Hooray, it’s Spring forward! If there’s one thing parents of a newborn need, it’s less sleep!
- Add Chicago Cubs GM Jed Hoyer to the (tongue-in-cheek, completely-speculative) list of Cubs personnel who read Bleacher Nation. At the SABR Analytics conference, Hoyer, who was a presenter, apparently noted that he reads Cubs “fan blogs,” and said he respects fan information and analysis on the web (h/t Wendy Thurm for the tweets). I can only assume that BN falls under the banner of “fan blogs,” which leads me to assume that Hoyer is wearing a BN shirt right now and posting about Tony Campana on the BN Facebook page.
- Dale Sveum remains impressed by what he’s seen from Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, but each will be sent to minor league camp soon, likely after next weekend’s set of split squad games. Sveum added that he doesn’t think a September call-up is probable for either player. I would agree based on experience in the system and age and all that … but Soler’s already on the 40-man roster. Sure, there are minor service time considerations in calling him up, but I’d think that downside would be offset by the upside in getting him some risk-free big league experience. He’s still adjusting to being in the States and being in professional baseball. I could see a situation arising where he’s shown he’s probably going to be ready at some point in 2014, and the Cubs want to start exposing him to the bigs in September.
- You may think the World Baseball Classic is not a big deal, and, indeed, in the United States it’s treated by many as an annoyance more than anything else. But around the world? It’s huge. The Japan/Brazil game last week was watched in more than one in every three homes in Japan. Wrap your head around that. Bud Selig would, eventually, like to see a U.S./Japan World Series.
- Anthony Rizzo is pretty excited to be a part of the WBC, and part of a surprising Team Italy run that has them headed to the next round in Miami. Italy lost to the US Team last night, but, still, it’s been a great showing for a team not expected to win a single game.
- In a far more important tournament update, the CUBS BUNT TOURNEY final four is set: David DeJesus versus Edwin Maysonet on the positional side, and Edwin Jackson versus Nate Halm (the video dude) on the pitcher side. DeJesus is the reigning champ, but the video dude is The Video Dude. Viva The Video Dude.