Bass to the Reds, Stellar Defensive Plays, Coaching the Coaches, and Other Bullets

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Bass to the Reds, Stellar Defensive Plays, Coaching the Coaches, and Other Bullets

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So, am I the only one who grew up playing checkers where kings can jump their own pieces? Apparently that’s not a legit rule, but it makes the game SO much more strategic if you’ve gotta be wary of your opponent setting up his own pieces so he can double jump you. I was taught that way, and I taught The Little Girl that way. So when she tried to pull the move on The Wife and was told it was not legit, she lost her mind and threw me under the bus (appropriately). Again: am I the only one who grew up playing that way?

  • Well dang. Anthony Bass is moving on, having signed a minor league deal with the Reds. The 31-year-old righty was very effective in middle relief for the Cubs over 15.1 IP last year (2.93 ERA, even better peripherals), and I really would have liked to see him return on a minor league deal. He must have felt his chances are better in Cincinnati to see big league action, but right now? I’m sure that’s a safe bet.
  • MLB named its top defensive play for each team in 2018, and it was always a safe bet that the honor would go to Javy Baez, but on which play? There are so many options. This is the one they chose:

  • Fair by me, and you pretty much can’t go wrong with an El Mago play. You could argue for Addison Russell’s literal jaw-dropping play late in the year against the Brewers, but with his suspension and the circumstances that precipitated it, I don’t feel like making the argument myself.
  • beat writer Jordan Bastian answers a variety of questions (and ain’t havin’ none of your batting average citations), including what Joe Maddon’s “new” more-hands-on role is going to look like. Among the things Maddon expects to be doing is working more closely with his new, younger coaches: “I’m really into coaching the coaches. With the young coaches, that’s something also that I think is going to be important to get back into that. The best way I could describe it, I’ve pretty much put my Minor League hat back on, which I really love to do. The developmental component. The instructional league component. Try to challenge myself on that level. And again, it’s kind of fun to think about it.”
  • Michael, sans tie, was on the Sports Feed last night offering knowledge:

  • Don’t sleep on Alec Mills (not just for this tweet, mind you, but this is in there):

  • Congrats to the Rizzos:

  • Even more nasty sliders, including the World Series finisher from Chris Sale:

  • DA BEARS are hosing a playoff game this weekend and I am over the moon:

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.