cubs azl spring training logoOur driveway is so iced over today that not only could I slide the kids around on their shoes like we were ice skating in the Olympics, but I also couldn’t get our car all the way up and into the garage. And then it slid down a bit, but not all the way into the street. Yikes.

  • The Cubs have announced their minor league managers and coaching staffs for 2017 (new positions are in bold, new to the org are in italics):

  • The Cubs also announced their minor league coordinators for 2017, and you can see the organizational continuity there. It’s nice not to see a whole bunch of turnover, given how well the organization has done in the last half decade at developing their youngsters. The big hits came before last year when the Cubs lost both their minor league hitting coordinator (Anthony Iapoce, who became the Rangers’ hitting coach) and minor league pitching coordinator (Derek Johnson, who became the Brewers’ pitching coach). Their replacements – Andy Haines and Jim Brower – were both brought back for a second year.

  • With Dozier, and after the returns of Rich Hill, Kenley Jansen, and Justin Turner, I’m thinking the Dodgers might pass the Cubs as the on-paper champions of Spring Training.
  • Jeff Sullivan writes about the Odubel Herrera extension, which makes for a valuable read as we consider the possibility that the Cubs will try to lock down some young player extensions of their own.

  • Jonah Keri doesn’t have a Hall of Fame vote yet, but, if he did, he offers where his ten votes would go. I don’t have a Hall of Fame vote either, but, if I did, my ballot would look the same as Keri’s. And if I had three more votes beyond the ten, I’d seriously consider adding Trevor Hoffman, Vlad Guerrero, and Gary Sheffield. (I know, I know. I’m getting creamed in the minds of many because I didn’t mention Sammy Sosa. I still have my questions about whether Sosa is a Hall of Famer.)
  • David Ross, cover athlete:

  • Of note, this game will be in St. Louis at Busch Stadium, the home of the Cardinals:


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