lou piniella sleepingI am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter (hash tag #BNBlogathon for those who want to jump into the fray themselves) – for 36 hours straight, until slightly past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. I’ll be doing recaps on the process throughout the day, but you’ll also see normal posting (Bullets, Series Preview, Pre-Gamin’, EBS), as well as an uptick in rumor/trade posts.

It’s the first update of the Blogathon, which necessarily means it’ll be a little thin. There isn’t a whole lot of action yet this morning, but there are 33 hours to go. Man, that’s a long time …

Total Posts So Far:

5.

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

Well, there wasn’t a “last recap,” but the latest has folks still discussing possible Jeff Samardzija trade returns.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

Yeah, I mean, once again, this’ll make more sense when there are more recaps.

Current Thoughts About the Chicago Cubs’ Trade Deadline Strategy/Execution:

It was probably the right move to jump the market on the pitching side, if for no other reason than a-bird-in-hand, and all that. The pieces you don’t feel like you have to move – the Russells, the Schierholtzes, the DeJesuses, the Villanuevas, etc. – you might as well take it right up to the deadline to see if anyone gets desperate. Otherwise, you keep them.





Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Only the milk in my bowl of cereal. I don’t want to start too early with the artificial energy. Plus, my Peanut Butter Crunch tasted all kinds of stale, and I’m not sure how much more I want to pour on top of that potential powder keg.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

I really hope the increased number of updates this year (due to the lengthened Blogathon) don’t sap me of creativity by Hour 24, such that the last four updates are awful and boring.



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