo leave Wrigley Field with the dog Kevin after being traded to New York. July 29, 2021.

From NBC Sports:

After 10 seasons, five postseason appearances, four Gold Glove Awards, three All-Star appearances and a World Series championship, Anthony Rizzo’s time with the Cubs has come to a close.

The Cubs traded Rizzo to the Yankees on Thursday, dealing away the longest-tenured player on the team and one of the biggest fan favorites in recent memory.

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Anthony Rizzo and his family – a last walk around Wrigley Field

A collective cry is in order as Anthony Rizzo has been traded.

Anthony Rizzo leaving Wrigley Field for the last time:

Anthony Rizzo with pup Kevin walk through Wrigley Field that last time. July 29, 2021
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Cubs Reportedly Set to Trade Anthony Rizzo to Yankees (receiving outfielder Kevin Alcantara and pitcher Alexander Vizcaino)

One of the most beloved players in the history of the Chicago Cubs is likely on the move, as multiple reports have indicated that first baseman Anthony Rizzo is close to being traded to the New York Yankees.

According to YES Network’s Jack Curry, the Yankees are “moving closer” to acquiring Rizzo:

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The Cubs could be getting closer to opening a DraftKings sports book betting facility at Wrigley Field

In September 2020, the Cubs and DraftKings announced a partnership to open a sports book at Wrigley Field

In September 2020, the Cubs and DraftKings announced a partnership to open a sports book at Wrigley Field sometime in the future according to Bleed Cubbie Blue.

Proposed DraftKing area at Wrigley Field

There was at least one catch to that announcement:

There are still quite a few things that have to happen before this sportsbook opens, according to this ESPN article. The article notes that regulatory approval has to come from the city of Chicago and the team and DraftKings will have to get a license from the Illinois Gaming Board.

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