Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Bring Umps for Live BP, Baez Accountability, Catching Drills, Morrow, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Bring Umps for Live BP, Baez Accountability, Catching Drills, Morrow, More

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Today was officially reporting day for position players at Cubs camp, but it seems that everyone was already around – that is often the case – so it didn’t really feel like anything official. Tomorrow is the first full-squad workout day, so that might be something special.

  • It is February 16, and there are Cubs pitchers and catchers working in live BP with an UMPIRE behind the plate. This is quite a change from recent years, and definitely indicates a heightened level of attention to maxing out player preparation:

  • Very cool to get this kind of look at an early Spring Training bullpen, by the way:

  • The Cubs’ pitch-framing guru is getting after it:

  • Yu Darvish throwing next to Dillon Maples is a whole lot of plus-plus pitches:

  • Brandon Morrow’s latest ailment, stomach issues, took him out for about a week:

  • The new guy takes Addison Russell’s old number, after he had his original number taken by Jason Heyward … who has the number the new guy would have otherwise taken:

  • Javy Baez in the fancy shots:

  • Free time:

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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.