Today will always be the ultimate anniversary, and I don’t care how many years we note it. On November 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs finally did the thing. There is no better sports anniversary, and never will be, as far as I’m concerned. So I will gladly highlight it and celebrate it with vigor every single year.
What I wrote after It Finally Happened. https://t.co/IB4Sv1rFZE
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) November 2, 2021
I probably won’t have QUITE the same level of explosive joy when the Cubs end their five or six or seven year drought in the years ahead (yeah, I said it (like an idiot)), but I think I’m gonna like it a whole lot.
• The Cubs will be hiring a new hitting coach shortly, snagging minor league hitting coordinator Greg Brown from the Rays. But that’s not their only recent poach:
After being the signing scout for Tyler Black (33rd overall 2021) and Zavier Warren (third round 2020) with the Brewers, Pete Vuckovich Jr. will join the Cubs in an international crosschecker role, per sources.
— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) November 1, 2021
• If the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because Vuckovich, the senior, was a former big leaguer who also appeared as slugger Clu Haywood in ‘Major League.’ But Vuckovich, the junior, has been a rising scout for a while in the Brewers’ organization, and now he’s getting a big bump in the Cubs organization. The international crosschecker is one of the highest-level scouting presences an org has on the international side. And while it was already a very important role – think of how critical your international pipeline is – I tend to think it’s going to get only more important if and when the league switches to an international draft.
• Given that Vuckovich was the signing scout for two of the Brewers’ top six picks the last couple years, he was clearly an authoritative voice on the scouting side in an organization that has done rather well. I love to see the Cubs filling back out their front office and scouting staff after last year’s pandemic-influenced reductions (which I suspect were also partly about continuing broader changes that Jed Hoyer had been wanting to make now that he was in the driver’s seat).
• To that point, the Cubs are also hiring more traditional scouts, with the details here.
• I guess I had already been presuming that Zack Scott would not be retained by the Mets, even after ostensibly being sidelined:
Mets acting GM Zack Scott is out of the organization. @martinonyc 1st. Talented guy will likely land on feet elsewhere but sounds like Mets preferred not to wait til his DUI is adjudicated Dec. 8. On a more positive note Mets will get an interview with Raquel Ferreira of Reds Sox
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 2, 2021
• This doesn’t necessarily mean anything TOO major, but we know that the A’s and MLB continue to threaten a move out of Oakland, so they’re going to want to start drumming up more external support no matter what:
The Oakland A’s are emailing Aviators fans, asking them to fill out a survey gauging local fan interest in the A’s possibly relocating to LV and building a new ballpark. #vegas #oakland #MLB pic.twitter.com/RwnNwDNrZN
— Mick Akers (@mickakers) November 1, 2021
• This is certainly wild to watch, but, yeah, wouldn’t come close to flying today:
Just "part of the game" 49 World Series ago… pic.twitter.com/c7q1D2jASM
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) November 2, 2021
• Speaking of old timey footage that is just bonkers:
If this brawl happened today, it would be dissected ad nauseam on TV and social media.
"I’m just amazed that I forgot that," says Keith Hernandez, who was standing at first base.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) November 1, 2021
• The Early Black Friday deals at Amazon today are all about the toys. #ad
• The Bulls did it again:
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) November 2, 2021
• And the Blackhawks actually won for the first time this season:
Enhanced Box Score: Blackhawks 5, Senators 1 — November 1, 2021https://t.co/sUPldK2Vpw
— Bleacher Nation Blackhawks (@BN_Blackhawks) November 2, 2021
• Today is the Trade Deadline in the NFL, and there’s all kinds of stuff the Bears *SHOULD* do on the sell side, but they won’t.