Cubs Camp is a Lot More Traditional, Lester's Leadership, Minor League Rosters, and Other Bullets

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Cubs Camp is a Lot More Traditional, Lester’s Leadership, Minor League Rosters, and Other Bullets

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Ariana Grande sure has a lot of songs in the rotation on popular radio, eh? I count at least five *current* songs that you could hear at any given time, which feels like more than I can recall for any one artist at a given time. And they … are not bad songs.

Also, I desperately need Yu Darvish to throw a dominating first start of the year so that I can do an EBS that is just “Thank Yu, Next”.

Yes, I am a dork. But I know myself.

Meanwhile …

  • Jose Quintana is just quietly doing his thing this Spring, behind the attention that other starters understandably get. He threw three scoreless yesterday, and just keeps on developing his changeup and honing command for the year ahead. It’s crazy to think that he’s probably going to be the “fifth” starter for the Cubs this year, just two years after being an Opening Day starter for the White Sox. Sure, he hasn’t been his previous self with the Cubs, but it’s not like he’s far removed from being a top 20 starter in baseball. Why do we assume he can’t be that again this year?

  • Cubs camp has certainly been more traditional this year, hasn’t it:

  • I totally get why the wackiness has been toned down after borderline complacency set in after the 2016 World Series win, culminating in a particularly disappointing finish last year. I also get why Maddon would be more focused on the day-to-day instruction, when he was essentially challenged by the front office to recommit to that in the final year of his contract. As a fan who wants to see the Cubs hungry and winning right out of the gate, I appreciate that the spirit is in the right place.
  • … but I do miss the fun a little bit. David Ross’s scooter. Munenori Kawasaki doing karaoke. Tommy La Stella pranking and getting pranked.
  • Oh, and a bonus from Mooney’s piece:

  • Nice to see some data backing up one of those “gut” things we’ve been thinking so publicly about why the Cubs should bring in a particular veteran like Martin Maldonado, who, by the way, is still a free agent:

  • This is awesome, and I would like one for my wall:

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