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Al Yellon

Some more thoughts on how to fix MLB’s video cheating problem

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The league hopes to have some changes in place by Opening Day.

Last week, I wrote this article with an idea of how to fix sign-stealing by video, which has so far resulted in three managers and one executive losing their jobs.

The fix I proposed was taking video review away from teams, eliminating the challenge system and placing replay review control completely with Major League...

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Josh Timmers

MLB Bullets has nothing to say

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Baseball hasn’t move past the sign-stealing scandal yet. In fact, it’s taken on a life of its own. But the Astros aren’t talking.

I was hoping we’d have moved on from the Astros sign-stealing scandal by now, but we haven’t. At least the avalanche of stories about it has slowed to a steady stream.

Jeff Passan looks at the events of the past week and writes baseball has lost its mind. Michael Baumann writes that MLB had hoped that their report...

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Duane Pesice

Baseball history unpacked, January 20

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Cubs and MLB news — Flood recedes, and other stories

... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*. Beware of rabbit holes.

Today in baseball history:

1871 - The first...

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Tim Huwe

Baseball Buzzwords: The player to be named later

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Just how do these sorts of trades work?

Buzzwords. Most topics have them. If you're on the inside of these terms where the definition is largely implied, your needs are likely being met. If the terms are as if foreign, you can act like you understand, or risk looking a fool. The Baseball Buzzwords series will look at some of these odd terms, and try to explain them in bite-sized pieces. Today's term is "player to be named later."

Baseball trades are often...

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Al Yellon

Maybe Kris Bryant will be a Cub in 2020 after all

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There were some clues at the Cubs Convention

All winter, we have been deluged by rumors that Kris Bryant would be traded, presumably so the Cubs could get their payroll below the first luxury tax level of $208 million. There have been rumors connecting him with the Braves, Nationals, Phillies, Mets and others.

But read carefully these remarks from Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein at the Cubs Convention Saturday:

“We expect that (Bryant)...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks was saying Yuuuuu

Louuuuuuu

Cubs and MLB news — balking at the expense, and other stories

Sometimes my tongue is so far in my cheek that it comes out like the spring in a piece of crunchy frog. This may or may not be one of those times. The same wags that defined insanity say a picture is worth a thousand words.

My publisher has other ideas, but I digress. Several thousand words’ worth of baseball poetry below:

Ricketts came out to a crowd with 50% cheers and 50% Boos. Mood is different this year at...

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Cubs could bring Brandon Morrow along slowly in spring

Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow is healthy, which has rarely been the case throughout his Cubs tenure. Morrow should be on schedule for the spring, though the Cubs are keeping open the possibility of bringing him along more slowly than the other pitchers in camp. A different schedule would be purely precautionary, however, per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian (via Twitter).  Morrow arrived in Chicago as the heir apparent to Wade Davis, who had been the heir apparent to Aroldis Chapman before him....

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Sara Sanchez

Crane Kenney on extended netting, the All-Star Game, new coaches and more

Crane Kenney at the World Series rally in 2016 | Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

There’s more than just Marquee Network news at Cubs Convention

The talk of Cubs Convention has been the Marquee Network, but there were a lot of other topics that players, coaches and President of Cubs Business Operations Crane Kenney covered with bloggers and fans this afternoon.

Extended Netting

The Cubs will extend the nets at Wrigley Field in 2020. The nets will not go foul pole to foul pole at...

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Sara Sanchez

Crane Kenney gave fans and bloggers a preview of Marquee Network at Cubs Convention

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... and it looks incredible

Each year Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney takes the time to sit down with a small group of bloggers and take our questions. It’s always a great opportunity to hear more about what Cubs fans can expect around the ballpark but with the launch of Marquee Network next month I was particularly grateful for the opportunity to have some of those questions answered.

One of the most surprising moments of Cubs Convention for me Friday...

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Al Yellon

2020 Cubs Convention Saturday open thread

The Convention will be going on all day Saturday.

ICYMI, Friday night a bit of news was made at the Opening Ceremony of the Cubs Convention as the team’s new TV channel, the Marquee Network, got booed when Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts mentioned it in his opening remarks.

Besides that, Ryan Dempster’s “Off The Mound” show didn’t make any news, unlike last year when Kris Bryant called St. Louis “boring.” Dempster tried to make up for that by saying nice things about the Cardinals....

