World tragedy is such a tough thing to discuss in this, or any, context. Usually, then, I don’t. I just retreat back into my comfort zones – baseball and family. I’m currently traveling with the family (and hugging them more closely), and here are some things about baseball. I’m sorry I can’t offer more.
- Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez got a big league managerial interview, as he has many times before, and, just as with those times, it seems he won’t be getting the job. Mark Saxon reports that the Dodgers are down to five candidates, none of whom is Martinez: Bud Black, Kirk Gibson, Gabe Kapler, Darin Erstad, and Dave Roberts. On the one hand, you’re grateful that Martinez will be back with the Cubs next season, serving as Joe Maddon’s long-time, highly-capable number two. On the other hand, it’s hard not to feel like Martinez deserves a shot at some point.
- Jed Hoyer was on MLB Network speaking about the Cubs’ offseason ahead, and how they build off of their success in 2015:
- Jesse Rogers opines on various Cubs topics, many with a rumor-y bent. Sounds like he’s hearing it is increasingly plausible that the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija could come together once again. There was also a later-evening Lukewarm Stove yesterday, if you missed it, and the Red Sox traded for Craig Kimbrel.
- As expected, Cubs fans felt very, very good about their experience in 2015.
- Boo … :
If MLB works out details and government approval, #Rays will be team that goes to Cuba for spring exhibition.
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) November 13, 2015
- The Silver Slugger awards were announced, but the Cubs didn’t win any, so who cares? (I kid. Kinda.)
- Don’t throw the ball into your pitcher’s face.
- A Cubs on Amazon holiday idea for the golfer in your family? One of those divot fixer thingies and ball marker what-have-yous.