Posts tagged "MLB"

My First Baseball Game

My First Baseball Game
My first direct memory of baseball was not with the Chicago Cubs, but with the Oakland Athletics, one of the teams in my home territory of Northern California.  This probably explains why I was so disappointed when the A’s crapped out in the 2014 playoffs, and also why I was thrilled when the San Francisco... Read more »

Saturday "Morning" Cubs Thinks

Saturday "Morning" Cubs Thinks
Technically, anything before noon is “morning” so this will have to do.  I’ve been very tired slogging through this first semester of teaching and it shows:   Crud, I must be tired. Saw the word “apology” and thought, “isn’t the study of primates called something else?” — Rice Cube (@CubicSnarkonia) December 6, 2014   Anyway,... Read more »

Just Announced: Cubs host Cardinals for MLB Opening Night!

Just Announced: Cubs host Cardinals for MLB Opening Night!
The countdown to relevant baseball begins anew, as the Chicago Cubs have announced that they will host the St. Louis Cardinals for MLB Opening Night on Sunday, April 5, at 7:05 PM Chicago time on ESPN2. Originally the opening day was supposed to be April 6, which was the Monday after that Sunday, but it... Read more »
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MLB Looking to Stem the Tides of Tommy John

MLB Looking to Stem the Tides of Tommy John
Look at that picture of Chicago White Sox ace pitcher Chris Sale, and ask yourself if it’s natural to see an arm bend that way.  Now imagine having to do that 100+ times in an outing every week or so.  Think about the amount of crazy torque you have to put on that arm, the... Read more »

Something About Free Agents

Something About Free Agents
OK, so the Chicago Cubs are going to name Joe Maddon the new manager on Monday.  Until then, we have a stream of roster moves as a relatively big trade happened as the Milwaukee Brewers traded for Adam Lind and sent noted Cub-killer Marco Estrada to the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Jays also announced a... Read more »

The Crapshoot

The Crapshoot
I never actually learned how to play craps.  I see the tables everywhere when I have the chance to visit Reno or Las Vegas, but I don’t know the game well enough to play it with any confidence, so I’ve never actually plopped down my chips at those tables.  In many ways, the baseball playoffs... Read more »
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Tweaking the Next Collective Bargaining Agreement

Tweaking the Next Collective Bargaining Agreement
There hasn’t been a work stoppage in Major League Baseball since 1995, and based god willing, there won’t be one when the current collective bargaining agreement expires in December 2016 and they (hopefully) ratify a new one to keep the game going.  The owners fought for so long to get certain concessions from the players... Read more »

Avenues of Talent Acquisition, Revisited

Avenues of Talent Acquisition, Revisited
We begin with the requisite fapping to Cubs prospect porn and the (hopefully) impending promise of a juggernaut in the making: Organizational Overview by Dave Cameron The Cubs rebuild has methodical, but it’s almost over. After spending the last few years collecting prospects and building up an internal base of talent, the Cubs are on... Read more »

The World of Possibility

The World of Possibility
The Kansas City Royals are a win away from the World Series. Take a breath, collect your thoughts, and then ponder that with a clearer mind.  The Kansas City Royals are a win away from the World Series. They were built on prospects, ultimately shrewd trades and signings, and a plan that general manager Dayton... Read more »
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A Thought Exercise

A Thought Exercise
Let’s talk about Kris Bryant really quickly.  In fact, let’s watch a video of Theo Epstein talking about Kris Bryant from last month before we keep going… Okay, now that we’re caught up, let’s remember that Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein had a plan and they’re sticking to it.  There are various statements within this... Read more »