Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds to meet in 2022 Field of Dreams game

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Des Moines Register 17 August, 2021 - 08:26am 39 views

What is the Field of Dreams game?

The Field of Dreams game is a living tribute to the iconic 1989 film "Field of Dreams" that starred Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan and Ray Liotta and was in part an exploration of baseball nostalgia. CBS sports.comCubs and Reds to play in 2022 Field of Dreams game, per report

It'll be the second time two major league teams come to Dyersville for a regular season game on a Thursday night. The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees met for a nationally televised thriller last Thursday. The game featured a touching tribute beforehand with actor Kevin Costner walking out of the cornfield and onto the field. He was followed by players from both teams. 

The game was just as exciting with the Yankees and White Sox traded home runs and leads throughout the game. It ended with White Sox star Tim Anderson crushing a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the White Sox a 9-8 win. It was a huge hit for MLB and its television partners at FOX, which announced the contest was the most watched regular season MLB game in 16 years with 5,903,000 viewers tuning in. 

One of those members, outfielder Joe Jackson, became a central figure in "Field of Dreams." The movie is about an Iowa farmer who plows over his corn to build a baseball field for Jackson and other members of the banished White Sox to play on.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred Manfred told The Register earlier in the month that this year's game had so much buzz that it was likely the game would return. He confirmed as much an hour before the first pitch last Thursday. 

"The reception that this has received has been so positive that we will be back," Manfred said. 

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Report: Cubs vs. Reds Scheduled for 'Field Of Dreams' Game in 2022 MLB Season

Bleacher Report 17 August, 2021 - 01:01am

The Chicago Cubs will reportedly play the Cincinnati Reds in Major League Baseball's 2022 rendition of the Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports. 

Per that report, "The plan, which has a few legal details left to iron out, calls for the Cubs and Reds to play at the Field of Dreams site Thursday, Aug. 11, take Friday off, and then conclude the three-game series Saturday and Sunday in Cincinnati, sources said."

The first iteration of the game this season was a resounding success, with Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson putting the cherry on top of the idea by hitting a walk-off homer into the cornstalks against the New York Yankees. 

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"I think it's pretty clear we're going to be back next year, and we'll have to talk about it after that," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters after the game. "But it’s just been so successful that it's hard not to take the opportunity to do it again."

Last week, Cubs manager David Ross let it slip that his team would be invited to the Iowa showcase. 

"We're in that next year, right?" he said after reporters asked him about this year's version of the game.

"No," he said, answering his own question. "We're not, we're not, we're not."

Sounds like Ross let the cat out of the bag. It was an exciting admission for Cubs fans, with folks in Cincinnati now getting to join in the excitement. 

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Cincinnati Reds to play Chicago Cubs in 2022 Field of Dreams game

The Cincinnati Enquirer 16 August, 2021 - 08:06pm

It was first reported by NBC Sports Chicago. Major League Baseball has not made an announcement. 

"I think the reception that this has received has been so positive that we will be back," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said before last week's Field of Dreams game. 

The game is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, which is currently a scheduled off day for both teams before playing the final two games of their three-game series at Great American Ball Park.

This year's Field of Dreams game was FOX's most-watched regular-season game since 2005 with 5.9 million viewers. 

The 1919 Black Sox Scandal was a central part of the 1989 "Field of Dreams" movie. The Reds beat the White Sox in the World Series in eight games. Dyersville constructed an 8,000-seat ballpark with a cornfield behind the outfield fence.

Reds: How the playoff race shapes up over the final month-plus

Blog Red Machine 16 August, 2021 - 02:47pm

Aug 15, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (16) and relief pitcher Mychal Givens (48) celebrate win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Reds are in the middle of a heated race to determine an NL Wild Card spot heading into the final 43 games of the 2021 season. Coming off a series win over the Philadelphia Phillies, let’s take a closer look at where the team currently sits in the chase for October.

After the Reds win yesterday against the Phillies, the club currently sits 2.5 games back from the final Wild Card spot that is currently in possession by the San Diego Padres. The Reds have a steeper mountain in the NL Central, trailing the Milwaukee Brewers by 8 games.

While winning the division isn’t completely out of the question, the Reds continue to inch closer and closer to the final Wild Card spot.

The Wild Card spot that is up for grabs shows that Cincinnati is not alone in the tight race to surpass the Padres. Division rival, the St. Louis Cardinals, sit 4.5 games back, and the Phillies currently sit 5 games back from the spot. Every game counts right now, and the schedule favors Cincinnati to finish out the season.

