CSN -- gettin' it done. There are a LOT of really interesting, and chat worthy, links today. So I hope you'll click.
From Comcast SportsNet
- The Cubs are taking a very cautious approach with some of their injured prospects.
- As the Cubs beat the Phillies, some of the players could see pieces of "The Plan" coming into place.
- Members of the Cubs and White Sox reacted to the passing of San Diego Padres' legend Tony Gwynn.
- Kyle Schwarber is on a home run tear. WHY ARE THE CUBZZ HOLDING HIM DOWN?!?!?!
- The Cubs are not going to rush Arodys Vizcaino, who has looked sharp in the minors.
- Mike Olt thinks he can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm awfully dubious. His mechanics look like a mess to me.
- Once the Cubs have another "sell-off", where does Edwin Jackson fit in? Hopefully, somewhere else.
- Peter Gammons sees a future filled with promise for the Cubs.
- Despite his horrendous start, Nate Schierholtz may be able to help a contender later this year.
From Cubs Den
- A couple reporters are weighing in on Jeff Samardzija trade rumors.
- I don't link often to the Anarchist's Brunch. This edition was on Kyle Schwarber. I link it because, while it's a little over the top, it does have some interesting views on how many Cub fans (probably pointed at the "Theobots," mostly) viewed the recent number one pick.
- One Cubs Den writer dreams of Giancarlo Stanton in a Cub line-up.
- John Arguello takes a little broader view to looking at what the 2015 Cubs could look like. I do believe an "I'll believe it when I see it" mentality is not only justified, but warranted. However, the article does point to how this team may be closer to turning the corner than some seem to think.
- Mike Olt is homering, but striking out. A lot.
- Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro are worthy of All-Star consideration. But they need your votes to get in the starting line-up (it's not going to happen, but I'll play along).
- Mark Gonzalez answered a mailbag that featured at least one asinine question.
- Justin Ruggiano thinks the Miami Marlins' patience with (some) prospects might be a good lesson for the Cubs.
- Can't believe it took this long to get you a Kris Bryant link. But the slugger's career is off and running.
- On the flip side, Jorge Soler just wants to run without injuring himself.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning was honored in Philly on Sunday. He thinks the sale of the Cubs to the Ricketts family could run in conflict with MLB's antitrust exemption.
From the Daily Herald
- These are a few of Len Kasper's favorite things.
- Former Cub skipper Dale Sveum is a hit with the Kansas City Royals.
- CCO (Chicago Cubs Online, not affiliated with the team) has an update on potential draft signings. Leveraging an interview Matt Dorey (Cubs' Director of Amateur Scouting) on the Score, it looks like the Cubs are just conducting their due diligence and will get a lot of their picks signed shortly. This isn't about "secrecy." As Dorey says, it's about crossing the "t"s and dotting the "i"s.
Today's food for thought
- How should we decide which planets to terraform?
- John Oliver interviewed Stephen Hawking.
- Here are 10 scientific ideas that scientists wish you would stop using. Can I assign this as official BCB homework, please?