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Cubs appear to be at a crossroads with Kris Bryant and beyond

The Chicago Cubs are one of two teams without a guaranteed signing this offseason, and there’s a good chance their caution continues. By all accounts, the Cubs should have a chance to return to National League prominence in 2020, only if they make significant strides internally, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times.  On that front, there are definitely issues to address. Star shortstop Javier Baez made the point clearly: "The biggest problem to fix? I think everybody...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks strikes back

Lucky, he wasn’t.

Cubs and MLB news -- The Cubs are coming, The Cubs are coming, and other stories

Well, a bunch of new players were signed today. I suspect the next time we’ll read their names is when they’re DFA’d but hey! this is the offseason that is, and the Cubs Convention has commenced, for what that’s worth. Some of the front-page people are attending.

I’m only there in spirit. Maybe as a poltergeist — I’m just trying to get to the other side of things. Anyway...

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Ricketts: Avoiding luxury tax penalties 'not the defining factor' of Cubs' offseason

The Cubs have done surprisingly little this offseason to date. Despite being amidst a four-team race in the NL Central, their only external additions to the 40-man roster have been Casey Sadler, Jharel Cotton and CD Pelham. If anything, much of the conversation the past few months has revolved around whether the Cubs could subtract from their roster. Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras have emerged as possible trade candidates, although it’s far from certain whether either will ultimately...

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Kris Bryant’s wife responds to those accusing third baseman of faking flu

Kris Bryant’s wife Jessica went on Twitter Friday to shoot down fans who think the third baseman is faking the flu. The Chicago Cubs are holding their 2020 fan convention this weekend, which began with opening ceremonies on Friday. A few reporters notified the public that Bryant was ill and would be making an appearance on Friday, but otherwise might not be around much. Trade talks have surrounded Bryant this offseason, so some skeptical fans thought the illness was an excuse to keep the...

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Al Yellon

Marquee Network booed at Cubs Convention

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Usually, there isn’t news made at the Convention. Friday night, there was.

The Opening Ceremony of the Cubs Convention has been, in recent years, a love-fest. That was especially true after the Cubs won the World Series in 2016.

The Cubs fanbase has been somewhat discontented over the last couple of years, with an early postseason exit in 2018, an October-less season in 2019, and very little action to change the roster this offseason.

And those in attendance at the Cubs...

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Chicago Cubs fans need to make the best of this year’s Cubs Convention

This weekend Chicago Cubs fans from all over will come together for three days full of activities involving their favorite players in downtown Chicago. We are officially halfway through the first month of the year which means it’s time for another Cubs Convention weekend. Names from the past and current roster will be in attendance, […] Chicago Cubs fans need to make the best of this year’s Cubs Convention - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion...

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Al Yellon

Cubs sign Josh Phegley to minor-league deal

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A backup catcher is in the fold.

Some here (I’m looking at you, Deputy!) have been wondering who the Cubs might sign to be their “break glass in case of emergency” catcher, in other words, who would likely wind up starting at Triple-A Iowa and be available in case of an injury to Willson Contreras or Victor Caratini.

And now we have that answer!

Cubs signed catcher Josh Phegley to minor league contract

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Al Yellon

SB Nation FanPulse members think the Astros’ punishment wasn’t harsh enough

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And other results from a quick survey done Friday.

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. During the baseball season, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Cubs fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

It’s not baseball season, but we have certainly had big news this week with punishments handed down in the Astros cheating scandal, and other revelations including three managers losing their jobs. So the...

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Chicago Cubs are developing a new bullpen weapon in CD Pelham

Looking for low-cost options to round out the bullpen, the Chicago Cubs may have struck gold when they traded for left-hander CD Pelham earlier this winter. Sometimes you just have to scratch your head at an offseason. If trades and free agents are falling into your lap or if the name of your team is […] Chicago Cubs are developing a new bullpen weapon in CD Pelham - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Al Yellon

Cubs acquire Casey Sadler from Dodgers

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Going to L.A. is a minor-league infielder.

The Cubs made a minor trade late Friday to give their bullpen more depth, per a press release from the team.

They acquired righthander Casey Sadler from the Dodgers in exchange for minor-league infielder Clayton Daniel. Sadler had been designated for assignment by the Dodgers earlier this week to make room for their signing of Alex Wood.

Sadler, who is 29, was the 25th-round pick of the Pirates in 2010. He...

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