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2014 MLB Draft: Jeff Hoffman and Pitching at the Top

It’s a little early for MLB draft talk, but given the lack of activity by the Cubs this offseason, it figures be a prominent discussion point again in 2014. The Cubs have the fourth overall pick, and the early buzz around the top of the draft is pitching. Last year, for example, at the Perfect […]

2014 Assume the Position: C

It's the second annual (holy shit, I've been blogging over a year) installment of Assume the Position! I don't plan on making many changes since last year, though I imagine I'll have to edit these a bit as the last few signings or so trickle in. The one thing I will do is just remove the […]

Masahiro Tanaka, Wlad Balentien, and Japan’s "Juiced" Ball

In 2013, former Mariner Wladimir Balentien broke Sadaharu Oh’s 49-year old single-season homerun record in Japan, hitting 60 homers over the course of a 144-game schedule.  The story trickled out to US news services with an asterisk firmly attached. The narrative went something like this: yes, he broke the record, but only because the ball […]

Yenier Bello Stats

There have been a number of Cuban defectors since I last checked in with a profile. I hope to get to each of them in time. Despite the Cub front office’s determination to do as little as possible this offseason, I do think there’s a good chance they make a run at one or more of […]

Ways the Cubs could contend in 2014

Pitchers and catchers report in just 17 days. That's not a long time. Frankly, this has been the worst offseason I can ever remember for the Cubs, so I'm ready to watch the 2014 Cubs win 71 games and be eliminated from playoff contention in late May… or am I? Here are some things that […]

Cubs put 7 in mlb.com Top 100 prospects

The Cubs were 3rd in "prospect points," according to mlb.com. 1st was the Astros, 2nd was the Red Sox. How good do you feel? Javier Baez – 7 (No. 2 SS) Kris Bryant – 9 (No. 2 3B) Albert Almora – 18 (No. 4 OF) C.J. Edwards – 42 (No. 20 P) Jorge Soler – […]

Why I Don't Support the Wrigleyville Rooftop Owners

Yesterday, I posted on my FB page and on Twitter my first gut reaction to the latest twist in the Cubs v. Rooftops saga that began a long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away (or it just seems that way): If you go to a rooftop across from Wrigley, or buy a drink […]

Myles' Top Ten Prospects

This will be short and sweet. You've got plenty of different places to find a more thorough treatment. I'll link here for the description of what the rankings mean. 1. Javier Baez – 70 (9.5F) Baez is the clear top prospect according to every other scouting service. The comps are starting to get a little out of […]

BP's top 10 Cubs prospects + consensus Top 14 prospects

The BP list came out, and it's a great read. Here it is, but a sub is required. I recommend getting a subscription; it really is great work. I won't share any of the bits besides the Top 10 list: 1. Baez 2. Bryant 3. Almora 4. Soler 5. Edwards 6. Alcantara 7. Johnson 8. […]

Ugh. I'm Jealous of the White Sox

Kenny Williams built his baseball team the wrong way. Baseball writers over the generations have settled upon the “right way” to play baseball. While the criteria have been known to fluctuate depending on whether the player in question gives a good interview, generally speaking the “right way” involves hustling, hitting for average, playing hurt, and […]

Cubs Lose Out on Tanaka

The Cubs’ primary free agent target of the offseason is now off the table. Masahiro Tanaka agreed to terms with the Yankees today on a 7 year/ $155 million deal. Ken Rosenthal broke

Cubs' Steamer Projections

While we wait for Tanaka to make a decision between choosing the Yankees today, or choosing the Yankees tomorrow, I took a look at how our offense performed relative to the league at each prediction. I then looked at who was projected to get the bulk of the starts at each position, and compared their […]

Nuts on Clark? and other randomness

  Tim doesn't really like Clark. He's not alone. I like the move, but that's me. I like the thought of appealing to kids because they're too young to know any better than to cheer for the Cubs. The rest of us have no excuse. The Cubs have no excuse not to spend more money […]

Cubs Convention (AKA The Absolute High Point of the 2014 Season) This Weekend

Cubs fans will come from near and far to the Sheraton downtown to stand in ridiculously long autograph lines, pack ballrooms to catch a glimpse of former Cubs middle-relievers, and ask really stupid questions when given the opportunity. It's the Cubs Convention! Typically, I've broken down the various sessions and made little jokes, but I'm not […]

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