I like to write about the Chicago Cubs. I like to read about the Chicago Cubs. I like to discuss the Chicago Cubs with folks here in the comments, on Twitter, and on Facebook. You know what I don’t like to do? Manage the server for a web site. I have no background in anything “web,” so everything I do behind the scenes here takes me 10 times as long as it would take someone who has, like, studied this stuff. In case you wonder why I didn’t comment, tweet, or post anything after 5pm yesterday, that’s pretty much why. Grumble.
- Marlins President David Samson says the Fish are “aggressively negotiating” a contract with Yoenis Cespdes, but Samson doesn’t know if the Marlins will be able to get him to Miami for a visit or will ultimately be the high bidder. Cespedes is still awaiting approval from the US Government to come to the States, but he continues to entertain offers in the interim. Kevin Goldstein recently noted that the Orioles have been more involved on Cespedes than previously thought.
- Speaking of the Marlins, that thing you see to the right? That’s a giant, mechanized sculpture at the new ballpark in Miami that will activate when a Marlins player hits a homer. I’ve made fun of all the Marlin changes, but now I’m on board. This is so over-the-top and intentionally kitschy that I can’t do anything but love it. I’m genuinely into what they’re doing. Oh, and there are hugh fishtanks behind home plate. MOAR RIDICULOUSNESS!
- Jim Hendry is “refreshed” after his time off from the game, and looks forward to giving his best to the Yankees.
- The same article notes that the Cubs have added minor league reliever Esmailin Caridad to their list of non-roster invitees to Spring Training. Caridad, 28, was briefly successful at the end of the 2009 season, and was actually expected to be one of the team’s primary setup men in 2010. A couple disastrous outings and a forearm injury later, and Caridad was derostered and left to toil away in the minors.
- The Dodgers signed reliever Todd Coffey to a one-year, $1.3 million deal yesterday. The Cubs had reportedly been interested in the 31-year-old righty, but that’s probably a hair more than they were willing to guarantee to a guy they didn’t really need (and would be signing mostly to try and trade him mid-season – then again, maybe Coffey knew that part, and preferred to go to the Dodgers anyway).
- The Red Sox have hired former long-time Cubs scout Gary Hughes, who was a Jim Hendry stalwart. Please don’t make a Theo compensation joke.
- A look back at Buck O’Neil’s time with the Cubs as the first black coach in MLB.
- An interesting read on the Cubs’ 2011 fifth round pick, pitcher Tayler Scott, who’ll be coming to minor league Spring Training this year … from his native South Africa. Unsurprisingly, the 19-year-old didn’t start playing baseball until recently, so his development will be interesting to watch.
- Former Cubs manager Mike Quade offers media advice to first-time manager Robin Ventura, who will be at the helm across town this season. In short: the Chicago media isn’t cutthroat, but is voluminous. Dealing with them is a daily grind, he says. That sounds about right.