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ricky renteria speaksThe Little Boy is under the weather, so he’ll be home with me today. Parental Posting Ability is in effect. Fortunately, The Wife was able to delay her day just long enough to stay with him while I did my morning interview on Good Day Chicago. If you missed it, you should be able to scroll back in this live feed to about 6:39am CT to see the spot. Just know: if I could have seen myself, I would have smiled more, and I would have tilted my computer down just a touch. Otherwise, I thought it went quite well – those folks are pros.

  • Yesterday, Starlin Castro botched a tailor-made double play at second base when he simply missed the ball, loading the bases with one out. Carlos Villanueva could have stewed about it, but he got out of the inning, and it sounds like he used it as an opportunity to be positive with Castro (Cubs.com). That Stache is quite the leader. Oh, and as Villanueva adds in that recap, “[Ricky Renteria] is a big hugger.” You knew he would be, didn’t you?
  • Speaking of Castro, it sounds like the move down to 6th in the order, which is not necessarily a regular or permanent thing, went over well with the young shortstop (Cubs.com). Ricky Renteria didn’t speak with Castro before the move, but it sounds like it was because he knew Castro would be fine with it. Lineup issues vis a vis Castro were something of a rumored issue with Dale Sveum at the helm, so you’d like to see it never even come up with RR. So far, so good.
  • Tony Andracki writes about dominant (so far) reliever Justin Grimm, who does still have his eyes set on starting, long-term. I have no issue with transitioning a guy to the big league rotation by way of the big league bullpen – it’s a different role and different approach, but you still have to learn how to get out the best hitters in baseball. A number of organizations have had great success with that kind of development path (which is not to say that this is definitely what’s happening with Grimm – it is just to say that he’s not necessarily locked into the bullpen long-term just because he’s there now). The only caveat I’d throw in is that it’s tough to go from relieving one year to starting the next, because of the expected dramatic innings jump. If Grimm throws just 60 or so innings in relief this year, it’s hard to go much beyond 140 or so as a starter next year. Jeff Samardzija went from 88 in 2011 to 174.1 in 2012, but he’s fairly exceptional in a number of ways. I like the idea of Grimm as a starter in the future, though, so this is something to keep an eye on.
  • Sahadev Sharma on Ryan Kalish’s great day.
  • To the surprise of no one who thinks and considers things for more than 10 seconds, the free parking lot and shuttle the Cubs offered this weekend went along without issue (DNAInfo), despite the fears of folks in the area. Chicago politics in a nutshell, there in some quotes from the alderman in whose ward the parking lot sits, and who notes that the Cubs will have now go through some legal review process about the propriety of using that remote lot. You know, the remote lot that the City of Chicago demanded they establish.
  • Darnell McDonald, whose absence from the AAA Iowa roster led to a few questions, has retired, according to an announcement he posted to Instagram. It’s the future, baby.
  • I don’t know what the opposite of prospect porn is, but this is probably it. Thankfully it’s not a Cubs prospect, but you still feel bad for the guy and for Pirates fans – because this can seemingly happen to anyone at any time:

And an opportunity to add something fun that I threw up there on the BN Facebook page, thus giving you an opportunity to “like” BN easily:

  • Fishin Phil

    Best wishes to Darnell McDonald in his future endeavors. Thanks for retiring!!

    • Funn Dave

      Haha, harsh.

  • Edwin

    6th seems like a decent spot to keep Castro. Probably a better spot for him long term anyways.

  • CubChymyst

    Watched the interview, and from a perspective of someone with no experience doing that type of thing, it went well.

  • CubFan Paul

    “Can you wrap all of this up in 30secs, on the Cubs and tell us where they’re going?”

    No. Bye.

  • jh03

    Thought that interview was really solid. I wish more TV personalities were as reasoned as Brett was there. I might actually watch sports TV then.

  • ssckelley

    This hurts the Pirates, a small market team that needs to keep developing young players in order to sustain success. Taillon was a #2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, just another reason why I hope the Cubs keep the trend of acquiring the top position player even with pitchers dominating this summers draft.

