I really did a poor job planning my CubsCon travel this year. My flight is scheduled to arrive tomorrow in the early afternoon, affording me very little time to do something critically important before I get to the Convention to start live streaming and what-have-you: get donuts from Do-Rite Donuts, across from Wrigley Field. They are sufficiently stupid good that I just cannot, CANNOT enter into the weekend without inhaling a few of those babies. But, man, it’s gonna be a sprint to make it happen.
Relatedly: if you’re gonna be around for the Convention, look for me wandering around in an Obvious Shirt, and come say hey! After the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, I’ll be at Lizzie McNeill’s, which is next to the Sheraton, having a very reasonable volume of beverages. Let’s be real life friends!
- Imagine driving down the road, and suddenly Sammy Sosa calls you to talk about his Hall of Fame case. This is a great read:
"I wanted personally to call you," the voice on the other end of the line said to @MarcCarig, "and say thank you…"
— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) January 15, 2020
- Ultimately, my opinions on Sammy Sosa are largely unchanged – I still wish he and the Cubs could find a way back together for the nostalgia, I still think he’s shy of being an obvious Hall of Famer when you really dig into the numbers, I still think he more likely than not used PEDs, and I still don’t really find that to be a determinative Hall factor given the context at the time of a sport that was borderline encouraging it. I do wish Sosa’s importance to the Cubs and to the game – what he was for the sport in the second half of the ’90s – would get more love. But the reality is, the Ricketts Family has more or less been clear: Sammy is not welcome back into the fold until he speaks about what happened in the PED Era. I do wish he would speak about it, because we’ve already seen for so many players, just being open about the era has had a cleansing effect.
- Javy Baez and Matt Chapman with the best infield arms in baseball – and Baez led at shortstop by a mile:
One cool thing about new Defensive Runs Saved is we can look at individual infield components
Most IF Arm Runs Saved (2019)
Javier Báez 11
Matt Chapman 11
Yolmer Sánchez 8
Trailer: Fernando Tatis Jr. (-13)
(see @mike_petriello article)
— Sports Info Solutions (@SportsInfo_SIS) January 15, 2020
- Various Astros managerial interview news, including Cubs third base coach Will Venable:
According to MLB sources a working list of candidates the #Astros are considering in their process to replace manager AJ Hinch includes Joe Espada, Jeff Banister, Dusty Baker, Buck Showalter, Bruce Bochy, Will Venable (Cubs 3rd base coach) & Raúl Ibañez pic.twitter.com/aA9O2n6pGv
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 15, 2020
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 16, 2020
- It does seem more likely than not that the Astros, if they hurry to hire a full-time manager before Spring Training, will go with a veteran manager on a shorter-term deal. It’s a helluva lot to ask of a young, inexperienced guy to go into that situation at all, let alone with almost no time to prepare AND no GM.
- What in the world is this opinion? Coming from a Mets employee, to boot:
“To go public with it and call them out and start all of this, it’s hard to swallow.”
— Golic and Wingo (@GolicAndWingo) January 16, 2020
- This amounts to blaming the guy who brought the cheating to light, because he instead should have just kept it private? Is that really a culture we should be underscoring? If there’s dirty shit happening in a clubhouse – cheating or something much worse – the idea that “it stays in the clubhouse” should absolutely not apply. Being on a team is not cover for serious misbehavior that impacts people outside that clubhouse. Maybe Mendoza was just caping for the manager of her team, who is firmly in the crosshairs for his significant role in the Astros’ cheating when he was a player.
Mets people are said to be very down about this Beltran situation. He is well-liked and people upset on his behalf. Still awaiting word on a tough call for them.
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) January 16, 2020
- Maybe it’s just my tinted glasses, but this is not a very impressive farm system:
Top 34 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals https://t.co/BxwvGMInrT
— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) January 15, 2020
- Vitamins, proteins, and blenders are among your Deals of the Day at Amazon today. #ad
- Willson dropping the wisdom:
You’re not perfect. You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to fall short of your own expectations at times. You’ll have moments you fail in things you are “supposed” to be able to do. It’s part of being human. Forgive yourself, forgive others, learn the lesson and move on.
— Willson Contreras (@WContreras40) January 16, 2020
- I have jokes:
Opinion: The Cubs should not have been penalized for using drones to intercept their fly balls and then carry them over the wall for home runs. The technology exists, and the Cubs should be applauded for seeking a competitive advantage. https://t.co/kzfqJMqk7p
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) January 16, 2020
- It’ll totally work, too:
LA City Council to vote on resolution demanding Dodgers be awarded 2017 and 2018 World Series trophies.
— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) January 16, 2020