I’m going to head to Chicago tomorrow to observe this year’s “On Deck” season ticket holder event, which I expect to generally be of a pump-you-up nature, but last year’s iteration actually did provide quite a bit of interesting information. From there, I’m hoping to take in Saturday morning’s Wrigley renovation groundbreaking ceremony one way or another. So hopefully I’ll have some good stuff for you in the coming days.
Well, that is to say, some more good stuff, because there will be plenty around here, in any case.
- Mark Gonzales writes about the Cubs’ catching prospect depth, which is actually now a thing, just one year after it was looking grim. The question now is whether at least a couple from the Schwarber/Zagunis/Caratini/Amaya/Hankins/Remillard/Contreras group can emerge as big-league-caliber back-stops in the next two years. Among the prospect-y types, the Cubs likely don’t have a guy that, right now, you could peg as clearly having big league receiving skills in his near-term future. But you hope that with enough bullets in the chamber, one or two will hit. Moreover, all else equal, you hope that Schwarber and his huge bat would be the one to stick.
- Noted in Gonzales’s piece, catching prospect Victor Caratini will be playing winter ball in Puerto Rico.
- Carrie Muskat mentions some possible names for the Cubs’ open hitting coach gig(s), and, among the new names: Kevin Long, the Yankees’ hitting coach, and Scott Coolbaugh, a Rangers hitting instructor.
- It sounds like the Dodgers really could be ready to shake things up (after winning 94 games, but doing so with a $235 million payroll and losing in the first round of the playoffs), with Ned Colletti reportedly not a lock to return. Colletti has Chicago (and Chicago Cubs) roots, so if something does happen and then he decides to take a lesser role in another front office, you wonder if he might check in with the Cubs.
- The LCS TV schedules are out:
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) October 8, 2014
- Forbes’ Maury Brown takes on the “baseball is dying” myth, which has been done successfully before, but also takes on the “younger fan” problem – and suggests maybe it’s not as big of a problem as some think.
- The pace-of-play experiments going on in the Arizona Fall League appear to be having an impact already.
- Just for fun:
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) October 9, 2014
- If you missed the latest from BNTV, it’s a video on Arismendy Alcantara’s debut with the Cubs this year, and how some things trended in the wrong direction as the league adjusted (subscribe to the BNTV page on YouTube and you’ll be the first notified of new videos):