How was your weekend away? Good? That’s grand. Here’s what you missed …
Friday, June 26
- Michael wrote about Kyle Schwarber’s transition back to the minor leagues.
- Jon Lester is still figuring things out this year.
- Luke talked about a seldom-discussed issue with the current draft system.
- Theo Epstein discussed a range of topics in a few radio interviews, including what comes next for the Cubs.
- Luis looked at just how good Addison Russell has been defensively at second base.
- Billy McKinney deserves some extra love, so there it is.
- Ryne Sandberg stepped down as the manager of the Phillies.
- The latest from the Lukewarm Stove.
- People said questionable things about Kris Bryant having to leave the prior day’s game, and he had the perfect response.
- The Cubs lost a late lead and then lost in 10 innings to the Cardinals.
Saturday, June 27
- Another loss to the Cardinals means we, as fans, have another opportunity to get over it.
- Bob Costas had some really strange and borderline insulting comments about Pedro Strop.
- Giancarlo Stanton broke his hand, which is bad for baseball, but maybe a small plus for the Cubs.
- Luis checked in on Carl Edwards, Jr., who is pitching well at Iowa and figures to be in the Cubs’ plans.
- In order to make room for Donn Roach, the Cubs sent Yoervis Medina back to Iowa and DFA’d Rafael Lopez.
- The Cubs got crushed by the Cardinals 8-1.
Sunday, June 28
- Neil Ramirez is back.
- Luke looked at the Cubs’ Dominican Summer League team, together with checking in on the various farm teams.
- The morning Bullets looked at the Cubs’ recent woes in the broader context.
- Bob Costas acknowledged his on-air mistake with Pedro Strop.
- A rumor that the Cubs had talked to the Mets about lefty Jon Niese (and the Dodgers, too) made the rounds.
- The Cubs officially activated Ramirez, and sent Tsuyoshi Wada to the disabled list.
- And the Cardinals completed the sweep against the Cubs.
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