Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

luis valbuena featureI just read yesterday that Amazon is going to get into its own, branded food products. I love Amazon as much as anyone, but I wonder if even I’m ready for Amazon Milk or Amazon Tuna. I respect the effort from a business perspective, but I wonder what adoption is going to look like on that. Then again, I thought Amazon was crazy 15 years ago for expanding beyond books, and a few years ago for expanding into streaming, so what do I know?

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  • After his erratic – for him – start to the season, Kyle Hendricks sat down with Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio to audit what he was doing and try to simplify things mechanically ( That was just before his last two starts, which, maybe not-so-coincidentally, have been fantastic. Hendricks says he finally feels like he got his command and has a better idea of where the pitch is going when it leaves his hand. For a maximum control/command guy, that’s obviously critical. The article is a great read on Hendricks, Miguel Montero, Bosio, and Jason Hammel.

  • Just to confirm it, Dan Vogelbach’s current injury is indeed a hamstring injury (Tribune). Not sure of the severity.
  • Addison Russell continues to progress, and it’s just about impossible to find anyone who doesn’t think he’s special (CSN).
  • David Schoenfield writes about Jon Lester and the worst hitters of all-time.
  • Matt Trueblood offers a fascinating new way to think about an infield rotation, far beyond a mere platoon, and extending to the type of pitcher. I don’t know that it would work for the Cubs and their crew, specifically, but I find the idea fascinating at a general level.
  • Sand sculptures in the bleachers? Yes please.
  • Jon Roegele writes that the large strike zone of recent years is still in effect.
  • Dig the video as much as the information it includes:

  • Oh, Anthony (I love that song!):

  • This batflip has been getting a ton of attention over the past 24 hours, and I do think it’s good …

  • But, for me, it was disappointing to see that the bat actually slings almost straight down, not crazy high up in the air, as the angle of his arms make you think at first. Here’s another view:

  • It’s really, really good. Don’t get me wrong. But when I first saw it, I thought he made that motion AND flung the bat 50 feet in the air straight up. That would have been really crazy. Probably dangerous, too. Maybe that wouldn’t be a great idea. Would be a solid video, though. Maybe I’m just partial to all things Luis Valbuena when it comes to batflips.

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