Wrigley Field will get a little more hi-tech this year with the construction of a patio deck in the right-field corner.
The Cubs will reconfigure seating beyond the right-field wall in the corner to create what they call a rooftop atmosphere. The area will be able to handle 150 people or three groups of 50 people each.
Even more interesting is the addition of a 75-foot LED board to be installed just above the right-field wall. A replay board is not included, but fans will be able to see up-to-date stats during the game.
The distance from home plate to the right-field wall will not be affected nor will the ivy growing on the wall. Cubs business president Crane Kenney said during Saturday's Cubs convention that fans have been asking for more statistical information during games. Seating capacity in that area will be reduced by about one-third.
"One of the things we hear from our fans is if you go to other parks, it (a scoreboard) will tell you not only that the pitch was 92 miles an hour, but it was a slider or a fastball," Kenney said. "People want more information in the park, so with the hand-operated scoreboard, and the small LED we have beneath it, it's a chance to bring more information to the fans."
Do the hustle:
Every Cubs manager has said it: He promises the Cubs will play hard and run out every groundball and flyball. This time, new manager Dale Sveum said he means it.
"They're going to be held accountable," Sveum said. "It's not going to be OK (not to hustle). I'm not going to say they're not going to do it again. But it's not going to be OK. They're not going to be able to walk by in the dugout without me saying something.
"It might be pulling somebody out of the game. If it's going to embarrass the Chicago Cubs and the other 24 guys that are busting their butts every single day, I'm not going to allow that to happen. It's not my personality."
Sveum hired Dave McKay as bench coach. McKay previously was a longtime coach for former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
"All we can do is tell you that we are here to do something about it," McKay said. "We are going to do our best. It's not going to be something where you see it being ignored. It's not going to happen. You've heard that before. All you can do is trust us, that it is not going to happen. It is not going to happen."
Shortstop Starlin Castro, taking heat for a sexual assault allegation, did not participate in a convention session Saturday for which he had been scheduled.
Castro has not been charged with any crime, and he issued a statement Friday saying he was cooperating with Chicago police. Team owner Tom Ricketts was asked about the situation.
"Starlin put out a statement yesterday, and it's really not appropriate for us to talk much beyond that," Ricketts said. "We just hope that it all gets resolved as quickly as possible."