Spring Training Miscellany: The Cubs Lineup for Tomorrow, Wiener Dog Action, Schwarber and the Nats, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: The Cubs Lineup for Tomorrow, Wiener Dog Action, Schwarber and the Nats, More

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Cubs-Padres is tomorrow at 2:10pm CT, with Kyle Hendricks making the start. We’ve also got an early look at the lineup, via Patrick Mooney.

Here’s how much you can take away from who gets the start in the first Cactus League game: zero. For now, a lotta guys are gonna get starts and at bats, and whether it’s Bote at second or Vargas at second in that group – for example – it isn’t really telling you anything.

Nice to see P.J. Higgins get the first start behind the plate, though. Not because it MEANS anything, but because you would love for him to emerge this year as a viable third catcher and possible back-up in 2022. He’s got a bat that could be average or better in the big leagues, and he’s versatile enough to play the corner infield spots, too. Really nice back-up catcher profile over the next few years, potentially.

I’m not saying people aren’t happy to see Cubs players getting after it in practice – the final just-practice day before Spring Training games begin – but I think most of the joy associated with the day was courtesy of Anthony Rizzo’s wiener dog, Kevin:

https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1366081602242023425

https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1366199927487877121

 

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The two are not necessarily an obvious pitching style fit together, but Miller has historically been a big-time control guy, so there’s that:

https://twitter.com/Tyson_Miller07/status/1366114236942872577

There’s also the simple fact that anyone can learn something from Kyle Hendricks. I could probably learn some fancy accounting tip.

Baseball got underway for most non-Cubs teams today, which included the Washington Nationals and new left fielder Kyle Schwarber, who immediately showed something he does exceptionally well:

Deals deals deals:

Great shot of Brennen Davis lookin’ cool:

 

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Over with the Orioles, the return of baseball meant the return of Trey Mancini, who had been battling colon cancer over the past year:

https://twitter.com/Orioles/status/1366178095213010953



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.