Major League Baseball and the players’ association are scheduled to meet Thursday, ending a 42-day break in negotiations that began when management started a lockout in the sport’s first work stoppage since 1995.
In 1924, the Grant Park Municipal Stadium opened and one year later was renamed Soldier Field at the request of the Chicago Gold Star Mothers. The stadium has hosted rodeos, music festivals, prep football games, the first Special Olympics and more before becoming the home of the Chicago Bears in 1971. It went through a major redesign in 2003.
The year 2021 rekindled our love for watching live sports in packed stadiums and celebrating with each other in the up-close-and-personal manner we grew accustomed to in the “before” times. But variants and vaccine statuses became as much a part of our consciousness as batting averages and quarterback efficiency ratings.
“The Cuban Comet” has landed in Cooperstown. Minnie Mi?oso was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday along with two others with Chicago connections, Jim Kaat and Buck O’Neil. Dick Allen fell one vote short of election.
Pioneers, an AL MVP and a consistent winner on the mound are among those with ties to Chicago teams on the Golden Days and Early Baseball Era ballots for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Results will be announced Sunday.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said owners imposed a lockout “out of a desire to drive the process forward to an agreement now.” MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark pushed back on that sentiment as labor talks stalled.
MLB owners reportedly voted unanimously Wednesday night to lock out players beginning Thursday. It's baseball’s ninth work stoppage and the first since the strike that resulted in MLB canceling the 1994 World Series and playing a shortened 1995 season.
Marcus Stroman made sure he made the last flight out of Los Angeles to Chicago, where he had a full day of physicals, MRIs and getting checked out on no sleep. The whirlwind sequence culminated in reaching terms on a three-year contract with the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs haven't been part of the big spenders in free agency. It's jarring that a big-market team with financial flexibility and plenty of holes is seemingly not interested in delving into the big-money market.
Miguel Amaya, the top catching prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization, reportedly needs Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and could miss the 2022 season. Amaya, 22, played in only 23 games in 2021.