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Andrew Cashner calls Wrigley Field a ‘dump’

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Wrigley Field is 90 years older than Petco Park. The Chicago Cubs have done some renovating over the years, but their ballpark has maintained its nostalgic feel. Many fans and players seem to appreciate that. San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner does not.

The Cubs are seeking to start a major renovation to Wrigley Field in the near future, but legal action from owners of local rooftop apartments has presented a few hurdles. Cashner pulled no punches when comparing Wrigley to Petco Park this week.

“We’re spoiled here,” Cashner said of the Padres’ home ballpark, via Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune. “We have some of the best facilities in baseball. And Wrigley is a dump.”

Cashner, who played for the Cubs in 2010 and 2011, was happy to elaborate.

“It’s bad,” he added. “Here (at Petco), we have one of the nicest weight rooms in all of baseball, a big locker room and things are spaced out. You go about your business and make the most out of what you need to get out of your day.”

Cubs outfielder Ryan Kalish, who used to play for the Boston Red Sox, knew where Cashner was coming from.

“Fenway is historical and old, but it’s more upgraded,” Kalish said. “They obviously have taken steps to make improvements like the one the new plan is showing. I know there’s controversy that goes with it, but it’s awesome for us as players and will be good for the fans. Wrigley is awesome, but it’s outdated for the players.”

Fenway Park has also been described as a “dump” by certain players, so this is nothing new. The bottom line is some MLB players are worse than the Princess and the Pea. It’s not enough to make $10 million a year. They also want nice big lockers and state-of-the-art equipment. Normal people like us (well, I’m not normal) get tired of hearing it.

Padres P Andrew Cashner could miss start of season after hunting accident

The number of casualties across Major League Baseball that resulted from hunting grew on Wednesday, as the San Diego Padres announced that pitcher Andrew Cashner is likely to miss the start of the season after cutting his hand during a hunting trip. According to Padres general manager Josh Byrnes, Cashner was accidentally stabbed in the hand while he and a friend were cleaning a carcass.

Cashner needed only two stitches to close the wound, but unfortunately he suffered a severed tendon which required surgery.

“It’s a three-month recovery,” Byrnes told U-T San Diego. “The doctors don’t expect any long-term consequences. He’ll be behind. To say he’ll be ready by Opening Day is unrealistic.”

The right-hander was expected to have a legitimate shot at making the Padres starting rotation with pitchers Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland recovering from Tommy John surgery. However, Byrnes did add that Cashner was “not plan A” to join the starting rotation.

Ironically, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum was shot in the ear by a friend while hunting earlier this week. He avoided any type of serious injury, but it is still strange to see two separate hunting accidents involving an MLB player and coach in the same week.

While slicing a tendon during a hunting trip certainly qualifies as a bizarre injury, it’s more shocking when we see athletes hurt themselves while sleeping or bowling. When guns and knives are involved, there’s always an increased risk of something bad happening.

H/T The Big Lead