Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

joe maddon speaksI thought I’d heard that the Bulls were opening their season last night – I guess they beat LeBron and the Cavs (I am not a basketball guy) – so I went to their website to see what was what, and good gravy, NBA … what an electronic pile of awful the site is on desktop. Worse, when you first navigate to, it takes you to this gameday thing automatically, which is really jarring. I happen to know that the NBA does very well online connecting with fans, and the site(s) does look a lot better on mobile. So maybe that’s the thing. The desktop is dying …

  • Although Kris Bryant won the Sporting News’ version of the Rookie of the Year award (voted on by the players), Joe Maddon did not win the managerial equivalent. I tend to think the Manager of the Year award is a bit of a tricky one, often given to the wrong guys because they happened to be at the helm of a team that exceeded expectations (rather than, perhaps, simply being a very good manager of a bad team, or the manager of a consistently good team that meets expectations), but it sure seems like Maddon is especially deserving this year. Interestingly, not only did Maddon not win, but he finished a distant third (just one vote) behind Terry Collins (7 votes) and Mike Matheny (5 votes). Why would Maddon be so far back in this award voted on by NL managers? Well, obviously it’s possible the other managers simply believed Collins and Matheny did a better job – a fair perspective, all things considered. But I can think of some other reasons why Maddon might not fare too well in his first year in the NL when the voters are the other managers – perhaps the relationships aren’t there yet, or the managers aren’t as familiar with Maddon … or perhaps some still don’t like the way Maddon’s move to the Cubs necessarily required the ouster of a long-respected, first-time manager in Rick Renteria.
  • Reiterating: Collins and Matheny (except for the in-game stuff) clearly did a great job this year. They may finish ahead of Maddon when the writers vote, too. And that would be fair.

  • A very nice visualization of the Wrigley renovation timeline from the Tribune. Still a lot to come, and the area will look fundamentally different within a few years.
  • Yesterday’s season epilogue took me large parts of several days to write, so I hope you’ll forgive me for oversharing it in case anyone reading these Bullets didn’t see it. Ditto for last evening’s Jacob Turner transaction.
  • If you missed the latest episode of Limited Range, it was about turning the page on the 2015 season.
  • The World Series is underway, and, although I know many of you are uninterested, it was a damn good first game.

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