The Cubs had a weird one today, but also some familiarity.
Jed Hoyer Speaks: Relying on Track Records, Importance of Mental Health, Adjusting to New Rules, More
The Cubs GM stresses the importance of mental health.
Happ sums up what it’s like to face Darvish, who is fortunately a teammate Happ has to face only in practice.
Give this a look and a listen and see what you think.
Joe West won’t sit out this year, which is fine. But his comments on why are definitely not fine.
David Ross is Bummed He Won’t Get to Tell Jon Lester His Day is Done Just Before He’s About to Go Hit
That’s cold, David Ross. Hilarious. But cold.
Even With His Contract Opt-Outs and Universal DH, You Probably Shouldn’t Get Any Nick Castellanos Hopes Up
Sorry, folks. If you were hopeful before, this is the reminder that things have changed so dramatically.
COVID-19 Testing Problems Push Back Cubs Workout Today, Have Delayed Start of South Bend Camp (UPDATE)
Things are supposed to be OK from here on out, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
Cubs Prospect Notes: Pitching Prospects Rising, Roederer Will Turn Heads, Franklin’s Changeup, Elite Spin Rates, More
The Chicago Cubs finally have pitching prospects that external sources are celebrating. And there’s much more to enjoy from there.
No complaints here, but the Reds must be especially happy.
Ross is ready to protect his guys already. Also, just sign a bunch of the guys to 10-year deals for security, right?
That would be awesome for so many reasons.
The first game is against the White Sox on July 19.
The Cubs get the Brewers and Cardinals at home for 7 of their 10 games.
The holiday weekend gets the bulk of the blame, which is a concern.
Darvish’s uniform number and his pitch total.
The lefty reliever is a presumed part of the Cubs’ bullpen this year.
Kris Bryant Talks About Testing Concerns, Not Wanting to Be Traded, and Eventual Extension Possibilities
The pandemic impacts so many things, and leaves so much about Bryant and the Cubs up in the air.
MLBits: Tanaka OK, Absurd Testing Problems, Will Braun Ever Leave Us Alone? Suarez Haunts the Cubs, More
Tanaka took a 112 mph Stanton liner to the head. Meanwhile, testing problems are already plaguing MLB.
The game will be July 24, and it’ll be important. They all will be.
Chatwood, Mills, Schwarber, Caratini, Báez, Underwood, more.
The process for Jon Lester is necessarily going to be a little slower than the other starters.
Cubs Summer Camp Miscellany: Chatwood and Mills Square Off, First Relievers In, Schwarber Gallops, More
Intrasquad Game Two, with presumptive starters 4 and 5.
Great stuff from the game yesterday (we’ll take what we can get), and also some bigger picture considerations.
It was baseball, and I will take it.
Two high profile players impacted by the pandemic.
Get him, Kyle! Crush him, Yu!
Rizzo Happy to Be Back, Happ Still on the DH, Learning from Experience, COVID Tests, and Other Cubs Bullets
Nothing is normal, but getting on the field again felt good for a lot of Cubs.
Day One in the books, as Cubs players got to work.
This is worth the conversation, at a minimum.
“I was watching him try on smaller clothes today because everything that he had was a little large.”
These sounds. I have missed this so badly.
That seems a much lower number than many were expecting.
So many layers to the injury and how it could shift the Cubs’ roster perspective. The injury is bad, but the fallout isn’t necessarily all bad.
The Cubs’ manager is back at his duties, updating us on the state of things as Cubs Camp kicks off.
Players arrive, team activities begin. This is wild.
MLBits: Trout Not Certain He’ll Play All Year, Union Financially Prepared for Stoppage, How Many Wins Does it Take in 2020? More
Mike Trout has a baby on the way, so he’s carefully considering his options.