The World Baseball Classic Is Down to Four Teams (VIDEOS)

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Now that the World Baseball Classic has finished its two rounds of round-robin play, we have four teams that have made it to the championship round.  On Monday, the four teams will play two semifinal games: Game 1: Netherlands vs. Puerto Rico (featuring Javier Baez) Game 2: USA vs. Japan Continue reading The World Baseball Classic Is Down to Four Teams (VIDEOS)

The Cubs’ Financial Flexibility

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While the Chicago Cubs continue tuning up for the regular season, when games actually count, I noted that the MLBTR folks had started talking about the free agents come next offseason.  MLBTR ranked the top ten impending free agents of that class, which is headlined by the Cubs’ own Jake Continue reading The Cubs’ Financial Flexibility

It’s OK to Have Fun In Baseball

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The Chicago Cubs are still in spring training, where most of the games are meaningless in so far as the results don’t matter so much as the process.  As long as nobody gets hurt and everyone gets their work in, it will all be okay come Opening Day. In other Continue reading It’s OK to Have Fun In Baseball

Javier Baez and the World Baseball Classic

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Sunday’s practice game might be the last time we see Javier Baez in Cactus League play this spring: We’re back in Surprise with @JLester34 on the bump. Listen live on @670TheScore and #Cubs.com. https://t.co/7I94muSNuk #SpringTraining pic.twitter.com/27vHiQlC9q — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 5, 2017 Javier Baez will join Team Puerto Rico Continue reading Javier Baez and the World Baseball Classic

The Appeal of the Cubs, and What MLB Can Do to Bring In New Fans

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Once upon a time, baseball was the national pastime, and everyone had a rollicking good time at the old ball park. I don’t actually think that has changed, if you look at baseball consumption over the past decade or so.  Baseball is rolling in the dough, packing the parks (especially Continue reading The Appeal of the Cubs, and What MLB Can Do to Bring In New Fans

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)

There Are No Guarantees In Baseball, But the Cubs Seem Like a Solid Bet

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We’re transitioning from the unbridled joy of the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 season-long Hollywood story, and pining more and more for spring training to begin already.  As currently constructed, the 2017 Cubs seem to be a match for just about any other team on paper, but while they are well-positioned to Continue reading There Are No Guarantees In Baseball, But the Cubs Seem Like a Solid Bet

Another Round of Discussion Regarding the Appeal of Baseball (UPDATE)

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You may have noticed the lack of big news items as we sit in the lull between the Super Bowl and baseball spring training.  This means that we are mostly grasping at straws to drive content (as are most other outlets), and a lot of that grasping has to do Continue reading Another Round of Discussion Regarding the Appeal of Baseball (UPDATE)

Giving Way To Spring

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I just realized that it’s been over two weeks since we’ve actually written anything.  It’s amazing how much time real life takes up as any free time that we might get is prioritized towards friends and family.  I guess the current events don’t really lend themselves to commentary on this Continue reading Giving Way To Spring

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Class

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Since the last time we talked about this, it’s been a few long weeks until Wednesday night’s announcement of the official 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot results.  Ryan Thibodaux has the current publicly-released ballots organized on his awesome HOF tracker.  We expect the results to be on the BBWAA Continue reading The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Class