akron rubber ducksThe NBA is back, which means the Bulls are back, which means Derrick Rose is back. My understanding is that he looked healthy, but did not play well. My understanding is also that I don’t much care for the NBA.

  • The Akron Aeros are the Cleveland Indians’ AA team, and, following the rich tradition of clever and crazy minor league team names, they are the Aeros no more. Now, partly honoring the Rubber City in which they’re found, and partly honoring awesomeness, the Akron club is known as the Rubber Ducks. Silly? Yes. But fun and just crazy enough to work? Absolutely. Minor league baseball is full of great and silly team names, and I have to confess that it’s kind of a bummer that the Cubs’ organization is mostly full of staid, classic monikers – the Cubs, the Hawks, the Cougars, the Cubs, the Smokies, and the Cubs. I actually like “Cubs” name, and “Smokies” is at least a little out there. But where are the Boise Potatoes already? How about the Kane County Haberdashers? What say you, folks? Thoughts on any new names for any of the Cubs’ affiliates?
  • (On that Rubber Ducks logo: I hope it’s intended to be at least a little ironic (the ferocity and the tire mark). Because, come on, you can’t make a rubber duck into a ferocious beast.)


  • When Kris Bryant reaches a league in which the wins and losses matter, and the pitchers are evaluated on the basis of their results as much as their raw stuff, he’s going to start getting walked at a perverse clip. Why do I say that? Because right now, in a league in which the wins and losses don’t really matter and the pitchers are not really being evaluated on the basis of their results, he his homering at a perverse clip. That is all to say that Bryant homered again yesterday for the Mesa Solar Sox, giving him 6 homers in just 50 AFL at bats. In 12% of his at bats, he’s homered. Forgetting the small sample size, because it is fun to do so, that would project to about 70 or so homers over the course of a full season.
  • That homer, by the way, was Bryant’s only hit of the day. Albert Almora went 1-4 with a walk, and Jorge Soler went 0-4 with a couple strikeouts. Lendy Castillo struggled with control, walking three in just 0.1 innings of work, while Matt Loosen continued to pitch well, striking out three in two scoreless, walkless innings.
  • And speaking of Bryant, Jonathan Mayo pegs him as the best third base prospect in baseball – yes, in front of Miguel Sano (Jim Callis takes Sano, as I think most prospectors probably will, but he calls it the “slightest of edges”).


  • The San Diego State baseball team won Halloween by playing a game in costumes.

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