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So, is the Bears’ offense really going to click this year, or are the Colts still just that bad?

  • Darwin Barney’s assault on the record books continues, as he broke Ryne Sandberg’s NL record for total consecutive errorless games at second base (123) this weekend, which Sandberg had set between 1989 and 1990. The next record that Barney can set is the MLB single season record for the same, which is 141 games by Placido Polanco in 2007. Barney is at 125.
  • The irony, of course, is that Barney honed his defensive craft in the minor leagues under the tutelage of the very same Ryne Sandberg. “He put a lot of extra time in with the work we did down there, and it’s paying off,” Barney said of Sandberg, per Paul Sullivan. “Definitely had a lot of time to get to know what kind of guy he is and how he goes about his business.”

  • Speaking of Sandberg, here’s a  little profile on Ryno, who is coaching with the Phillies this month after another successful AAA managerial season. It doesn’t sound like the Phillies are quite yet ready to move on from Charlie Manuel, so Sandberg – if he’s the heir apparent – will have to continue to wait for his big league shot.
  • Alfonso Soriano continues to hit, and he says he doesn’t feel like a 36-year-old. “I’m 36 years old, working, and I don’t feel like 36,” Soriano said. “I have my hands and my power and that’s more important. I want to prove to my teammates and people outside that I’m 36 but I don’t feel like I’m 36 and I can do a lot of things in this game.” If Soriano finishes strong, you’ve got to believe there will be a fair bit of interest in him in the offseason, with the money being the only hold-up in a trade.
  • Recently shut down starter Jeff Samardzija thinks the Cubs can be very good in 2013, regardless of what happens in the offseason. “The way I look at it is, you look at any professional sport and there are quick turnarounds, period,” Samardzija said. “Everybody here is a good player and the talent level here is closer than you think. You look at teams that have a ton of talent and they don’t have great years. You have to look at it in a positive way that if we get off to a hot start and our young guys are playing good and get some confidence, anything can happen, especially in these long seasons.” I love the optimism and the great attitude, but without significant changes in the offseason (which aren’t expected), it would take a miracle for this team to be competitive in 2013. But, hey, miracles happen all the time in sports. Look at the Orioles.

  • Cubs players wore NFL jerseys on their flight from Pittsburgh to Houston today. Half of them were wearing Steelers jerseys because they didn’t plan in advance, and had to buy what was available in Pittsburgh.
  • The MLBullets at BCB look at Stephen Strasburg’s slightly early shut down.

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