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Posts in category "Cubs Organization"

An Interview with Thomas Hatch

An Interview with Thomas Hatch
For 2080 Baseball, I was recently able to connect with Thomas Hatch, the first player the Cubs drafted last June. He was one of many arms they took in 2016 and probably a sign of a trend in the organization. I suspect that with the need for starting pitching on the horizon, they have deliberately... Read more »

Tuesday Talking Points: Saying Goodbye, Leading Off, and Some Things to Read

Tuesday Talking Points: Saying Goodbye, Leading Off, and Some Things to Read
The winter meetings are done, and for a while, the stove will cool down, and we’ll be left to settle in and brace ourselves against the long weeks before spring training begins. Or, at least, until the first of the players report to Arizona in very early February and we have something to dream on. That’s... Read more »

Top to bottom, the Cubs are a healthy organization

Top to bottom, the Cubs are a healthy organization
Nothing is perfect. It doesn’t take long to realize this, and in some ways, it’s sad how early in our lives this becomes apparent. I suppose it’s just as much about survival as it is about anything, though, and we need that dose of reality before we get too comfortable. So while we embrace at... Read more »
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A glimpse into the organization and thoughts on Spring Training

A glimpse into the organization and thoughts on Spring Training
Almost a year ago, I had the chance to listen to Horst Schulze, former president of the Ritz Carlton Hotels, speak on leadership and his organizational philosophy, and one of the things that was emphasized was the importance of empowering his employees at every level. His focus was on using this to provide exceptional customer... Read more »

The Cubs as a destination team

The Cubs as a destination team
I try really hard to resist hyperbole when writing about my favorite baseball team. I save that for ranting to my friends, neighbors, colleagues, ever patient wife, etc. But during the time of year when the season is entirely ahead of us and given what has transpired in the last few months, it’s hard to... Read more »

The difference a year makes

The difference a year makes
I took this picture from the right field bleachers on September 21, 2013, the first and only Cubs game I attended in person that year. They actually beat the Braves 3-1 that day, but were on their way to nearly 100 losses that season. Travis Wood started that Saturday and threw 7 strong innings before some... Read more »
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The surprising case of Arismendy Alcantara

The surprising case of Arismendy Alcantara
I am probably guilty at times of getting overly attached to a prospect and hoping he will pan out even a while after the evidence has begun to point to the contrary. This might be the case with Arismendy Alcantara, but I am still holding out hope for a resurgence on his part, and the... Read more »

Room for Coghlan on defense?

Room for Coghlan on defense?
As the winter weeks run long and the spring training still feels very far away, my mind often turns to the Cubs and the upcoming season to occupy itself through what is easily the hardest part of the year for me, as the winter meetings and the flurry of activity that they bring are well... Read more »

Catchella: What the numbers tell us about our catchers

Catchella: What the numbers tell us about our catchers
It’s time to get excited about defensive catching statistics, my friends. Unless you’ve been burrowed away somewhere, you’re probably aware of the release of some new defensive measures for catchers on Baseball Prospectus that have been dubbed “Catchella.” These are the work of Harry Pavlidis and Jonathan Judge, and especially in light of the stats... Read more »
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WAR, Cost of a Win, and Projections for Position Players

WAR, Cost of a Win, and Projections for Position Players
I enjoy WAR. THIS WAR. Wins Above Replacement is actually my favorite. If you know me, you also know this. If you don’t know me, we’re a bit closer now aren’t we? First, let me start as a I always do when talking about sabermetrics and WAR in general: there is no “best” stat or all-encompassing... Read more »