In October 2016, shortly after Rob Manfred took power, a juggernaut class baseball organization emerged on the coast of the Great Lakes. It then fell behind in a playoff series, apparently suffering from a 3-1 deficit. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the series was rescued. But according to repeated statements by Continue reading The Hunt for Blue October
February 20th marks a seminal moment in television history. As the best baseball themed episode, and easy top 20 all- time episode*, of the Simpsons debuted tonight twenty-five years ago. There is no better tribute than watching the episode again either through SimpsonsWorld or your DVD collection (what you don’t have Continue reading The Real Mr. Burns Softball Team 25th Anniversary Roster Update
I want Munenori Kawasaki to make the Chicago Cubs in the year 2016. I can’t believe I wrote that sentence or even entertained that notion in my head. I hate no hit backup middle infielders. Jonathan Herrera‘s presence on the Cubs pained me for most of 2015. It isn’t my Continue reading A (Somewhat Serious) Case for Munenori Kawasaki
Spring training is here and the Cubs are continuing to add arms to the organization for a hopeful run at a championship. Now adding Manny Parra or Aaron Crow are the kind of moves that fans only say World Series here we come derisively, but they are the low risk Continue reading Creating a Taxi Squad
Late February is supposed to be about collecting those last few depth minor league signings. The Cubs have been particularly aggressive in this area adding the second most players on minor league deals this offseason, and with the addition of Shane Victorino Friday the Cubs are inching closer to first Continue reading Fowlers for Coghlan
You can never have enough pitching is a baseball truism. Bullpens are volatile is also a common belief in baseball circles. They are also taking on greater importance in the modern game of baseball. There is just the continuing increase in the sheer number of innings thrown by relievers in Continue reading Why Do the Cubs Still Want More Relievers?
Cubs fans seem pretty okay with their team tanking to get where they are because it’s indistinguishable from how they were run for 100 years I saw this sentence over a week ago and it really stuck with me. It was one of many interesting things that popped up in Continue reading Does it matter how the Cubs got here?
Today Donn Roach will make his second career start. He replaces Tsuyoshi Wada, who still has an ailing shoulder. It appears like this will be a spot start as Wada might be able to avoid a stint on the DL. The Cubs did not lose much in the all important Continue reading Bad (Donn) Roach Problem
There is a lot of excitement around Chicago Cubs baseball. Another top prospect received the call a few days ago, and in his first start crushed “Major League” pitchers. There are lots of interesting ramifications of the temporary call up, but one theme has really stuck out to me. This Continue reading What does the Kyle Schwarber promotion tell us about this year?
The draft is a few days old at this point, and we are still years away from knowing whether the draft was a success or not. A number of experts have had positive things to say about the Cubs and their approach, but many fans were disappointed by the strategy Continue reading Thoughts on Draft Strategy and Managing Risk