A Moratorium on Drastic Rules Changes (UPDATE: Maybe Just One)

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Once upon a time, we learned that Major League Baseball was considering rules changes to improve pace of play.  While I fundamentally agree with the premise of getting more action and less dead time, I was not too keen on some of the proposed changes.  During a recent press appearance, Continue reading A Moratorium on Drastic Rules Changes (UPDATE: Maybe Just One)

Way Too Early Look At the 2017 MLB Draft

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As I continued to stay in my happy place, the baseball world went on and things happened: The Orioles’ 2017 lineup got a whole lot better on Friday morning, as Baltimore made official the re-signing of outfielder Mark Trumbo to a three-year contract. This signing had an additional quirk as Continue reading Way Too Early Look At the 2017 MLB Draft

A Pitch For Cubs Pitching

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A baseball trade happened today as the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners swapped Yovani Gallardo for Seth Smith: #Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto on adding Yovani Gallardo to the starting rotation. pic.twitter.com/VzBqc85kjY — Mariners (@Mariners) January 6, 2017 If you were as confused as I was, I don’t blame you, as Continue reading A Pitch For Cubs Pitching

Notes From the Commish

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It’s the All-Star Break, and since the cream of the crop of Major League Baseball (at least the ones who aren’t hurt, didn’t pitch on Sunday, and didn’t flake out) is converged on one location, that meant that the media could corner MLB Commisioner Rob Manfred and MLB Players Association Continue reading Notes From the Commish

MLB Draft Arrives — Cubs Get the Whole First Day Off

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Tonight is the MLB Rule 4 Amateur Draft, a days-long affair where several hundred kids find out which teams get exclusive rights to give them life-changing money that’s actually restricted by a silly slot system.  Speaking of that slot system, you can read the original blog here and see the Continue reading MLB Draft Arrives — Cubs Get the Whole First Day Off

The Looming CBA Negotiations

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With the current collective bargaining agreement expiring this coming December, we’re all on alert for how Major League Baseball and the MLBPA will negotiate the next CBA to maintain the long-standing labor peace.  Via the MLB Trade Rumors folks, I read the interview between the Associated Press and MLBPA head Continue reading The Looming CBA Negotiations

Anything that could help the Cubs is OK with me

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By now, many of you have probably read from multiple outlets that at least some owners aren’t too fond of the tanking that many teams seem to be embracing to position themselves better as they rebuild.  It does help that the Chicago Cubs happen to be in one division where Continue reading Anything that could help the Cubs is OK with me

The Cubs’ Quietly Surprising Draft of 2015

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The  Chicago Cubs’ draft turned out predictably if you look at the first ten picks on the surface. An advanced college bat in the first round, and then six more pitchers. This formula is what the Cubs have had under Theo Epstein. The high first round pick devoted to a Continue reading The Cubs’ Quietly Surprising Draft of 2015

Leverage For Amateur Baseball Players

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Yesterday, I blogged up my thoughts on what teams like the Chicago Cubs might consider trying transactions-wise in the wake of Major League Baseball’s announcement that teams could trade their recent draftees sooner.  While this isn’t necessarily the same as direct trading of draft picks like in other professional sports, Continue reading Leverage For Amateur Baseball Players

World Series Dreaming Contest: Predict Kris Bryant Day!

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Anno has a random Cubs catcher chest protector backpack lying around and wants to give it away.  It’s pretty nice: It’s kind of appropriate too since, for the time being, the Chicago Cubs are still carrying three catchers, all of them useful in their own right. Unfortunately none of them Continue reading World Series Dreaming Contest: Predict Kris Bryant Day!