The Taylor Family is sick. It’s been a while, but it’s remarkable how, without fail, if one of us gets sick, the rest of us are going down. It’s just a series of bad colds for now. ‘Tis the season.
- The Cubs’ playoff run didn’t just add to the team’s coffers, it also added a very nice bonus for Cubs players. The playoff share for the team this year topped $8 million, and the players (the full-timers) voted to divvy that up up among 60 full shares to players, coaches, and staff (plus 8.25 partial shares, and 13 cash awards) – the most in baseball. The generous move will ensure that guys for whom the $122,327.59 share is life-changing money will get a piece of the pie.
- Barry Bonds, hitting coach? The Marlins hope they can make it happen, according to a Jon Heyman report. Bonds, now 51, was one of the best hitters of all-time, though his career was clouded by PED accusations and revelations later in his career. Still, he understands how to hit as well as anyone – just ask Dexter Fowler – and the cloud of the PED era can’t hang forever. Mark McGwire has been a hitting coach with the Cardinals and Dodgers, and is now set to take over as bench coach for the Padres. Manny Ramirez has served in a coaching capacity with the Cubs. I don’t like what happened in the game, but I also recognize that it’s irrational to exclude an entire group of former players because they might have/probably used PEDs in an era where so many players were using, and MLB was not actively trying to stamp it out.
- Meanwhile, Sammy Sosa still remains distanced from the Cubs. Sigh.
- Truly, Aroldis Chapman is one of a kind:
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) November 30, 2015
- And somewhere, Taylor Teagarden leans back in his chair and thinks, “Eh, he ain’t so tough”:
- The Pirates are Baseball America’s organization of the year.
- Over at BIF, Josh Donaldson won the MVP just a year after the A’s traded him to the Blue Jays. Oops?
- The Cubs will do their annual tree lighting this Thursday, and it will include a toy drive – see details here.
- If you missed it earlier today, Luke kicked off his Prospects Progress series with Willson Contreras.
- And yesterday, there was a new episode of Limited Range with me and Sahadev Sharma.