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Ridiculously Expanded Instant Replay is Almost Certainly Coming to MLB in 2014

Ridiculously Expanded Instant Replay is Almost Certainly Coming to MLB in 2014

It still needs formal approval in November, but that is widely expected. Get ready for “challenges.”

by August 15, 2013 MLB News and Rumors
Checking In On the Standings, and Discussing Protected Picks

Checking In On the Standings, and Discussing Protected Picks

The Cubs are currently tied for the fourth worst record in baseball.

by August 15, 2013 Analysis and Commentary
BN Podcast Episode 37: Prospect Promotions, Length of Games, Babies and BBs

BN Podcast Episode 37: Prospect Promotions, Length of Games, Babies and BBs

Where might we see which prospects when? Did that make sense?

by August 15, 2013 Podcasts
Jake Arrieta Joins the Rotation – Are There Any Service Time Implications Here? (UPDATE)

Jake Arrieta Joins the Rotation – Are There Any Service Time Implications Here? (UPDATE)

The hard-throwing righty will get something of an extended audition with the Cubs.

Kris Bryant and the Possibility of Third Base for the Cubs in 2014 and Other Bullets

Kris Bryant and the Possibility of Third Base for the Cubs in 2014 and Other Bullets

Is it realistic to think Bryant could break camp with the Cubs next year? I really don’t think so.

Cubs Minor League Daily: Stealing Home

Cubs Minor League Daily: Stealing Home

A top prospect pulls off the feat. Also, a craft beer festival at Kane County.

by August 15, 2013 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Enhanced Box Score: Reds 5, Cubs 0 – August 14, 2013

Enhanced Box Score: Reds 5, Cubs 0 – August 14, 2013

Another shutout at home. That’s a sweep for the Reds.

by August 14, 2013 Enhanced Box Scores
Pre-Gamin’: Reds v. Cubs (1:20 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc. (Plus Jake Arrieta Returns)

Pre-Gamin’: Reds v. Cubs (1:20 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc. (Plus Jake Arrieta Returns)

Chris Rusin tries to keep his good season rolling, and the Cubs look to avoid the sweep.

by August 14, 2013 Pre-Gamin'
Theo Epstein Confirms the Cubs’ International Spending Approach, Discusses Free Agent Spending

Theo Epstein Confirms the Cubs’ International Spending Approach, Discusses Free Agent Spending

The Cubs spent a lot internationally, but haven’t spent much on payroll. Are those things really all that related?

by August 14, 2013 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
God’s Wrath Watch: Jacob Hannemann Has Tear in Elbow (UPDATE: Also Josh Vitters)

God’s Wrath Watch: Jacob Hannemann Has Tear in Elbow (UPDATE: Also Josh Vitters)

Fortunately it is his non-throwing elbow, and it will not require surgery.

God’s Wrath Watch: Jorge Soler Not Expected Back This Minor League Season

God’s Wrath Watch: Jorge Soler Not Expected Back This Minor League Season

There are only a few weeks left, so it’s not a huge surprise. Soler could still play in the Fall.

by August 14, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
Preparing for September Roster Expansion and Other Bullets

Preparing for September Roster Expansion and Other Bullets

The Cubs will soon discuss who’s coming up, but there might not be a ton to discuss.

Cubs Minor League Daily: Power Surge

Cubs Minor League Daily: Power Surge

Kris Bryant and Dan Vogelback arrived in Daytona yesterday, and immediately did what they do.

by August 14, 2013 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Enhanced Box Score: Reds 6, Cubs 4 – August 13, 2013

Enhanced Box Score: Reds 6, Cubs 4 – August 13, 2013

A few homers and a generally nice game by the bullpen weren’t enough.

by August 14, 2013 Enhanced Box Scores
Pre-Gamin’: Reds v. Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc.

Pre-Gamin’: Reds v. Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc.

Jeff Samardzija could use a bounce-back game. Also, Junior Lake back in center field.

by August 13, 2013 Pre-Gamin'
Around the League: Non-Trade, Waiver Games, Social Fun, Absurd Defense, and More

Around the League: Non-Trade, Waiver Games, Social Fun, Absurd Defense, and More

Interesting bits from around baseball.

by August 13, 2013 MLB News and Rumors
BN’ers Keep Wearing Their Shirts Around the World, and It’s Awesome (Also: Special Offer)

BN’ers Keep Wearing Their Shirts Around the World, and It’s Awesome (Also: Special Offer)

BN shirts in Denver, New York, Sweden … and there’s free shipping if you want to get in on it.

by August 13, 2013 Meta
A Look at Homegrown Rosters Around Baseball is Unkind to the Cubs

A Look at Homegrown Rosters Around Baseball is Unkind to the Cubs

Many teams look fantastic, and fascinating. The Cubs are not one of those teams.

by August 13, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
A Necessary Follow-Up: Well, What About Junior Lake in Center Field?

A Necessary Follow-Up: Well, What About Junior Lake in Center Field?

Yesterday’s discussion focused on Lake as a left fielder, but last night he started in center. How does that change things?

by August 13, 2013 Analysis and Commentary
Dan Vogelbach Also Headed to Daytona and Other Bullets

Dan Vogelbach Also Headed to Daytona and Other Bullets

He’s joining Kris Bryant for the stretch run. It’s a prospect-heavy set of Bullets today …

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