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League Investigating Body Buzzers, Astros Improvements, Attendance Declines, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Having seen the Bulls live for the first time on Friday, now it’s time for me to head down to Soldier Field to see the Bears. When I made this plan, the Bears were still expected to be a playoff contender with reason to keep dreaming on Mitch Trubisky. Now? Well … I just hope it’s a fun game.

  • The rumors about Astros players possibly having buzzing devices on their bodies to help in the sign-stealing scheme? Maybe it happened, maybe it didn’t, but the rumors are legit enough that MLB is investigating it:

  • Here’s a kicker paragraph: “Players who might have violated league rules have been told by MLB officials they can expect leniency in exchange for answering questions truthfully. But members of the Astros’ front office and coaching staff could face significant punishment upon the investigation’s conclusion if they’re found to have cheated, the sources said. The league has requested to search the phones of certain members of the Astros’ front office, the sources said.”
  • A little analytical reminder that there WAS something going on under the hood with the team’s performance:

  • As for whether other teams have also been electronically stealing signs, while we may want to see them outed and punished, it’s at least as important that the practice simply stops going forward. To that end, so long as MLB absolutely hammers the Astros, it should at least help a little.
  • MLB attendance slipped another 1.5% last year, and good luck blaming that on the weather. Instead, it’s not complicated why attendance keeps going down: the nature of tear-down rebuilding processes, combined with ever-increasing prices, and teams’ reduced reliance on ticket sales/concessions as a sole source of revenue (replaced by TV contracts). At least the Cubs aren’t increasing ticket prices this year.
  • Holy crap that Bulls ending. That was legit one of the best Chicago sports moments of the year, which is good … but actually mostly just says a lot about how crappy the 2019 calendar year has been.
  • Amazon’s Black Friday countdown deals continue, and your Deals of the Day are here, including a cheap MacBook Air. #ad

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.