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Spring Notes: Maddon, Sosa, Manny, LaStella, Rizzo, and more

Spring Notes: Maddon, Sosa, Manny, LaStella, Rizzo, and more
This looks like it is going to be a fun spring for the Cubs. Mark Gonzales writes that loud music will be a part of the Cubs workouts.  As someone whose volume preference is at around 11, I wholeheartedly approve.  As for the workout itself… “I was able to get my points across,” Maddon said.... Read more »

The Target List - Chicago Baseball Foods

The Target List - Chicago Baseball Foods
Chicago Baseball Foods My first exposures to baseball came at a young age when my desires and urges were more primal in nature. Food, drink, and the occasional shiny object sustained me well into elementary school. Those three ingredients are ingrained in me as I seek those three things out when enjoying live baseball as... Read more »

Injuries to Bulls, Blackhawks a reminder to Cubs about the importance of planning, preparation, and depth

Injuries to Bulls, Blackhawks a reminder to Cubs about the importance of planning, preparation, and depth
This part of the spring always feels like a little bit of a lull to me. The initial excitement of pitchers and catchers reporting now gives way to the anticipation of actual baseball. What’s more, Derrick Rose and Patrick Kane just went down with significant injuries. Those sports are just filler for me until baseball... Read more »
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Spring Notes: Bryant to get work in the OF, Schwarber making progress, the maturity of Russell, and more

Spring Notes: Bryant to get work in the OF, Schwarber making progress, the maturity of Russell, and more
UPDATE 11:15 AM Some clarification from Jesse Rogers on Manny’s role. Theo says Manny Ramirez will be in uniform at Wrigley helping hitters about one homestand a month — Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) February 24, 2015 UPDATE 10:50 Keith Law wrote a piece on the Top 20 impact rookies (subscription required) and while he only names... Read more »

What it would take for Kris Bryant to make the Opening Day roster?

What it would take for Kris Bryant to make the Opening Day roster?
Never say never, right? Well, when it comes to Kris Bryant making the 2015 Opening Day roster, that is about as close as you can get to never.   No matter how we try to rationalize this, we are talking about 9 games of his rookie season, in an uncertain year, as an exchange for... Read more »

More spring notes: Strop, Arrieta, looking at other top prospect classes, Ross-Lester connection and more

More spring notes: Strop, Arrieta, looking at other top prospect classes, Ross-Lester connection and more
So much great work being done by the Cubs reporters out in Arizona that it is getting hard to keep up. Well do our best… Pedro Strop talks about car accident, bullpen I never really heard Pedro Strop so I didn’t know much about his personality. Turns out he is a pretty engaging guy and... Read more »
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Red Sox to sign Yoan Moncada while two top Cuban pitching prospects won't be eligible until next signing period

Red Sox to sign Yoan Moncada while two top Cuban pitching prospects won't be eligible until next signing period
The dream is over. The Red Sox, the early favorite in this race, stuck it through and got their man.  Yoan Moncada has reportedly agreed to a $30M-ish contract with the Red Sox. BREAKING – Source: Cuban INF prospect Yoan Moncada agrees with Red Sox on a deal in $30 million range. Check http://t.co/mkcBseoZWQ. —... Read more »

Spring Training Notes: Baez, Soler, Wood, Castillo, and the Cubs glorious hair

Spring Training Notes: Baez, Soler, Wood, Castillo, and the Cubs glorious hair
Let’s start the week with some news and notes from the weekend… Javier Baez ready for the challenge Apart from his great skills on the field and his elite bat speed, another thing about Javier Baez is that he doesn’t lack for confidence.  Maddon was very impressed with him despite his struggles at the plate.... Read more »

Anarchists Brunch - It's Warm Somewhere

Little late today, sorry about that. It's always something of a weird letdown when pitchers and catchers report. You get excited at the beginning of the week, because you know (in this case) Thursday marked at least the cars being wheeled to the starting grid on the baseball season. And then that day arrives, and you realize it's all going on out of sight somewhere pretty far from Chicago. And when the temperature is -4, it feels very very far indeed. So nothing in the daily routine really changes. It's not like you stopped reading baseball websites and started again simply because there was leather popping on a field in Arizona. And yet, there is some feeling of reassurance. Maybe the day is just slightly easier knowing there is horsehide being hurled down south. There's the clack of spikes somewhere. Especially when in the sports world, February is the epitome of the doldrums. The Super Bowl is over, which means the Bears season has been done for months, usually. The Hawks and Bulls are slogging through regular season games that not even they care about as the excitement of the upcoming playoffs hasn't quite taken hold yet. So it's good to be jubilant about anything in any small way. So that's where I am as we try and sift through whatever's crashing around in my skull cavity...
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Expect Maddon to be creative with his bullpen

Expect Maddon to be creative with his bullpen
One of the things that has developed in baseball over the last couple of decades is extreme bullpen specialization with very specific demarcations: the 7th inning guy, the righty set-up guy, the lefty set-up guy, the closer, the middle guy, the long man. and of course, the LOOGY.  We even use these terms when we... Read more »