The 2017 Hall of Fame Ballot

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As we get closer to Thanksgiving, the National Baseball Hall of Fame has just announced the official 2017 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, with 34 players eligible for voting and potential enshrinement.  Similar to previous years, I think there are something like 12 players worthy of entry into the Hall Continue reading The 2017 Hall of Fame Ballot

Amidst Uncertainty, Cubs Not Without Starting Options

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Theo Epstein said it explicitly.  The Cubs are going to seek to add to their starting rotation.  And that makes sense for a lot of reasons.  The biggest reason is that there is no way in the world that they can go into the 2016 season and have the possibility Continue reading Amidst Uncertainty, Cubs Not Without Starting Options

Mike Olt. A Good Problem to Have

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So far this Spring, Mike Olt has been making people notice him, in a good way. Mike Olt goes yard! Having good at bats!!! @WSDreaming_Cubs pic.twitter.com/6tF58Z3kO1 — Jesse Jensen (@jjrayn) March 9, 2015 Last season, Olt and Luis Valbuena were named the team’s starting third basemen for the 2014 campaign. Continue reading Mike Olt. A Good Problem to Have

Manny Being Manny Comes to Wrigley

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Last season, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer thought that hiring Manny Ramirez to be a hitting coach for the Iowa Cubs would be a great idea, much to the chagrin to some fans of the Chicago Cubs. They did not want anything to do with the man who was covered Continue reading Manny Being Manny Comes to Wrigley

Today, while watching Dominican Winter League baseball…

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Tonight, thanks to Stan on Twitter and the power of internet streaming, I got to watch my first Dominican Winter League baseball game in a long time.  Stan has some play-by-play tweets of Junior Lake‘s activities from earlier in the game, so that was one reason to check out the Continue reading Today, while watching Dominican Winter League baseball…

Bill Mueller Resigns as Cubs Hitting Coach

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Last season, two of the Chicago Cubs most important hitters in the team’s rebuilding effort Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo had amazing bounce back years. Both returned to the form they were in 2012, both looking like (and picked to be) All Stars. Under hitting coach Bill Mueller and his Continue reading Bill Mueller Resigns as Cubs Hitting Coach

Minor League Recap: Promotions, Demotions, and Short Season All-Stars

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It was a busy week in the minor league system, with a number of significant names making moves over the course of the week.  Jorge Soler was promoted to AAA Iowa after dominating AA, albeit over a short period of time.  Albert Almora was aggressively promoted to AA Tennessee after Continue reading Minor League Recap: Promotions, Demotions, and Short Season All-Stars

Manny Ramirez to Be a Cubs Coach in 2015?

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Take a minute to find a paper towel so that you can clean off your computer after spitting out whatever you were drinking when you read this headline. No, you did not miss an announcement from the Chicago Cubs, and no decision has been made about what to do with Continue reading Manny Ramirez to Be a Cubs Coach in 2015?

Minor League Recap: AAA All-Stars and Prospects Raking

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The AAA All-Stars were announced today, and the I-Cubs get four representatives… Alcantara, Hendricks, Parker, Wada named to PCL All-Star team: http://t.co/nDvYpqoSrX pic.twitter.com/0KugfqGmUX — Iowa Cubs (@IowaCubs) July 3, 2014 No real surprises in the group there.  And all of them have been quite good this season, so they are Continue reading Minor League Recap: AAA All-Stars and Prospects Raking

Minor League Recap: All-Star Selections and 1st Half Overviews

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After taking a break on the minor league recaps to focus a little more closely on the Rule 4 Draft last week, there is plenty of good news to catch up on over the last couple of weeks in the system.  Kris Bryant continues to defend his Southern League Player Continue reading Minor League Recap: All-Star Selections and 1st Half Overviews