Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

dave martinez raysThe offseason really is here, because I’ve already got a back-log of a ton of rumor-y/transaction-y things I want to write, and things that all of Luke, Michael, and Luis are working on. I hope you’re ready for a cascade of #content in the coming days and weeks.

  • Given the desirability of the candidate, the obvious front office connection, and the wide-ranging scope of the search, this should not be a surprise: multiple reports indicate that Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez will interview for the Dodgers’ open managerial gig next week. We’ve talked about Martinez’s chops as a managerial candidate for a long time (heck, even the Cubs interviewed him a couple manager searches ago), and he’s as deserving of a candidate as there is out there. While it would sting to lose Joe Maddon’s long-time, very-bright lieutenant on the bench, it would be nice to know that a guy like Martinez will finally get a shot. We’ll see how the search plays out – the Dodgers are reportedly interviewing upwards of 10 candidates, and have already considered guys like Bud Black, Gabe Kapler, Darin Erstad, and Dave Roberts, among others. Even if Martinez is one of the preferred candidates, he’ll have a lot of competition. Good luck to him, and, if he doesn’t get the job, I’m sure the Cubs will be all too happy to have him back on the bench next year, and let him try again for a top job next offseason.
  • As expected, Willson Contreras’s AFL season is over after he strained his hamstring earlier this week ( Contreras felt his hamstring “pop” as he ran to first – which, um, terrifying – but the Cubs are calling it a “mild” strain. As we have come to understand, even a “mild” hamstring strain is a monthlong injury, so it’s no surprise that Contreras is done in the AFL, which ends in two weeks. Hopefully he recovers well, rests up, and is good to go when pre-Spring Training workouts begin. It could be a huge year for the breakout prospect in 2016, when he could conceivably work his way into the mix at the big league level by midseason.

  • If you crush a ball, you can do a massive bat flip in my book. But you should probably make sure the ball isn’t *extremely* foul first.
  • The worst called strike of the season did not involve the Cubs, but it was a full foot outside. That’s nuts.
  • If you missed it this morning, I celebrated the open of full free agency with some early thoughts on how the Cubs might approach things.
  • Siblings, Cubs fans:

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