They finally did release the Razzie “winners,” which are traditionally announced the night before the Oscar winners get their spotlight. As expected, the “winners” were as bad as advertised, not that I watched any of the movies. Except Fantastic Four, but I hate-watched it. Grrr. There is yet another “winner” Continue reading So, about those greedy baseball players…
It’s almost time for the Oscars, which as most of you know are more white than the foul line chalk on a baseball diamond. Pitcher John Axford is usually pretty good at picking them, and I don’t think I can argue with his choices: I haven’t actually seen most of Continue reading Just in time for the Awards Super Bowl
Today the Chicago Cubs made a couple of moves which surprised the masses. The trade of Chris Coghlan came as a surprise, until they announced they had re-signed Dexter Fowler. We had some fun playing around with all the different possibilities of what Joe Maddon could do with this team, and the Continue reading Cubs Lineup? A Joegasm of Possibilities
What the hell just happened? Two days ago, it was reported that Dexter Fowler had agreed to a three year deal with the Baltimore Orioles. There was a tornado of misinformation about which draft picks the Cubs would get back because their free agent with a qualifying offer had been Continue reading Dexter Fowler Resigns With Cubs…Seriously
Last time, on Cubs Trek, the Next Generation: According to BA’s account of the bonus pools, the Cubs only get $2,245,100 to spend in the Rule 4 draft, and $2,063,100 for international free agents. This is a total of $4,308,200 to acquire talent to keep the pipeline flowing. Tonight, the Baltimore Orioles restructured Continue reading With Dexter Fowler signed, Chicago Cubs get a modest bump in their bonus pool
There were a couple interesting pitching tidbits today, as the Chicago Cubs added to their pitching depth with the addition of Manny Parra to a minor-league deal: Parra will receive $520K plus a potential $1.28M in bonuses if he makes the Majors, Jon Heyman tweets. While one wonders how the Continue reading The Arms Race
I guess spring training has officially begun with the Chicago Cubs pitchers and catchers reporting on Friday. Of course, most of the players (not just pitchers and catchers) have been in Mesa for quite a while, but now we have a milestone from which to jump off of. And thus, Continue reading Embracing the Target
Once again, I get to say my four favorite words in sports. Today is the day that pitchers and catchers report for the Chicago Cubs. Today, all the fun that is ahead of us for the 2016 season begins, at least today is the day the fun was supposed to Continue reading The Four Greatest Words in Sports!
We’ve gotten to the cusp of spring training, and today, Baseball America revealed the 2016 MLB Draft and international spending pools for each team: This year, bonus slots are just over 4.6 percent higher than they were last year. Unfortunately for the Cubs, this doesn’t much matter, especially if Dexter Continue reading Chicago Cubs Can’t Really Spend Much On Amateurs This Year
(UPDATE 4/21/16: I wrote this in February, but this has become more relevant with recent Heyward BFIB story from the New York Daily News and subsequent stories from the Cardinals Double Birds Blog & NBC’s Hardball Talk) The Best Fans in Baseball (BFIB). It’s a term that will light up the Continue reading META: How the BFIB Caused Me an Existential Crisis.