More Cubs-City Feuding, Schwarber as a Catcher, the Juiced Ball, and Other Bullets

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More Cubs-City Feuding, Schwarber as a Catcher, the Juiced Ball, and Other Bullets

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I have been something of a beast the last couple days, dealing with site issues, and I therefore owe my family some extra attention today. So we’re gonna hit up the local amusement park for a bit this afternoon. Roller coasters and funnel cake, here I come.

  • The Cubs’ ongoing dispute with the City about security around Wrigley Field and the Cubs’ preference to have Addison and Clark closed on game days has now pulled in local alderman Tom Tunney. Per the Sun-Times, Tunney blames the Cubs (naturally) for what he sees as an unwillingness to move on these issues short of the street closures, which Tunney says will be impossible, especially with all the new development in the area.
  • Joe Maddon is comfortable using Kyle Schwarber behind the plate when the opportunity arises (Tribune). Schwarber hasn’t seen a ton of time back there this year (just five innings), and it remains to be seen if catching is really in his future after this season. Miguel Montero is a free agent, and your dream scenario would have Willson Contreras and Schwarber sharing time behind the plate and in left field next year, but I’m not sure that events of the year so far have really pushed the Cubs in that direction. Expecting Schwarber be the true second catcher in 2018 was always a stretch, and for now, I’d anticipate that the Cubs will be in the market for a veteran back-up catcher (perhaps a reunion with Montero, though his struggles throwing the ball make things tough, even as he does everything else you’d want from a backup catcher very well).
  • The Cubs and Pirates will honor the Negro Leagues with their uniforms today. The Pirates will be wearing the Homestead Grays uniforms, while the Cubs will be the Leland Giants.
  • Cubs didn’t win the game but they did break the Mets: both Neil Walker and Matt Harvey are going to be out for a while.
  • Michael wrote about an analysis that revealed the home run spike may be largely attributable to a change in the baseball that started in mid-2015 (the same time as the homer spike began), and Rob Arthur just released a second, different study that came to the very same conclusion. Arthur’s piece also includes comments from MLB that they believe the balls are still within the normal range, and an outside consultant determined that the current ball would not lead to increased offense. It’s a sticky situation, because it’s virtually inarguable that a boost in offense is good for the game, but MLB does not want to be seen as artificially inflating offense or turning a blind eye to juiced offense (as it did when the juicing was in the players). So why the staunch denials in the face of pretty compelling evidence that the baseball, itself, is a huge part of the home run spike?
  • Cubs players talk about the juiced ball theories here, with some suspecting a difference, and others skeptical.
  • Having been released by the Orioles, Edwin Jackson is now looking for a new home, and possibly his 14th(!) big league team. Will Leitch recounts Jackson’s time with the first 13, and when I saw the headline, I took that as a challenge to see if I could name all 13 without looking. I got 10, including the Orioles, so I felt pretty good about that.
  • The Cubs’ players as fathers:

  • The Wife (a teacher) will kill me for mentioning this, but I can’t not. It exists:

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