The weather is not looking good for trick-or-treat tomorrow night, and I am bummed. I love taking the kids out and around, seeing all the other kiddos dressed up, running wild. Seeing all the decorations. Sorting the kids’ candy with them. Stealing their best bars. All that good stuff. Please chill, rain.
- The Cubs’ new Director of Hitting, Justin Stone, saw a Javy Baez card in the pack his daughter had opened, and wound up taking to Twitter to turn it into a deep discussion about swing mechanics and optimizing physical health for the rotational demands of baseball:
This position is both advantageous and dangerous at the same time.
This thread will open your eyes to the importance of your weight room work, outside of your skill work … pic.twitter.com/D0VKUOZnCU
— Justin Stone (@elite_baseball) October 30, 2019
- Check out the thread if you want the details. The gist, as I understand it (though Stone is primarily talking to young athletes), is that we need to do a better job thinking about the way players develop and protect their bodies specific to the demands of baseball. You can have the best swing mechanics in the world – or the best physique in the world – but if those two things are not in align with each other in very specific ways, you won’t be maximizing your results.
- That immediately makes me think about the two guys the Cubs hired last year from the NFL to work on their players’ physical conditioning, and how they have a very modern perspective on fitness (360 view on training, conditioning, mental skills, nutrition, sport science, technology, etc.). It took the Cubs a few years too long to get to this place, but they’re getting there.
- After 10 years – literally a decade! – the sale of the Cubs to the Ricketts Family might finally be close to being a settled thing in the eyes of the IRS:
Tom Ricketts said he wasn't at David Ross' introductory press conference with #Cubs on Monday because he was in Washington D.C. for a "discussion between the Tribune Corp. and the IRS" and he was requested to be there to share details of Tribune's sale of #Cubs to his family.
— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) October 30, 2019
- Extremely long story short: when the Tribune, under Sam Zell, was selling the Cubs, they required it to be in a “leveraged partnership” transaction so that they could avoid/defer taxes for at least a 10 year period. The IRS took issue with that type of transaction (the Tribune was doing it a lot back then), and it’s been a federal case, so to speak, since then. My understanding is that there is no significant risk exposure here for the Cubs or the Ricketts.
- Computers, TV shows, and food processors are among your Deals of the Day at Amazon today. #ad
- The absurdity of the runner’s lane/interference rule, in one image:
Okay the rule book says you need to be in the base path in foul ground for 45 feet before you step back into fair ground at the bag. Here’s what a righty would do in order to be by the rule book. Have you seen a righty run like this because if you had I would like video pic.twitter.com/llvnY4xWsV
— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) October 30, 2019
- I’m so sorry for doing that thing that made people take notice and talk about our sport:
Alex Bregman issued an apology after carrying his bat with him to first base following his first-inning home run ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/8ZHY7NtIq3
— ESPN (@espn) October 30, 2019
- Juan Soto, who did the same thing as Bregman after Bregman did it, offers the much better, simpler response:
Juan Soto, on why he carried his bat to first base, after Alex Bregman did the same: "I just thought it looked pretty cool. I wanted to do it."
— Andy McCullough (@ByMcCullough) October 30, 2019
- The Astros remain very good at picking up tipped pitches:
Tom Verducci asked Stephen Strasburg what adjustment he made after the first inning. "I started shaking my glove so they didn't know what I was throwing," Strasburg said. Correcting pitch-tipping midgame isn't usually that easy!
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 30, 2019
- Robel is playing winter ball:
After a slow start, Robel Garcia has homered in his last two games in the Dominican Winter League. He’s hitting 179/289/385 in 12 contests. Strikeouts have slowed recently after a ton early on.
— Cubs Prospects – Bryan Smith (@cubprospects) October 28, 2019
- Brennen Davis is already doing good:
Huge thank you to Basha Baseball Alumni and Chicago Cubs Organiztional Player of the Year Brennen Davis for the team cleats! We are so grateful and very proud of all you’ve accomplished! @cubs @BrennenDavis__ pic.twitter.com/EZDXzFlAzU
— Basha Baseball (@BashaBaseball) October 29, 2019