We’ll have some rumor-y bits later this morning, but, for now, Bullets …

  • On the Rob Deer hiring (as assistant hitting coach), Bruce Miles found an older Hardball Times interview in which Deer talks about the .220 batting average/tons of strikeouts thing that folks are giving the Cubs hell about: “I answer that a lot,” responded Deer, who was minor-league hitting coordinator for the Padres at the time. “I don’t teach the way I hit. I understand how to hit .300. I know what it takes. We tell the guys to be selectively aggressive. We want that to be their approach. We tell them ‘Be patiently aggressive.’ That’s our motto. What does it mean? If you get a good pitch to hit and you take it, that’s your fault. We don’t ever want to take aggressiveness away. But, we don’t want to swing at bat pitches, either. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t want them to hit like I did.” To that I’d say good, that’s what I expected. I’d also say, “Don’t go too far, Rob: it’d be nice to have a bunch of .300 hitters who ALSO had your discipline and power, but, focus on the latter if that’s where your natural mojo is.”
  • Carrie Muskat does the mailbox thing, and says, among other things, the Cubs won’t be trading Darwin Barney, they’ll add at the deadline if they’re in competition in 2013, and the Spring Training schedule could be out this week.


  • Former Cub, and long-time farmhand, Bobby Scales is the new Director of Player Development with the Angels. Good for Bobby. I always heard that he was going to have a long career in baseball after his playing days were over, so there you go.
  • You can participate in a Twitter chat with Pat Hughes today, starting at noon CT.
  • Kerry Wood wrote a column for the Sun-Times about this being the season for giving back, and talking about various charity efforts (in which you can participate).
  • John Sickels solicits input on the Cubs’ organization.
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