cat calendarThe Littlest Girl is right there on the cusp of her first intentional smile. I know it. I can tell. But she’s just not quite there. I’m not saying it’s a race between me and The Wife to be the first one to get it, but I’m also not saying I wouldn’t love to make her smile. She is exactly two months old today, and is a sweetheart.

  • The qualifying offer deadline stuff has now passed, but more deadlines loom. If you never checked out the offseason road map of dates and deadlines and explanations (or if you did and you’ve since forgotten what’s coming), give it a look this morning to catch up. There’s a big deadline coming this Friday regarding the Cubs’ 40-man roster and protecting prospects from the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Ken Rosenthal has an awesome read on Mike Montgomery, his appearance in Game Seven, and his reaction to getting the final out of the World Series. Among the bits, Montgomery was so unsure of what to do after that final out that, because┬áhe hadn’t gone to grab catcher Miguel Montero, he later sought out Montero on the plane to make sure he hadn’t breached some rules of etiquette. Montgomery also talks about his mixed feelings on being traded to the Cubs in the first place. Great read.


  • Manager of the Year awards are handed out tonight, with Joe Maddon one of the finalists in the National League. Most folks expect, though, that Dave Roberts will get the nod for what he did with an injury-ravaged Dodgers club. Yes, they had the huge payroll, but how they stayed competitive despite basically everyone being hurt all the time, especially on the pitching side, is really impressive.
  • Matt Trueblood writes about ‘Go Cubs Go’ and the man behind the song.
  • As the Tribune notes, Iowa Cubs hitting coach Brian Harper has departed in favor of the Tigers organization.
  • Wayne Epps looks at the best seasons ever that did not result in an MVP award. The impetus, obviously, is the concern that Mike Trout will once again not win the MVP later this week, for reasons that are … not convincing. Sammy Sosa’s 2001 season shows up 10th on the list, as you may recall that he was ridiculous that year, but it was also the season that Barry Bonds hit 73.
  • Check in on the Chris Sale rumors that seem to have blown up in the past 24 hours, if you missed it.
  • A fun note on Yoenis Cespedes’s trade history:








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