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The Cubs’ 10 Most Valuable Players and Other Bullets

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Rizzo and BaezToday, The Little Girl’s kindergarten class is having a Thanksgiving feast and performance, which should be rather adorable. I’m told it includes Thanksgiving songs, but also ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ for some reason. She gave us a preview last night, and I gotta be a proud papa for a moment and say that I was blown away by how well she knows that song. As we’ve seen with countless adults at sporting events over the years, it’s not an easy song to remember all the words in order, but she needed prompted with the first word of a stanza only a couple times. I was super impressed.

Also: Thanksgiving feast at school makes me remember when I was a kid and they did the Thanksgiving lunch a few days before Thanksgiving actually arrived. Remember? With the turkey and mashed potatoes and the spice cake! My love for cinnamon-themed desserts definitely started with the spice cake on my tray during the Thanksgiving lunches in elementary school.

  • Kris Bryant was the deserving winner of the NL MVP, but he wasn’t the only Cub to get votes: Anthony Rizzo finished fourth, behind only the three named finalists, Bryant, Daniel Murphy, and Corey Seager. That’s Rizzo’s second straight season finishing fourth in the balloting, and, setting aside whatever personal pride he might rightfully derive from it, there was a financial reward: the extension Rizzo signed a few years ago included a provision that he gets a bump in his salaries down the road if he finishes in the top five in the MVP voting twice. It happened, and Rizzo essentially earned another $5 million for himself. Nicely done.
  • Addison Russell also received a sixth place vote, which was enough to put him 19th overall. Kyle Hendricks got a 9th place vote, which put him at 23rd.
  • By WAR, the Cubs’ 10 most valuable players were Kris Bryant (8.4), Anthony Rizzo (5.2), Dexter Fowler (4.7), Kyle Hendricks (4.5), Jon Lester (4.3), Ben Zobrist (4.0), Addison Russell (3.9), Jake Arrieta (3.8), John Lackey (3.1), and Javy Baez (2.7).
  • MLB has officially announced the schedule change for Opening Day that will have the Cubs and Cardinals opening up on Sunday night now (April 2), instead of that Monday. The game, which is in St. Louis, will be at 7:30pm CT, and it’ll be the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball opener. There are two other games earlier in the day that Sunday, though, with the Giants at the D-Backs and the Yankees at the Rays. Why those games? Couldn’t tell you. But the reigning champs going to St. Louis to face their bitter rival to open the season on Sunday night is pretty darn good drama.


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.