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MLB Franchise Notes: Cubs bow out of Big League Weekend

In Las Vegas, Ron Kantowski noted the Cubs will "not be appearing" in Las Vegas’ Big League Weekend in '22, "lockout or no lockout," after making 18 appearances in the MLB showcase event and 14 consecutive from '05-18. Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators President Don Logan said, "We talked to them as always. They said they wanted to take a break for a year. We said 'Why?'" Logan said that the "thousands who followed the Cubs’ split squad to Las Vegas from their spring training digs in Arizona combined with the team’s huge following in Southern Nevada" would seem to "justify keeping the series going" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/23).

STAYING PUT? Also in Las Vegas, Ed Graney wrote with the A's, it "seems some officials" in the Bay Area are not "ready to lose their team to Southern Nevada." Oakland is "very much in play now" for the A's to "stay put." Graney: "But what a horrible look for the team -- and MLB as a whole -- if the A’s receive the lion’s share of what they have desired for years in Oakland and still push for a move." What an "awful moment" for MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred -- who granted the A’s permission to explore relocation -- should he "now continue supporting such until a final say comes from Oakland" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/23).

PUSHING TICKETS: In Boston, Dan Shaughnessy wrote some fans are "baffled" that the Red Sox are "aggressively pushing ticket sales (including spring training games) during the lockout." The team's ticket offering includes this language: "All sales are final and are subject to availability. ... No refunds or exchanges will be issued.” When asked for comment, Red Sox VP/Corporate Communications Zineb Curran said, “If any games are canceled for reasons related to COVID or the work stoppage, the club will issue account credits, allow fans to exchange tickets for other games, or have the option for a refund" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/22).

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