Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

kris bryant cubs battingSeveral months ago, I’d requested that the BN Facebook page be verified, because, hey, why not? Verification – something I’ve still not been able to achieve on Twitter, which is unfortunate as we head into rumor hoaxing season* – comes with some benefits, and seemed like a good thing to line up. But, as I said, that was several months ago, and, to be candid, I’d forgotten that I even requested it because I assumed that a “yes” would have come within days if it was coming at all.

Yesterday, Facebook responded that the request had been denied, which was a little like asking the homecoming queen out on a date via text, having her not respond, you moving on to a new, happy relationship … and then having that girl text you back a couple months later to let you know that your face looks like Richard Nixon’s butt. I had already received the message by your silence, girl.

  • David Ross told MLBN Radio that¬†2016, the second year of his two-year deal with the Cubs, would probably be his last before retirement. Here’s hoping it’s a notable one with the Cubs. Ross remains fantastic behind the plate in all phases – game-calling, defense, receiving – but the bat has left him. In a backup, you don’t really need him to be anything more than he was last year, but you can understand why he might be just about ready to hang ’em up. Presumably, whenever Ross is done playing, he’ll have teams lining up to bring him into the fold in a coaching capacity, and he may well wind up staying in the Cubs organization.

  • Kris Bryant was the unanimous NL Rookie of the Year, and Carlos Correa took it home in the AL, narrowly besting Francisco Lindor. Bryant’s unanimous win in the NL was the first since Craig Kimbrel in 2011. Before that, it was Albert Pujols in 2001. Pujols was 21 at the time, and hit an incredible¬†.329/.403/.610. That was good for a 159 wRC+, which is excellent (Bryant was at 136), but is a figure he’s gone on to surpass seven times. Pujols’s 7.2 WAR his rookie year bests Bryant’s 6.5, and marked the only season – the *only* season – in Pujols’ career where he netted positive dWAR. That season, Pujols split his games between third base, first base, left field, and right field – remember when Pujols used to play third base? Also, that rookie year was the the last time Pujols struck out more often than he walked until his first year with the Angels in 2012. Dang he was really good. I’m not really going anywhere with this other than to say: I hope Bryant proves to be as good as Pujols over the next decade plus.
  • (Something completely random I noticed perusing Pujols’ stats: his most plate appearances in a season is exactly 700, a figure he reached in three different seasons.)
  • This piece takes a look at past Rookie of the Year winners and sees how Bryant stacks up.
  • This will get some views and some comments:

*(Seriously on the Twitter one: if anyone knows someone who knows someone, I would very much appreciate getting verified on Twitter. Last year, some a-hole impersonated the BN Twitter and “broke the news” of Jon Lester signing with the Cubs before he had, and I got a whole lot of grief for it. I’d like to avoid that kind of thing in the future. You can’t request verification from Twitter, but I’m told that sometimes people have an “in”. If you are one of said people, hook a chum up.)

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