Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

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  • Jeimer Candelario was the Cubs’ lone positional rep in the Fall Stars Game last night with Willson Contreras’s season ended thanks to a hamstring injury. Corey Black appeared on the pitching side, giving up three runs (on three hits, including a homer, and a walk) while striking out one in his inning of work. Candelario had himself a night, though, including this nifty catch:

  • And this crushed double:

  • Although I’m not saying this on the basis of his Fall Stars Game performance, or even his AFL performance, but it feels like an appropriate place to say: I don’t think the Cubs can risk leaving Candelario unprotected for the Rule 5 Draft, even though he’s only just about to turn 22, and even though he’s played only 46 games above High-A. I just think he’s got too much talent for some rebuilding team not to grab and stash. The deadline to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 is November 20.

  • Jed Hoyer looks back and looks ahead.
  • Korean first baseman and slugger Byung-Ho Park’s team accepted a $12.85 million posting bid on Friday, but it’s still a mystery which MLB team won his rights (and will have 30 days to work out a contract). That posting amount, undoubtedly increased by Jung-Ho Kang’s success last year with the Pirates, suggests teams (well, at least one team) believe Park’s power will translate to the bigs. Park is believed to be a first base/DH type, so it’s highly unlikely the Cubs are involved. But it’s still an interesting mystery to follow. Also, he has at least one important skill in addition to power:

META: Sometimes you don’t know exactly what you’re doing until you’re doing it. As I was doing my periodic posts for BN Baseball – a new, small side project I mentioned in the Bullets a few days ago – and thinking more about what it is supposed to be, I kept prompting my self to drill it down to the simple version of what I was trying to do with the site. Why I thought it should exist. I wasn’t trying to create a “baseball-wide” version of what we do here at BN. This place is about obsessing about the Cubs in a comprehensive way.

Here at BN, we definitely enjoy the Cubs and the sport, but there’s inarguably a seriousness to the way we treat things – analysis, statistics, finances, etc. I don’t intend to get away from that, but I also don’t want to forget the silly, child-like fun that drew us all to the game when we were younger: baseball is fun. That’s what I wanted BN Baseball to be – a place to curate and enjoy the moments of and about baseball that remind us how fun it is. And the more I thought about it, and the more the specific goal crystalized in my mind, the more I felt like “BN Baseball” wasn’t really consistent with what I was going for. Why not just call the place what I want it to be? Say what you mean.

So, that’s a very long way of saying BN Baseball is now Baseball Is Fun. Same site, same concept, different name. I’m working on a new logo. You’ll have to give me a little time on that one.

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