Wrigley getting expanded clubhouses … eventually

Life in the most cramped clubhouse in the majors is always an adventure, and with September call-ups in the house, there’s human gridlock before games until everyone heads to the dugout for batting practice.

A solution to the problem is in the works. But it’s a Chicago solution, so it’s probably going to take a while. The Cubs received permission from the city for a five-year, $300 million ballpark renovation, which includes an expanded clubhouse for the visiting team in the final year of the project.

But construction, which was supposed to begin Thursday, the day after Cubs’ final home game, has been postponed indefinitely.

“The last I heard, any work done this winter will be structural — infrastructure to put us in position to put us in position to make more significant changes,” Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, said. “Assuming all those dreaded T’s get crossed.”

The Cubs have said they want assurances the rooftop owners won’t sue, leaving the two “partners” at a standstill.

That means a new home clubhouse won’t be in place until 2015, and the visitors’ clubhouse ready in 2020. Epstein could be on to bigger and better things by then, having figured out the Cubs’ sales pitch and reality were two different things.

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