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Almost Incredible and Other Bullets

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coghlan near robbery failI need a new pair of sunglasses, but I’ve never been able to settle on the style of sunglasses that look OK on my face. The wire-framed ones look awkward, and the thicker black frame ones look like I’m trying too hard. I usually, then, end up getting “goofy” ones so that I can just beg off and claim I don’t care what I look like, and then it’s not my fault if it looks stupid.

  • Hooray for prominently-featured highlights of stuff that was almost incredible. If you missed Andrew McCutchen’s homer last night, you also missed one of the best almost top plays you’ll see this year from Chris Coghlan:

  • I love McCutchen’s face as he rounds the bases – he said after the game that he would’ve gone out and high-fived Coghlan if he’d pulled it off ( As for Coghlan, he says he had the ball, but a fan reaching for the homer (totally fair, given that it was a couple rows into the stands) knocked it loose.
  • Welington Castillo (rib cage inflammation) is ready for baseball activities ( The Cubs’ catcher went on the DL on June 3 (backdated to June 2), so he’ll be eligible to return June 16. Not sure he’ll be able to be ready quite that quickly, though, given that he’ll likely have to play in a few rehab games before returning.
  • Mick Gillispie says the guy that Kris Bryant reminds him the most of is Cal Ripken, Jr. (in terms of the kind of player and person he is). Pfft. Ripken hit only .276/.367/.492 in his year in the Southern League … as a 19-year-old. (Ripken, by the way, was clearly the Mike Trout of the 1978 draft – he didn’t go until the late second round, but made it to AA the very next year as an 18-year-old, and was in the bigs winning an MVP just a few years after that. The Cubs took Bill Haynes in the first round that year, and then Mel Hall in the second round, before Ripken. Hall actually ended up having a nice career, even if he wasn’t Ripken.)
  • Beyond the Box Score on Jeff Samardzija’s evolution into an ace (their word, not mine) this year.
  • Stan shares a terrifying video of Javier Baez:

  • That was from a couple nights ago, and Baez stayed in the game. I’m not saying there’s any relationship, but since Baez took that foul ball off the face, he’s flied out once, walked once, and struck out four times (all of them swinging).
  • If you want to win some prizes by playing free fantasy baseball tomorrow, pick your team here (it takes three minutes).

Author: Brett Taylor

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