Tag: Rebuild

What will happen to talent acquisition when the Cubs actually get good?

What will happen to talent acquisition when the Cubs actually get good?
Let’s start off with the good news in regards on top overall Cubs draft pick Kyle Schwarber:   So…Daytona? MT @kschwarb12 Thank you @KCCougars players, coaches & fans for being great to me in my stay here at Kane County! #cougs — WorldSeriesDreaming (@WSDreaming_Cubs) July 15, 2014   He seems a cool guy and this... Read more »

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The Light at the End of the Tunnel
I am trying to write about the trade but every time I start thinking about Addison Russell with Bryant and Baez… pic.twitter.com/mADmg40hf9 — dabynsky (@dabynsky) July 7, 2014 I’ve been trying to write about the blockbuster trade that brought Addison Russell and others to the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel for days now.... Read more »

Kyle Hendricks Pulled from I-Cubs Game (Update-Confirmation of Call Up)

Kyle Hendricks Pulled from I-Cubs Game (Update-Confirmation of Call Up)
Kyle Hendricks just left Iowa’s game after pitching only two innings. This does not appear to be injury related. #Cubs @IowaCubs — TheCCO-Minors (@TheCCO_Minors) July 6, 2014   Re Hendricks being pulled. See him soon? RT @ZombieFerret77 @me @IowaCubs lots of hugs and high fives and pats on the back from the p coach! —... Read more »
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Jason Hammel Hug Watch (UPDATE: A's as Partners?!)

Jason Hammel Hug Watch (UPDATE: A's as Partners?!)
The bigger news than the Cubs four game winning streak pulling them to eight under .500 for the first time since April 25th was Jason Hammel. Not Jason Hammel‘s performance, which was solid but unspectacular, but his comments about being pulled from the game. Hammel: “I would have liked to have stayed out there in... Read more »

Gunther's Barely Informed Day 3 Recap (Picks 31-40)

Gunther's Barely Informed Day 3 Recap (Picks 31-40)
World Series Dreaming has spent over a week looking back at the front office’s self proclaimed Super Bowl. Here is all the thoughts that we have put into blog form so far: Rice Cube’s Day 1 Quickie Recap My first impressions on the Kyle Schwarber/Justin Stinnett picks My look back on Day 2 Rice’s recap... Read more »

Gunther's Barely Informed Day 3 Recap of the Cubs Draft (picks 11-20)

Gunther's Barely Informed Day 3 Recap of the Cubs Draft (picks 11-20)
The draft is over and at this point the attention turns to who will be signed. Day 3 is an interesting day in this post-CBA spending limits draft world. Players drafted on day 3 can be signed for any amount up to $100,000 dollars but any dollar over that amount counts against the bonus pool... Read more »
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The Case for Colby Rasmus

The Case for Colby Rasmus
As promised to those who follow me on twitter (@dabynsky coincidentally enough), I am going to make the case here that the Cubs should aggressively pursue Colby Rasmus this offseason. To start with though, I want to make it clear that I do not view Colby Rasmus as a difference maker. He is not going... Read more »

The Tao of Tanking, Redux

The Tao of Tanking, Redux
Over the past couple days, there have been articles and tweets posted about the Houston Astros’ very progressive plan to build their franchise from the ground up since they blew up the system upon Jeff Luhnow’s hiring as general manager.  Here’s a particularly poignant set of tweets:   Bash the #Astros all you want, but... Read more »

Nothing Matters Until Baez

Nothing Matters Until Baez
I never thought that the Cubs would be very good this year The projections on this team and the roster made it clear that this was a low 70s win team on paper. Within projections there is the wiggle room of variance, and unfortunately the variance has been negative like it has the past two... Read more »
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Avoiding the Tailspin

Avoiding the Tailspin
History repeats itself. I hate that phrase as a history teacher because it is an example of apophenia. But it truly does seem to be happening right now. On Wednesday I wrote about the Cubs being stuck in the pattern of 2012 and 2013. The Cubs then proceeded to play a game completely emblematic of... Read more »