#BNBlogathon Check-In: Hour 34

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#BNBlogathon Check-In: Hour 34

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I am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter (hash tag #BNBlogathon for those who want to jump into the fray themselves) – for 40 hours straight, until a little past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, thanks to your generous donations to Make-A-Wish. I’ll be doing recaps on the process throughout the day, but you’ll also see normal posting (Bullets, news, Pre-Gamin’, EBS, etc.), as well as a significant uptick in rumor/trade posts.

Total Posts So Far:


News and Rumors Since the Last Check-In:

I couldn’t even get in an update before the deadline, because there was so much going on. The big stuff would be the Cubs adding Brandon Kintzler, the Pirates adding Chris Archer, and the Brewers adding Jonathan Schoop. And then a lot more deals right here.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

Well, I mean, the Archer trade is obviously the biggest move, and it certainly sets up the Pirates to try to make a run at the Cubs – or at least at the Wild Card – if things keep clicking. But the most interesting thing, as I highlighted in my rant, was what the Brewers opted NOT to do.

Current Thoughts About the Chicago Cubs’ Trade Deadline Strategy/Execution:

I think they nailed it, when you factor in the many at-odds goals: improve the pitching situation without decimating the big league roster or the rebuilding farm system. I agree with those goals, and so, within that context, I think adding Jesse Chavez, Cole Hamels, and Brandon Kintzler for next to nothing is a fantastic trade deadline(ish).

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

I got me a giant Mr. Spokacola (that’d be a fountain soda of mostly Coke Zero, but you splash in some Mr. Pibb and Sprite *chef kiss*).

Where I’m Writing:

Just at my place. Had to be for the deadline period. To frantic and frenetic to be out and about.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

The brain is moving so slowly, man. Then again, I still pulled off this bad boy in a text group:

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:


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.