The Cubs You're Most Thankful For? Can You Even Pick Just One? And Other Bullets

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The Cubs You’re Most Thankful For? Can You Even Pick Just One? And Other Bullets

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Yo. I ate a lot yesterday. And then I ate even more after that. My insides have thus been like that scene in ‘Shawshank Redemption’ – you know the one – and I feel like Andy Dufresne, emerging victorious.

  • on every player the 30 teams are most thankful for, and here’s what they’ve got for the Cubs: “Anthony Rizzo may be the prototype for what every team would like all of its players to be. Besides being the face of the best era of Cubs baseball in the past 110 years, he’s been a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner while playing an average of 154 games the past six seasons.” Fair enough, and I don’t think you’ll find a Cubs fan out there who isn’t thankful for Rizzo’s presence on the Cubs.
  • Who would you say you’re “most” thankful for on the Cubs? In 2018, it’s probably very easy to say it was Javy Baez. Long-term, it might be Kris Bryant. But in an overall, many years sense, Rizzo is probably the guy. Honorable mentions to Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Pedro Strop?
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  • An eyes-on scouting report from 2080 on Cubs pitching prospect Erick Leal from the Arizona Fall League offers up some rationale on why he was not protected in the Rule 5 Draft (he always seemed on the fence given that he’d just come back from Tommy John surgery and hadn’t pitched above High-A, but he sure did dominate). Among the comments: “Leal’s effectiveness stems more from pitchability and strikethrowing than raw stuff. His fastball sits 91-to-92 mph, and although it has some life, the pitch can be squared when he’s not working it to the edges …. He throws his 83-to-85 mph changeup to both righties and lefties, able to show it early in counts and keep hitters off balance—compensating for only modest fade on the offering. Overall, Leal grades out to three future-average pitches and average command, a repertoire built more for inducing soft contact than it is for missing bats. As Leal faces higher quality hitters, his stuff will be exposed by MLB hitters better able to find the barrel.”
  • The good news is that a guy with great control and three average pitches can be a successful depth starter in the big leagues. And if one of those pitches clicks over into plus, you might be able to stick at the back of the rotation or in a bullpen. It is also hard to see Leal getting snagged in the Rule 5 Draft right now, so hopefully he’ll be starting for the Cubs at AA next year with a chance to really cement himself as a depth option.
  • This parent has done things correctly:


  • A fun tax ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court indicates that – at least in Ohio – you are legally entitled to a bobblehead (or its equivalent value) when you buy a ticket to a giveaway game. Get ready for someone to challenge that in Illinois.
  • The Bears had just three days to prepare, had to use a backup quarterback who hadn’t made a start in four years, and had to try to win a divisional game on the road. They did it. It was awesome:

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.