Giants Hire Kapler, Cubs Going to Vegas, Zobrist Still Working, Counsell Don't Care, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Giants Hire Kapler, Cubs Going to Vegas, Zobrist Still Working, Counsell Don’t Care, and Other Cubs Bullets

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  • The Cubs are headed back to Las Vegas this Spring Training: they’ll be playing the Reds March 7-8 after a one-year hiatus in the Las Vegas series. Check your schedules accordingly, and I’m gonna see if I can take a business trip to Vegas …
  • The Giants finally concluded their managerial search, somewhat surprisingly going with Gabe Kapler over Joe Espada. In the end, Kapler’s previous relationship with Farhan Zaidi in the Dodgers’ organization was probably too much for anyone else to overcome:

  • I tend to think Kapler’s time with Philadelphia – where the front office really wanted to keep him, but the owner disagreed – is more of a boost to his candidacy than a harm. It was big market, big pressure experience. Interesting to think about how that cuts as maybe teams are going back toward hiring managers with experience:

  • Obviously the Cubs went the extreme other route, arguably hiring the least experienced candidate available in David Ross. But as we’ve seen with many other inexperienced managers, it can work. And certainly, the Cubs are thinking about the experience piece:

  • And hey, consider how little experience Rocco Baldelli had before taking over the Twins – and he just won the AL Manager of the Year. Mike Shildt won it for the NL, and then Craig Counsell, who did not win, immediately shat on the award:

  • There was, extremely briefly, a discount on the new AirPods last week at Amazon, and I missed it. So I saw this morning that they were doing it again, and this time I jumped on it. The only rub is that demand must be insane, because the shipping time went from 1 to 2 days when I clicked, to 1 to 3 MONTHS by the time I ordered. I suspect it won’t actually take THAT long, but anyway. That’s nuts.
  • Anyway, your other Amazon Deals of the Day are right here, including cast iron cookware, coats, and furniture. #ad
  • No update on Ben Zobrist’s plans for next season, though he’s staying ready:

  • We’ll continue to do our best to keep things on the level, Jed. 🙂
  • More on the Cubs’ loss of Scott Harris, who became the Giants new GM under President Farhan Zaidi:

  • Coby White had a record night for the Bulls last night if you’re curious about a very fun, even if not always competitive, young Bulls team:

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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.