This cold front coincided quite frustratingly with the last leaves falling off of the trees, which means I’ve got a yard full of leaves frosted to the grass. I mentioned before how much I hate raking leaves, so I guess this is my punishment for complaining.
- The Japan All-Star Series is not going so well for MLB. When the roster is a mix of legit quality players and more average types, you can’t expect to just walk over to Japan and beat the best of the best there (also: you can’t expect to walk to Japan at all, because ocean). So it has been, as the Japanese national team has won the first three games of the series, and just no-hit the MLB team. It’s a five-game series, so Japan has already won. But they’ll play the two remaining games, and the MLB squad will try to salvage some dignity. The Japanese team, by contrast, will try to pull off the sweep.
- Tsuyoshi Wada pitched in Game 2, by the way, pitching 1.2 innings, allowing a couple earned runs on two hits (one homer) and one walk, and striking out one.
- To add injury to insult, and only underscore why the top MLB players tend not to go to these things:
Source: Robinson Cano has a non-displaced fracture of his right pinkie toe and will not play in the remainder of the Japan All-Star Series.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) November 15, 2014
- Paul Sullivan writes a fun piece on Carlos Zambrano wanting to continue his playing career … as a DH. One interesting bit that we already believed to be true, but is now confirmed: Zambrano has not been invited to attend the Cubs Convention in his post-Cubs days because of the way he left the team (after an August 2011 game in Atlanta, telling folks he was retiring – he was later traded).
- The pace of play initiatives in the Arizona Fall League this year appear to have been met with mixed reviews from players and managers there, but MLB seems still to be on board with making some changes (Tribune). To me, the pitch clock may be the biggest one, but, unsurprisingly, it’s the change being met with the most resistance from players.
- Joe Maddon did a couple radio interviews this week, which you can check out here. Of particular interest, when speaking on the Kap and Haugh show, Maddon mentioned how much he’s looking forward to being involved in the free agent process, and reaching out to the guys the Cubs are most interested in. It can’t hurt to have a guy like that doing some recruiting for you.
- In the piece on Anthony Rizzo winning the Branch Rickey Award, Rizzo has some comments on the attention the Cubs are getting, how many folks will be behind them when they start winning, and how they have to grow as such a young team. Good stuff.
- On the Marlins’ coming massive extension for Giancarlo Stanton:
Hope Giancarlo thanks Miami-Dade County taxpayers, who are paying $2.4 billion over 40 years, to repay $409M in bonds for Marlins Park.
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) November 14, 2014