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I really needed a haircut this week – I had a shaggy dog situation going on – but the person who has cut my hair the last five or six times was unavailable, so I don’t know how this will go …


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OK, I typed that part before the cut, and this part after. It’s OK! My hair looks OK! It helps that I prefer the most mundane “guy” haircut ever, but still. Gotta look sharp.

  • The big league portion of the Rule 5 Draft gets the bulk of the attention, and understandably so. But there’s a minor league portion, too, complete with its own lists of players that can be protected on the AAA roster (and when you don’t protect a player eligible for the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft, that player is subject to being selected and taken forever (a la Justin Bour of the Marlins) without any kind of big league roster requirement). Arizona Phil has the list of Cubs prospects who are now unprotected in the big league phase and the AAA phase of next month’s Rule 5 Draft. We already knew who was eligible in the big league phase by virtue of our discussion of the prospects the Cubs elected to protect by the roster deadline last week, but Phil’s work also has the guys who can be grabbed forever in the minor league phase, including catchers Will Remillard and Cael Brockmeyer, infielder Stephen Bruno, and pitchers Tommy Thorpe and Enrique de los Rios.
  • MLB.com has a write-up on 10 of the most incredible individual game lines of the year – ones that had never been produced before – like when Anthony Rendon went 6-for-6, with 3 HR, 5 R, a 2B, and 10 RBI against the Mets back in April. The Cubs don’t show up on the list … well, not on the good side, anyway. The Nationals’ 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts in just four innings against Jake Arrieta and Miguel Montero made the list, and understandably so, because man alive that was crazy. It also preceded Montero’s ill-advised comments about his pitchers being too slow to the plate, and then him getting DFA’d and shipped off to the Blue Jays.

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  • But, hey, the seven stolen bases in just four innings was not the worst/shortest combo ever – in 2009, Chris Young and Nick Hundley allowed eight stolen bases to the Rockies in just three innings. (Apparently the gigantic Young was very easy to steal off of – from 2007 through this early article in 2009, only 2 of 75 would-be basestealers were thrown out!)
  • Also: Montero hit just .138/.248/.241 after that trade to the Blue Jays. I’m not really sure where Miggy goes from here, if teams don’t believe he can throw anymore, and if he’s not a plus bat …
  • It’s still not clear if Jung-Ho Kang will be able to return to the Pirates in 2018 after missing all of 2017 following a third DUI in South Korea, but his comeback attempt in the Dominican Winter League didn’t go well – he was just let go by his team after struggling badly. Kang, 30, signed with the Pirates before the 2015 season on what proved to be a steal of a four-year, $11 million contract (plus an option year for 2019), and hit .273/.355/.483 (129 wRC+) in 2015 and 2016, while being worth 6.0 WAR. The Pirates will have to go into 2018 planning like Kang will once again be unavailable, though, because it’s not clear whether the U.S. will grant him a work visa this time around, or, even if they do, whether he’ll be as productive when he comes back over.

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  • Winterland at the Park at Wrigley is going on right now:

  • The main thing I took away from this fun GIF? So many of Giancarlo Stanton’s homers are absolutely BOMBS:

  • Meanwhile, after another embarrassing loss for the Bears …


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.