Joe Maddon, Protecting Fielders, and the Evolution of Baseball

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My thoughts are a bit scattered as I sit here during the summer (it’s officially the summer solstice!), having applied to more work and hoping that someone hires me before our family’s medical insurance runs out.  In the meantime, the Chicago Cubs are trying to right the ship (for real Continue reading Joe Maddon, Protecting Fielders, and the Evolution of Baseball

Dreamcast 14: It’s Never Too Soon to Talk About the Trade Deadline!

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This week, after calling a truce due to conflicting sports loyalties, Rice talks with veteran baseball writer Justin McGuire (@JMcGuireMLB) about baseball (what else?) thanks to the peace offering of one Starlin Castro bobblehead… Why does the National League suck so much? Some thoughts on unwritten rules stemming from our Continue reading Dreamcast 14: It’s Never Too Soon to Talk About the Trade Deadline!

Baseball Isn’t Dying, But Might Be Growing

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Given the rising salaries, the humongous TV deals, and this little fact after last night:   TV RATINGS: Over 334K Chicago mrkt homes (9.6 rtg at 9p) were watching Jake Arrieta's #Cubs no-hitter on @CSNChicago pic.twitter.com/OhTLfclJX8 — Jeff Nuich (@JeffNuich) April 22, 2016 I guess we don’t have to worry Continue reading Baseball Isn’t Dying, But Might Be Growing

The Unwritten Rules Should be Rewritten, or Something Like That

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Once upon a time, the Neanderthal was used as a derogatory term to describe people who exhibited “caveman”-like qualities…you know, violent behavior, primitive social interaction, poor judgment, that whole thing.  That seems to be an insult to what evolutionary and fossil evidence suggested were a fairly intelligent and resourceful subspecies Continue reading The Unwritten Rules Should be Rewritten, or Something Like That

The Grudge Match Between Theo Epstein and Clark the Cub

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I don’t think Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein ever played professional baseball.  I know general manager Jed Hoyer played at some point in college, but as far as I could tell Theo was just a front office dude (from intern to assistant to GM to Prez).  Anyway, Continue reading The Grudge Match Between Theo Epstein and Clark the Cub