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Cubs Motivated to Get Back on Top, the Availability of Resources, and Other Bullets

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The cold weather arrived overnight for us, as it seems to every year. What happened to the gradual change of the seasons? Is that just an artifact of false memory? I’d make a crack about global warming, but it’s really not all that funny.

  • The Cubs’ Chairman and Owner Tom Ricketts sent his annual letter to season ticket holders. Ricketts says the Cubs will be motivated by the unfamiliar and uncomfortable loss of the division and early exit from the postseason:

  • “Falling one game short in the NL Central and making an early postseason exit, while both unfamiliar and uncomfortable, will motivate us. We will spend the winter working hard to give Joe Maddon and our team the support they need to reclaim our division …. The overwhelming sentiment, from our front office to the clubhouse, is that we have a lot of work to do and will be back stronger than ever.”
  • So that means the Cubs are gonna blow past the luxury tax cap, right?!?! Well, I kid as it relates to this particular message, but I do think that the resources will be there for any signing that the front office deems a good risk, up to and including a monster deal for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. That doesn’t mean they’ll actually get either guy – so many suitors with deep pockets – but it does mean, in my opinion, that they will have the option.
  • A reminder to that end: 2019 is the final year of the Cubs’ current TV deals. The landscape is deeply complicated right now, but the Cubs should nevertheless be able to improve their already robust revenue streams.
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  • Big AFL day for Cubs utility prospects Trent Giambrone, who had a breakout 2018 season:

  • The day was not as good for Nico Hoerner and P.J. Higgins, each of whom went hitless, or or Justin Steele, who started and was knocked around.
  • I’m not sure you’ll find a more perfect and concise summation of what offense should be about:

  • Michael hits up the airwaves:

  • I tend to doubt he’d be pitching for the Cubs in the remake:

  • Speaking of future rookies of the year, really look at this Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. swing:

  • His timing got a little thrown off on that pitch –  maybe it was offspeed – and he was not in an optimal position to put a good swing on it. He couldn’t even use his lower half! Yet, with just the torque in his upper body, you can tell from the sound that he crushed that ball. How? And he’s still 19!
  • Electric toothbrush, office supplies, under-desk elliptical, protein bars, unlocked cell phones, portable speakers … whew, lots of fun Deals of the Day today at Amazon.

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