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Our first tracking of March has several articles on why the team is already thinking about July, why the future is bright as Cub prospects turn -- and try and take off -- heads, looking at college pitching prospects, and why some Cubs are hating on a hot dog.
I could write something witty here. Instead I'll just direct you down to the cubs.com section so we can start talking about the Chicago dog controversy.
From Comcast SportsNet
- Alfonso Soriano is one of the club's elder statesmen, but this group is making him feel young.
- Jeff Samardzija knows the Cubs better get off to a good start - or else.
- Who will close for the Cubs? Carlos Marmol presumably has the inside track, but Kyuji Fujikawa also wants the job.
- Brett Jackson is going to have to overwhelm to change the Cubs' plan to start him in Triple-A.
- (Video) Shark also says he needs to put pressure on himself to be as serious as he can.
- (Video) Dale Sveum is impressed by the young talent the club is collecting.
- (Video) Sports Talk Live talks about Harry Caray's legacy.
- (Video) Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan says his best moment would be a Cubs World Series win.
From Cubs Den
- When it comes to the Cubs' record, Theo wants to avoid the middle ground.
- Cub notes, amateur and zygote edition: Some good notes on college arms, including a Nevada pitcher who is shooting up the draft boards and could be considered in the top five, why it's already looking less likely the Cubs will be able to grab one of Tim Huwe's (and Buster Olney's, presumably) favorites in the second round, a Jacksonville pitcher who could be an early round pick, and the Cubs best Dominican Summer League player is being noticed in part for walking four batters in nearly 75 innings. That's right. Four.
- Prospect Junior Lake has classic boom or bust potential.
- Mark Prior's comeback attempt is a haunting reminder for the Cubs.
- With the help of his coaches, Carlos Marmol is keeping it simple.
- Shark wants to win the right to start on opening day.
- With Anthony Rizzo away, Steve Clevenger will get a shot to play first base.
- Rule 5 pick Hector Rondon is feeling good through his first two outings.
- Manager Dale Sveum has been checking on the palate coverage of prospect Logan Watkins. No, that's not a typo.
- (Video) The Cubs are aiming for a big turnaround this year.
- (Video) Scott Hairston knows he has to be versatile this year for the Cubs.
- (Video) Controversy alert!! Some Cubs aren't big fans of Chicago hot dogs. Blasphemy!
- A panel of ESPN experts ranked the Cubs 6th in their future rankings, still looking up at the Cardinals (Insider). And it is no surprise it is the big league club talent that is holding the club back.
- (Video) Keith Law talks about the Cubs' bright future.
- Welington Castillo is ready to make the most of his opportunity.
- (Video) Dale Sveum talks about Jorge Soler's rocket throw.
- The Cubs manager is also bracing for change.
- Darnell McDonald could offer the team a strong right-handed bat off the bench.
- Heads are still shaking thinking about the rocket off the bat of Javier Baez that nearly knocked the melon right off the shoulders of Dodgers' infielder Dee Gordon.
- Cub stories this spring feature a prospect, a veteran, and a reclamation project.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- The players are focusing on having a good record before the "sell by" date comes around this summer.
- Steve Clevenger is working on his versatility.
- Fellow catcher Dioner Navarro has been inspired by his wife's brush with death.
From the Daily Herald
- Dependable David DeJesus will be in center field, at least for now.
- Confirming what we already knew, the team will rotate Scott Hairston and Nate Schierholtz in right field.
Today's food for thought
- Astronomers have their first image of an alien planet forming.