Cubs Poaching from Brewers, Wild Old Footage, the Greatest Anniversary, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Cubs Poaching from Brewers, Wild Old Footage, the Greatest Anniversary, and Other Cubs Bullets

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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.

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.

Meanwhile …

•   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:

•   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:

•   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:

•   This is certainly wild to watch, but, yeah, wouldn’t come close to flying today:

•   Speaking of old timey footage that is just bonkers:

•   The Early Black Friday deals at Amazon today are all about the toys. #ad

•   The Bulls did it again:

•   And the Blackhawks actually won for the first time this season:

•   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.

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.