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Usually, the morning after a bad day, you wake up feeling better than when you went to sleep. Not today, for me. Somehow I actually feel worse today than I did after yesterday’s double-tap of bad news. At least there’s a bevy of good prospect news coming, including a great piece from Sahadev Sharma on Mike Olt. Stay tuned on the prospect stuff …

  • If it’s not fun to look forward right now (well, other than that prospect stuff), how about looking backward? Paul Lukas writes about the full slate of throwback jerseys the Cubs will wear this season to commemorate Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary, together with pictures. The picture that follows was the display the Cubs had up at the Convention, featuring four of the throwbacks. My favorite? Other than the Chicago Federals jersey the Cubs will wear for the 100th anniversary game (not in that picture, but you can see it in Lukas’s article), I really like the 1942 home jersey in the upper left, complete with the historically-accurate (but NFL-logo-looking) “health” patch:

throwback jerseys

  • Sam Miller writes a fascinating piece about the incentives of tanking, and whether the Astros should be ashamed of what they’ve done. Obviously much of what is written could be written about the Cubs, who are in a similarly large market and are similarly stripping payroll (of course, not even remotely to the level the Astros have).
  • A deep profile on Ivy Leaguer – and pretty darn good pitcher – Kyle Hendricks.
  • Speaking of bad news, there’s bad news for the Cardinals! They have too many quality options for the rotation! What’s that, you say? That’s not bad news? Well, shit. FanGraphs looks at the Cardinals’ rotation “woes,” and my eyes start to well up. The Cardinals’ rotation options – like, good ones, not depth ones – go eight(!) deep: Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly, Jaime Garcia, Carlos Martinez, and Trevor Rosenthal.
  • Abe Froman

    Is it possible to buy any of the minor league Cubs affiliate jerseys? Can’t find anything with my Google machine. Looking for player specific not a generic jersey without a name.

    • twinkletoez

      Good question, I have been looking my self and unable to find anything.

    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

      I was pissed the Smokies were selling shirseys at the convention for 5 bucks. I really wanted a Kyle Hendricks and Javier Baez one!!!

    • CubFan Paul

      I was asked this yesterday. Now I want one too.

    • http://waittilnextyear.net NateCorbitt

      Try this for minor league jerseys.

      http://www.milbstore.com/store.cfm?dept_id=985

      • Abe Froman

        Thanks Nate I found that also but it only lists Daytona and there are no jerseys available.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          Keep an eye out during the season. Last season Boise and Tennessee both did jersey auctions for charity reasons, and the bids stayed fairly reasonable for athletic gear.

          I usually link back to those events in the Daily as they come up.

          Other than that, you might be able to call the team. Most of them sell jerseys in the gift shop in the stadium, but may not list them online. I suspect if you called, though, they might be able to take an order over the phone.

          • Abe Froman

            Thanks Luke. Nobody else call before I do, dibs.

  • itzscott

    We can’t bury our heads in the sand regarding how things (pretty predictably) shook out for the Cubs yesterday. Instead of facing the reality of the probabilities, we chose to pound sunshine up each other’s ass thereby setting ourselves up for the day after.

    So as someone once said to Dan Rather – “What’s the plan, Kenneth?” That should be the discussion of the day.

    A pox on the Cardinals!

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Frequency….

      • DocPeterWimsey

        (I don’t understand!)

      • itzscott

        Sorry…

        You’re right….

        “frequency”….

        my mistake :-(

    • Hee Seop Chode

      Isn’t that a hit song by REM from the 90s?

  • Diehardthefirst

    Cardinals have a winning tradition that has been maintained thru shrewed drafting and trading. Cubs had a winning tradition that was decimated thru poor drafting and trading. Time for a reversal of trends.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Um, the first bad draft after the Cubs’ winning tradition stopped took Cubs’ players to fight the Kaiser..

      • Diehardthefirst

        If Cubs had kept Lou Brock trend would’ve reversed during his playing days

        • itzscott

          and continued had they resigned Maddux.

          If we can only find where they put that Wayback machine.

          • Diehardthefirst

            Winning with Brock would’ve attracted good free agents tho Cubs had shot during Buckner Dawson Grace Wood years

            • DocPeterWimsey

              The Cubs almost never pursued free agents in those years. Players who were interested in the Cubs (due to their huge nationwide following from WGN, in large part) lamented that the Cubs never made them offers.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          No, they would have kept collapsing in September after the team was run into the ground by there iconoclastically in inconsistent playing schedule.

  • Edwin

    I hope Sahadev Sharma’s story is about how Olt had surgery and now has robot eyes.

    • CubFan Paul

      I bet you’re close.

    • OlderStyle

      Bionic, actually. I remember when 6 million dollars was an astronomical amount to spend on a man. Nowadays, it buys you three years of a mediocre bullpen arm.

  • Edwin

    I like the jersey on the top right.

    • college_of_coaches

      I agree. That’s the 1942 jersey that Brett was talking about. The 1929 jersey below it is also sweet.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I like that one, too, but I was talking about the one in the upper left.

        • CubbiesOHCubbies

          I must admit, something about the new alternate road jersey has me wanting to buy one. I can’t figure out why, but I thought it was sharp looking.

        • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

          The 78 road jersey (baby blue) is one of my favorites of all-time. Been wanting to get one of those forever!

        • college_of_coaches

          Sorry, got my directions mixed up.

