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DFP: The Night They Drove Old Dixie 450 Feet In Coors Field

What? The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down was J. Baez’ only #1 hit. Tonight, another J. Baez is (hopefully) going to get his #1 hit as well. Did The Cubs Win? It’d be hard to say otherwise. Javier Baez is being called up today. For a measured take on expectations, look to Brett’s take […]

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Minor League Update: 7/29/14

Graduation! When I started the (now) Minor League Update, I chose the name Journeymen of Tomorrow because it seemed apropos. The vast, vast majority of players in the minor league system never make it to the big leagues. They are more likely to make it to shift manager at Home Depot… and that’s not a […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 7-25-14

New Orleans Zephyrs 2 @ Iowa Cubs 11 Stargazing Javier Baez: 2-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO Kris Bryant: 1-4, 2 R, SO Jorge Soler: 1-3, R, 2 BB, SO Rafael Lopez: 1-4, 2 RBI Has-Beens Matt Szczur: 1-5, R, 2 SO Brett Jackson: 1-4, BB, 2 SO Mike Olt: 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, […]

Cubs 3, Padres 8 (7/24/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Tsuyoshi lays an egg, and the Cubs bats (with Luis excepted) fall mostly silent. Three Up 1. Luis Valbuena hit a 3-run HR, which provided the entirety of the Cubs’ scoring. In the best case scenario, Valbuena is a super-DeRosa in 2015, and even if he starts, you don’t feel […]

Cubs 6, Padres 0 (7/23/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: (one of the) 24-year olds homered twice, and the 22-year old homered once. Three Up 1. Anthony Rizzo now leads the NL in HR, and he is sneaking up on the ML lead. I thought Rizzo’s peak was a .250/.350/.500 guy, and he’s at .283/.385/.539 right now. Just enjoy the […]

Why you shouldn’t care that Jeter started the ASG

Today is another day without any baseball. Thanks, Obama! To fill the void, many backseat fans decided to bag on Jeter getting the starting nod in the All-Star Game (it need not be said that fans voted Jeter to start the ASG). The prime argument is that “the games matter!” I’m here to show you how […]

The Burdette (and the mini-Lew)

Since today is a day with absolutely no baseball, I thought it’d be cool to propose a new statistic – or, rather an updated take on a relatively new one. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Maddux. Invented in 2012 by Jason Lukehart, the criteria for a Maddux is simple: Throw a complete game in under […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 7-15-14

Jacksonville Suns 6 @ Tennessee Smokies 5 Stargazing Stephen Bruno doubled, but that’s all he did. Addison Russell doubled as well, but mixed in a walk for good measure (and neither struck out). Jorge Soler fanned twice and went hitless. Christian Villaneuva doubled twice and walked. Other Performances of Note Pin-Chieh Chen: 2-5, SO Charles […]

OV “Daily” Facepalm 7-14-14

Since Brett is sick, with no Bullets for the first time in probably 50 years, it’s time to capitalize and steal some market share. I kid. Javier Baez went way deep in the futures game. Best part of that video is his playful jawing with Bryant as he rounds third. Hopefully his recent hot streak […]

Cubs 6, Reds 4

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Hendricks had an uneven first start (strike the 1st, it was very very good), but Alcantara played himself onto the team!!! Three Up 1. Arismendy Alcantara went 4-5 with 2 singles, 2B, 3B. He had an extremely good game, and afterwards, it was announced that he’s not going down right […]

Reds 4, Cubs 1

Did the Cubs Win? OSS: Alcantara has an acceptable debut, but Cubs bats (besides Rizzo) fall silent. Three Up 1. Anthony Rizzo went 2-3, HR, BB. He now leads the Final Vote, and he really should win. He might be the best 1B in baseball this year. Pretty incredible what a difference in luck can […]

Cubs Top 3 Prospects, by Position

This is perhaps a fool’s errand. It’s hard to forecast where each player could play in the majors. To make this easier, I’m going with the OPTIMUM realistic projection of a player’s position (with one exception – Arismendy Alcantara, would be 3rd among SS but will almost certainly never play SS for the Cubs). I’ll […]

Your chance to be Robin Williams

Last year, Brett of Bleacher Nation did a great thing. He blogged for 36 straight hours in the name of charity, all in the name of a pledge drive to Make-A-Wish Illinois. All told, he raised $12,451, all on the backs of kind Cubs fans everywhere. To put that into perspective, that would buy 458 […]

Cubs Top 10 Prospects

Now that the draft is over and the IFA period is about to begin (July 2), I thought this would be a good time to revisit the Cubs Top 10. The Cubs will almost certainly augment this list with the Samardzija/Hammel trades, and those could happen anytime after Wednesday (which is when the dam breaks). […]

Let’s trade Samardzija to a bunch of teams

It’s apparent that the Cubs are trading Shark, and probably relatively soon. It definitely won’t be before July 2 (when IFA slots are available to be traded and the hot stove finally warms up), but it could be any time after that. I thought it’d be neat to look at the prospects that the Cubs […]

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