    • CubChymyst

      I’m not sure about the trend to continue to draft position players over pitchers in the draft. I say stick with the BPA strategy. I think this is a stronger reason to extend Samardjiza though. He has already proven himself as a durable pitcher who can be extremely effective at times. The only question is when does the FO think Samardjiza will be competitive when the Cubs as a team are competitive.

  • Lou Brown

    I am really rooting for Kalish. What a great story, and if the Cubs can net a solid outfielder in the process, an even better story.

  • Isaac

    Brett, you sounded good. Well done.

    • ced landrum

      I agree you did sound really good Brett.

  • Indy57

    Nice job Brett. It is nice to hear someone presented to fans via the media who actually knows what he is talking about. The guys at the Sun Times seem to have latched onto the “Ricketts are Cheap” theme and it must be helping them sell ad space. Paul Sullivan should stop writing about sports and go work for Second City since he seems to think he’s amusing. Rosenbloom…well, he’s a curmudgeon without a clue.

    All of these guys clearly have the resources with in their respective news organizations to put together an intelligent piece on the Cubs finances. They also should be smart enough to look at what the industry is saying about the system the Cubs are building. However, they continue to “sling” their slop to the masses and have generally added to the dissatisfaction of fans only for the additional gold they will garner for their respective “news” organizations. Thanks for doing the work they should be doing and thanks for giving all of us a place to voice our satisfaction or dissatisfaction.

  • BJones6

    Is it time to have a more stable lineup, at least for a few days in a row? I would think it would be difficult for some of these players to get things rolling without playing consistently.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    Thanks for the kind words, folks. I was feeling the nerves for the first minute or so – glad to hear it went all right.

    And dear producers of the world: I’m always available.

    • CubFan Paul

      Someone should tell them Shark isn’t a free agent after 2014.

    • ssckelley

      Did you have one of these faces?

      [img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_isUvlzkZPIQ/S-KN73T1RVI/AAAAAAAAGRc/JOApGURt_bM/s1600/AndyKaufmanMedium.jpg[/img]

  • abe

    How long into the show are you on?

  • cub4life

    Just read that the Cubs released Mitch Maier as well.

    Is Casey Colmen hurt? Just saw on the Iowa page that he was sent to Boise?

    • ssckelley

      Casey Coleman is no longer a Cub, he was sent to Arizona and basically asked to be released is how I understand it.

      • Fishin Phil

        Another case of “Good Luck, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

      • cub4life

        ok, thanks.

  • Big City Mick

    Brett, awesome job and, as always, your takes are spot on. I’m interested to hear what you have to say about the latest blurb on the Cubs possibly taking on minority owners.

  • candyland07

    Roster dancing that was good line. I thought you sounded and looked great Although you and I disagree on many things, your dedication and hard work is appreciated and I do hope you continue to receive the recognition you deserve

  • Funn Dave

    Haha great pic.

  • Tommy

    Nice job on the interview, Brett. You almost sounded like you knew what you were talking about! ;)

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That’s the aim!

      • Edwin

        Now if only that coudl trickle down into your writing…

  • Picklenose

    Sports Illustrated just released its first power rankings for MLB. Cubs were dead last. *sigh*

    • cubfanincardinalland

      Would you willing to bet the writers even watched the cubs play any of the first 6 games?

      • Picklenose

        Nope

  • cubfanincardinalland

    I love the quote of the lady who lives next to the parking lot. “These people are going to be out here 63 more days.” Boy, is she going to be pissed off when she hears they play 81 home games.

    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

      As much as I like to pick on residents who complain at neighborhood meetings, the parking lot is only open for night and weekend games so she might have the number correct

      • cubfanincardinalland

        I did not know that, my apologies to the lady. Now quit bitching ma’am.

        • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

          Haha no worries. I will say this, I drove by the parking lot at like noon ish on Saturday, which is probably about peak time for that lot given a 1:20 first pitch. There was not really any extra traffic and they had four people out there directing traffic.

          I saw a perfect tweet about this when the story first came out (I forget who it was, Sahadev or Harry Pavlidis maybe) and it was something like this, “The people who attend these meetings are the same people who will complain about a neighborhood flower garden by saying it will attract more bees to the area.”

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