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!

The Angels Are the Devil

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So by now you know the saga of former Cub-for-about-five-minutes-before-he-was-traded Josh Hamilton, who fessed up to a drug relapse this offseason while also rehabbing an injury.  It remains to be seen whether he will get to rejoin the Los Angeles Angels, who are suffering from buyer’s remorse.  The Angels GM, Continue reading The Angels Are the Devil

Money and Baseball

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By now I’m sure you wished that the myriad articles about Kris Bryant and service time were just a bunch of bad April Fool’s jokes. Alas, such is not the case.  Until he dons the major league Chicago Cubs uniform, Bryant will be a lightning rod of controversy in advance Continue reading Money and Baseball

Baez, Bryant Show Cubs Committed to Present and Future

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Mark the date down.  March 30, 2015.  It should be known as a transformational day in Cubs history.  For the first time in what seems like forever, the Cubs are simultaneously focused on winning right now…and in the future.  The days of selling out to make a single effort to Continue reading Baez, Bryant Show Cubs Committed to Present and Future

What does Kris Bryant have to work on now?

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Kris Bryant exited today’s game after the fifth inning, but before he was done for the day, he did stuff: Your browser does not support iframes. Note that this is a legitimate pitcher in Felix Hernandez! Bryant hit another homer later and the response across the Cubs universe was pretty Continue reading What does Kris Bryant have to work on now?