I woke up feeling like a balloon family had moved into my sinuses. Not like gunk, mind you, just pressure. So much pressure. Cheers!
- Rightly, MLB is pretty serious about rooting out future sign-stealing issues through tech:
MLB is working to figure out a technological, un-stealable overhaul to pitcher-catcher communication. Earpieces are just the beginning (and actually probably won't work). https://t.co/T4V9MkT0eh pic.twitter.com/0EYRVcdhRe
— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) January 6, 2020
- Next plan? Brain implants! Things are going to get REALLY messed up when the Astros/Cardinals start hacking those …
- Love to see the Cubs continuing to dive very deep on finding coaching talent for the organization, and adding more beef to their overhauled development infrastructure:
SOURCE: @BisonBaseball pitching coach James Ogden is leaving the program to become a Minor League pitching coordinator in the @Cubs system. Ogen spent the last 14 seasons with the program. #Cubs #Lipscomb
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) January 6, 2020
- Not a coincidence: the Cubs have drafted a couple pitchers from Lipscomb the last few years (Jeff Passantino and Chris Kachmar), so it’s likely they had developed a relationship with Ogden a while ago.
- Really interesting read on all the things MLB has not yet been able to study about the juiced baseball. So far, based on everything we’ve seen from the league (and the independent studies), your best bet is that the ball will remain *somewhat* juiced this year, though perhaps slightly less so as various controls are implemented. Meanwhile, because we now have a better understanding of how there is significant variance between batches, I expect we’ll see periods of time where balls seem super juicy, and then quickly don’t seem juiced at all.
- Relatedly, you are reminded that evaluating player performance at AAA in 2019 was more or less impossible:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) January 7, 2020
- Cast iron cookware, treadmills, and more are your Deals of the Day at Amazon today. #ad
- Jon Lester is 36 today:
- That was a very good day:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 6, 2020
- Very cool candid shot of Mr. Cub at work:
— BaseballHistoryNut (@nut_history) January 7, 2020
- Can’t wait to see what Chris Morel looks like this year. Injuries limited his time in 2019, but the raw talent is obvious as heck:
This is the most fun player to watch play baseball in the Cubs system. Plays his heart out, has fun out there, always swings from his heels, always looks to make the big play.
His development will be a long test of refinements that don’t combat his instincts. https://t.co/9YtaD7IMYh
— Cubs Prospects – Bryan Smith (@cubprospects) January 7, 2020