We’re going have plenty of time to discuss the Kyle Schwarber injury and what it means to the Cubs, so I’m not going to get into here. In fact, I think we could use a distraction from that unfortunate event. Something different. Something … novel.

Something like a giant, neon green bear-sasquatch thingy running for Mayor of Eugene, Oregon. Yep, Sluggo’s running:

Sluggo, in case you’ve forgotten, is the thoroughly awesome mascot of the Short Season A Eugene Emeralds, the Cubs’ affiliate in the Northwest League.



Surprisingly, so far as I have been able to tell, Sluggo might actually qualify for the job. I’m no expert on Oregon election laws, but according to the city charter (yes, I read it solely for the sake of writing this), the Mayor doesn’t actually have to be human. The question of species never comes up.  In fact, the charter contains surprisingly little about the qualifications to run for Mayor at all, but from what is there I think Sluggo qualifies. All he has to do is get twenty five signatures and he’s on the ballot. I’d be very surprised if Sluggo can’t get twenty five signatures. And once he got on the ballot, how do you vote against a… guy?… who has literally fought Darth Vader?

And I honestly have no idea where to go with this. So, before it gets any more weird, I should probably move on.

Somewhere here is an awesome TV series, but I’m not writing it. Yesterday’s games, on the other hand, those I will write about.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Round Rock 4, Iowa 3
The heart of the order had a nice game. The rest of the lineup, not so much.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Mobile 2, Tennessee 1
A tie game going into the eighth turned into a narrow loss.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Frederick 7, Myrtle Beach 5
The Pelicans kept this one close, but three unearned runs proved to be the difference.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
West Michigan 6, South Bend 3
A snowstorm shortened this game to just seven innings. I’m not joking.

Other Notes

  • Ok, so I didn’t exactly read the Eugene city charter. I downloaded and Cntl-F’d my way through all forty something appearances of the word ‘Mayor’. Close enough.


  • The stacked Smokies pitching staff sends another starter you may want to watch to the mound tonight. This time it is Brad Markey, a guy who had a second half so good that if the season had lasted a few more weeks he might have wrested Organizational Pitcher of the Year honors from Williams in 2015.
  • Myrtle Beach is also sending a pretty interesting pitching prospect to the mound tonight. Trevor Clifton has a high ceiling, but we need to see how his secondary pitches develop.
  • Normally when the Cubs farm system gets swept like it did yesterday we break out the sad kittens staring out a rainy window and be sad. But, in my opinion, Cubs-dom is too sad right now. And so I turned to Sluggo, the hero we need.
  • Who, by the way, has an awesome campaign poster.




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