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Trade bait

Russell, Baez and Happ are one middle infielder too many, and it will be interesting to see which one will be considered expendable, perhaps in the next offseason (or the one following) or perhaps much sooner if we consider Theo’s urge in the heat of July to push his chips toward the middle of the […]

Angry (Red)Birds

Tough series with the Cardinals, but the Cubs were breaking in a new catcher, a new CF and two new relievers. The Cubs are in a strong position for the postseason this year, but they won’t stand pat. I don’t know if Concepcion and Patton are the answer to what is wrong with Richard and […]

What’s the next level for Schwarber?

He needs to be challenged.

Pitching Prospects 2015 (updated)

Here is an updated list, current through Monday, 8/10, of Cub pitching prospects ranked according to the formula K9-(H9+BB9). That’s strikeouts per nine innings minus the sum of hits-per-nine and walks-per-nine. Only two pitchers on the list–Carl Edwards, Jr., and David Berg–have strikeout totals that exceed the sum of hits allowed and walks surrendered. One […]

This new affiliate is abominable

The new Cub affiliate in the Northwest League this (short) season is the Eugene Emeralds. The team’s logo is not a gem, however. It’s actually Bigfoot– –with an emerald-green tinge. The team jersey features a curve-y letter E–with toes sticking up! Calling themselves the Eugene Bigfeet would be problematic. After all, you want your fans […]


In another venue, I made the observation that the vaunted Cub-Cardinal rivalry was not much of a rivalry from their point of view, that is, the view of the St. Louis team and its fans. After all, they have snagged eleven World Series titles since our most recent one in 1908. I was a bit […]

Confessions of a Cubby boomer

There are a lot of Americans my age. They’re called Baby Boomers. It was a post-World-War-II phenomenon, when our servicemen overseas came home, beat their swords into ploughshares, started an economic revival and produced babies. I was born in late 1948. We lived in Chicago on the south side, and I should have been a […]

Rooting for laundry

There must be something to uniform numbers, since Baseball Reference shows a sketch of the back of the jersey for every major-league team-and-number combo on every player’s page. Jon Lester looks good wearing #31 (that is, he looks like Jon Lester) and probably won’t recognize himself in the shirt he dons this afternoon at his […]

Group of fifteen

A select group of prospects has been working out and hanging out in the Chicago area this week as part of the Cubs’ Rookie Development Program. Here they are by position: Pitchers: Pierce Johnson, Kyle Hendricks, Neil Ramirez, Eric Jokisch, C.J. Edwards, Armando Rivero, Arodys Vizcaino Outfielders: Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Rubi Silva Infielders: Javier […]

Hitting Prospects 2013

This is a ranking system that considers a base that is stolen to be as valid a unit of offensive production as a base that is attained any other way. It takes the sum of total bases + walks + SBs, adjusts it slightly, and divides by games played to arrive at a score, according […]