Improving Cubs Ailing Offense Starts and Ends With More Baserunners

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Joey Votto takes one of the absolute dumbest criticisms a baseball player can take: That he is “content” to lead the league in on-base percentage.  Think for a second about what that actually means.  There are some people (mostly Reds fans and Harold Reynolds) who are critical because Votto makes Continue reading Improving Cubs Ailing Offense Starts and Ends With More Baserunners

Bullpen Use Baffling Rick Renteria

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Allow me to preface all of this by saying that managing a bullpen is very difficult for a manager. Relievers need off-days, they need to be used fairly consistently, they might have minor arm issues that allow them to work, but on a strict pitch limit…the list of things that Continue reading Bullpen Use Baffling Rick Renteria

Cubs Have Problems, But the Bullpen Isn’t One of Them

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As Cubs fans, we’re accustomed to thinking that we have it worse than every other fan base of all of the other 29 teams.  In one particular area, it seems that we think if the Cubs were just average, the team would win a lot more games.  That area is Continue reading Cubs Have Problems, But the Bullpen Isn’t One of Them

2014 NL Central Preview: 5th Place – Chicago Cubs

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As the season is primed to start in two weeks, now is a good time to preview what we might see over the course of the summer.  For the Cubs, specifically, probably another season with more losses than wins, some mid-season trades, and unlike the last two seasons, more prospects Continue reading 2014 NL Central Preview: 5th Place – Chicago Cubs

Winds of Change, Uncertainty Blow Around 2014 Cubs Convention

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This year’s annual opportunity for adult fans to complain ask questions to the team’s leadership and for children to get autographs, pictures, and souvenirs from their favorite Cubs players (past, present and future), was held in Chicago at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers this weekend.  Not much new information was Continue reading Winds of Change, Uncertainty Blow Around 2014 Cubs Convention

Baseball takes too damned long

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Looking at today’s games, the contest between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals took about 2:40, while the nightcap between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox took nearly four hours to complete (3:56).  It seems the Twitterverse was awash with plenty of complaints about how Continue reading Baseball takes too damned long