        • abe

          Looks like we have the same tastes.. I would mind them putting that into the jersey rotation after this year.

  • Edwin

    Nice article about Hendricks.

  • NorthSideIrish

    Loving the BP prospect list this morning. The Baez write-up has four “elite”s, one
    plus-plus”, a Migual Cabrera comp, and the phrase “generational talent”.

    I may need to order the #Want shirt

    • Jason P

      Top-10 prospect lists always leave me wanting more. Especially in the Cubs system, where the top 8 are more or less set in stone.

    • hansman

      I so desperately want to believe this.

      • On The Farm

        What is the phrase? “Don’t let the fear of striking out prevent you from playing the game”?

        Just believe buddy, just believe.

  • abe

    Brett,

    Do the cubs have any pitchers in there system that can match up to any one of there pitchers?

    Atleast these guys are going to have to face Beaz, Braynt.. It’s going to be fun to watch. Lookin’ forward.

    • On The Farm

      No, the best pitchers the Cubs have are probably Pierce Johnson and CJ Edwards. Both of whom are predicted to start AA ball. I think the the consensus among scouts is that while Johnson is a solid prospect, he does not appear to be better than a mid-rotation candidate (#3 in the rotation). My best bet is that Johnson could be Michael Wacha’s equal, and not much more. I think Wacha’s dominance was a bit flukey, and while he is still solid (#3 guy) he is not an ace, he just got hot at the right time of year.

      Edwards is really skinny so scouts worry about his long term durability. Some folks have also said that his velocity tends to drop off as the games progresses. He has the best potential to be the Ace of the group. It’s a little early to render a verdict on him.

      The best MLB ready pitcher the Cubs have in the minors is Kyle Hendricks, but he will still need some seasoning at AAA this year. Hendricks makes his living using finesse and command to get batters out. I think his fastball sits in the low 90s. I think he will be a fine back end of the rotation guy. Someone who will make a really good career out of being able to throw 200 innings a year, hit his spots (i.e. not make mistakes and give up the long ball) and give his team a chance to win.

      There are a few more guys, but I am not sure they are worthy to talk about yet, especially in reference to your question if any of them match what the Cardinals have.

  • Jon

    I was talking about this with my friend the other day, let’s assume that in 2009, Jerry Reinsdorf, not the Ricketts agrees to buy the Cubs

    (Yes you have to make a lot of assumptions here, like Jerry not owning another baseball team, him agreeing to the ridiculous sales structure, etc)..

    Do you think Reinsdorf, owning the Cubs, would be in this position with the rooftops? Me personally, no. I think he would have the rooftop owners and the city on it’s knees making whatever concessions for them to stay.

    • mjhurdle

      I think Reinsdorf would be in the exact same contractual and political situation as Ricketts. Pretty sure the rooftops wouldn’t simply abandon their revenue stream because the name on the Cubs letterhead said Reinsdorf and not Ricketts.

      • Jon

        Even if Reinsdorf threatened with a relocation?

        • mjhurdle

          yep. Because i think that the city knows how much it would take to actually move the Cubs, both financially and fanbase/history wise.
          IMO, Reinsdorf would be doing just what the Ricketts are doing, which is exhaust every option first.
          Now, he may be more apt to move the club if things keep breaking down, but i think he would have gone as least far without legitimately threatening to move.

  • brainiac

    me love jerseys!!!

  • Big Daddy

    Here’s some news that will cheer everybody up. Ian Stewart signed a minor league deal with the Angels. Good bye Douche bag.

    • TWC

      Waitaminnit! I thought it was ONLY the Cubs who signed bullshit, scrapheap players to MiLB contracts! No?! My heavens, that does mess with some folks’ narratives.

  • Mr Gonzo

    I wonder if there will be any new, “special edition” throw-back hats (for sale) to go with these jerseys, or will the ones already available in the “Cooperstown” section of the Cubs Shop be it?

  • DarthHater

    Is it just me, or does the silhouette Cub with a tail look like it’s taking a dump? :-P

    • TWC

      Yeah, but there’s a little-bitty cardinal underneath the turd, so it’s okay.

  • TommyK

    Those are some pretty cool jersey’s no one’s going to see them wear.

    • TWC

      Except for the tens of thousands of people watching the game on TV and at the park, right?

      Oh! I get it! You were making a point about no one caring about the Cubs so no one will see them in their shiny new jerseys, right? Wow. Bravo. That’s some subtle snark right there, kid. Kinda like yesterday when you said that there was no reason to spend any time or money on the 2014 Cubs … as you continue to take the time out of your day to bitch about the Cubs.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I thought he was just being cute …

  • N.J. Riv

    Has anyone seen the Cubs new alternate road jersey? I dig it.[img]http://www.google.com/imgres?imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbssports.com%2Fmlb%2Feye-on-baseball%2F24412150%2Fphoto-cubs-new-alternate-road-jersey&tbnid=cl6edE1ILNqMuM:&docid=AhpWvId12QUL1M[/img]

  • N.J. Riv

    jersey

  • DrReiCow

    Aww, man.. Dartmouth College?! Boo Big Green! (or boo Keggy if you prefer)

    Moo.

  • Espy

    Speaking of “neutral” I was very happy to hear that Maddux is choosing to go into the HOF with a neutral cap. The Cubs not signing him after ’92 still stings, but this eases the pain a little bit.

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