Wrigley Field could get a little more hitter-friendly next season.
The Cubs want to move the brick wall behind home plate three feet closer to the playing field to accommodate 56 more premium seats. A Cubs spokesman confirmed the news, which first was reported by Crain's Chicago Business.
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Crain's reports the renovation is on the agenda of the permit review committee of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Thursday.
The Cubs added three rows of premium seats behind the plate for the 2004 season, moving the iconic brick wall about 10 feet closer to home plate and lowering the wall.
Moving the wall closer to the field would cut down on the already small foul territory behind the plate, doing no favor to the pitchers.
Cubs president Theo Epstein said he would want to "sit down and study" the effect a renovation would have. "I don't see it as a big deal one way or another if it's only a couple of feet," he said.
Make the adjustments:
Center fielder Brett Jackson was back in Tuesday night's starting lineup against the Astros. Jackson has his work cut out for him this winter. He won't play winter ball but will work on swing adjustments in Arizona.
"I'd like to see him completely revamp his swing and lower half and a lot of things," said Cubs manager Dale Sveum. "They're not things that you're asking somebody to stand on their head about.
"There have been players in this game who have made drastic, drastic adjustments, and it's propelled some of them to Hall of Fame stature, to long careers in the big leagues. I'll go to my grave saying if you don't make any adjustments in this game, you won't stay here long."
Jackson, who has lately seen his playing time reduced, entered Tuesday with a line of. 174/.296/.348 with 56 strikeouts in 115 at-bats.
"You give everybody the benefit of the doubt," Sveum said. "It's up to them to make the adjustments and to learn from their experience in the big leagues. That's the reason why we (brought) them to the big leagues, to give them understanding that big-league pitching is different than Triple-A pitching. The development in Triple-A was average, and too many strikeouts."
With the season ending Wednesday, Dale Sveum began one-on-one meetings with pitchers Tuesday. Position players will get their meetings Wednesday.
"The coaches and staff we'll do after the game on Wednesday," said Theo Epstein.