The strength of schedule for the remainder of the regular season has the Reds and Phillies with the easiest paths to a Wild Card spot. The Reds still have to play the Brewers in one more three-game series and a date with the defending World Series champs, the Dodgers, in a three-game series in September.

Cincinnati, however, gets nine more games against the Pittsburgh Pirates this year; a team, the Reds, have handled well, holding a 9-1 overall record this season.

With the Wild Card spot within their grasp, the Reds still can’t be counted out to make a run on the NL Central leading Brewers. The Brewers have the 7th hardest schedule remaining in the MLB, with series matchups against the San Francisco Giants and the Dodgers.

Next week, the three-game series against the Brewers, the Reds’ last clash with Milwaukee this season, will be crucial in deciding the teams’ chances at a run for the division crown.

Important baseball is being played in Cincinnati is way head to October. The team is seeking back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since the 2012-2013 seasons. The team will be starting a seven-game homestand this evening as they welcome the Chicago Cubs for a three-game series before the Miami Marlins come to town on Thursday.

Cincinnati will have a chance to control their playoff destiny. Buckle up Redlegs, the next month and a half will be fun, nerve-racking, important baseball.

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Cubs lose again, but Steele showing promise as starter

Chicago Daily Herald 16 August, 2021 - 12:00am

Justin Steele's hometown of Lucedale, Mississippi isn't hard to find. It's halfway between Hattiesburg and Mobile, and has more than one stoplight.

Steele said it took the scouts a little while to find him when he was a fireballer at George County High School, but there is a pretty good athletic history in that part of the state.

According to baseball-reference.com, Steele is one of seven players from his high school who were drafted in baseball since 2001. Longtime NFL wide receiver Eric Moulds is an alum.

"Then Claude Passeau Sr., who threw a 1-hitter for the Cubs in 1945, he's from my area," Steele said. "His grandson was here watching me (last Tuesday). Me and his grandson are great friends, so that's a really cool story in itself."

Passeau Sr. is no footnote. He spent nine seasons pitching for the Cubs and started Games 3 and 6 of the 1945 World Series, earning a win and no-decision.

"It's a small town, but a lot of talent's came from there as far as sports go," said Steele, a fifth-round pick of the Cubs in 2014. "Baseball nowadays, you've got to showcase and stuff. They're going to find you eventually. It took until my junior year to kind of get on the radar, but once they had seen me, they started watching me at my high school games and things took off from there."

Steele took the mound for his second major-league start Monday night in Cincinnati. Like the initial start at Wrigley Field, Steele was good, with a few flaws.

He did a nice job working out of trouble in the first three innings, then gave up a 2-run homer to Jonathan India in the fourth and left after throwing 82 pitches. The Cubs lost to the Reds 14-5, running their losing streak to 12 in a row, two off the franchise record.

Obviously, wins aren't important for the Cubs right now. There's a tight race for draft spots between No. 5 and 10. But Steele as a starting pitcher falls into the hope for the future category. His final line was 5 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts.

The left-handed Steele can throw the sweeping curveball and slider, that batters on both sides of the plate have trouble hitting. He was similar to Reds starting pitcher Wade Miley in that regard.

But Steele can also bring the heat, typically hitting 95 with his four-seam fastball. Miley's fastball peaked at 90 miles per hour, and he threw only three of those in 7 innings Monday.

"(Steele's) slider is probably a pretty devastating pitch, much different than the cutter that Miley has, and he also has the breaking ball and the changeup," manager David Ross said. "You have a seasoned veteran who knows what he wants to do, and Justin will continue to pitch and become that guy. I have a lot of confidence in that. Stuff-wise, Justin's in one of those different categories for me."

The Cubs are expecting to add Keegan Thompson to the rotation soon. He started for Iowa on Sunday, threw 4⅓ perfect innings and was named Triple-A East pitcher of the week.

Since announcing they'd go to a six-man rotation the rest of the season, the Cubs released Jake Arrieta and lost Adbert Alzolay (hamstring) to the injured list. Arrieta signed with the Padres on Monday, to fill in for the injured Yu Darvish. The Cubs have not announced a starter for Wednesday's series finale in Cincinnati.

While Steele kept the Cubs in the game, the Reds piled up 10 runs against relievers Michael Rucker and Dan Winkler. Joey Votto collected his 2,000th career hit in the seventh inning.

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