The Little Boy’s default angry state is “throw things.” Unfortunately for me, my face was in the way of his latest display of anger, and I took a building block to the nose. It still hurts, and I’ve got a nice mark. At least the kid can throw.
- Jed Hoyer said yesterday, per Patrick Mooney, that he doesn’t expect to see much turnover on the coaching staff now that Joe Maddon has been brought in as manager. When it comes to pitching coach Chris Bosio, it was already looking good when Bosio showed up for Maddon’s press conference, but Mooney adds that teams have not contacted the Cubs about talking to any of their coaches – i.e., the Twins haven’t reached out about Bosio – so it seems like, assuming the Cubs want to keep him, they’ll be able to. Presently, we know that the Cubs have an open quality assurance coach spot, but that’s it. We could probably take a guess that new hitting coach John Mallee, shifted assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske, and new first base/outfield coach Doug Dascenzo are among the safest names.
- Tom Verducci writes about the Joe Maddon hire, and about what the Cubs are getting.
- The Cubs’ new High-A affiliate, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, won the promotion of the year for a prostate awareness campaign that wound up involving the teams’s GM Andy Milovich receiving a prostate exam … while singing the seventh inning stretch. Minor league baseball, yo. It’s the best.
- A long write-up on Jose Abreu and the process of defection in the Tribune. Warning: just as it was with the Yasiel Puig story, reading it will make you feel a little uneasy about getting excited about “the next Cuban defector” and “yay baseball” and all that. It can be a very ugly thing.
- Moving the caretaker’s house (an historic element of Wrigley Field that I doubt the Cubs could have just blown up if they wanted to) yesterday may have been a pricey item:
- Eli Whiteside has reportedly signed a minor league deal with the Braves. He was with the Cubs last year. Did you remember?
- Free agent lefty Brett Anderson – the high-upside dice-roll I’d really like the Cubs to take this offseason – is having himself some fun on Twitter:
If I sign with the Cubs this offseason @BarstoolBigCat roommates?
— Brett Anderson (@BAnderson3737) November 8, 2014
- To add to the fun – but doesn’t necessarily mean anything – Anthony Rizzo just followed Anderson on Twitter.