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Sully refs Doggie Stalker's convention question

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A question Jessica asked Hendry and Quade at the convention is mentioned near the bottom of this story. Interestingly, Sully quotes Hendry's somewhat rambling answer, but didn't mention the "I wasn't making those decisions" comment by Quade that (I thought) was especially illuminating.

Straight Down the Middle, the Long Way

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Yesterday, Justine Siegal walked on Practice Field No. 2 and became what was believed to be the first woman to throw batting practice to a major league team.

Carlos Pena and Fernando Perez help a kid hit

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Nice video of Carlos Pena and Fernando Perez coming across a kid taking batting practice and helping him out.

Cubs Season Ticket Renewal Rate 'Above 90 Percent' (And That Seems Low)

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This via tweet from CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney, quoting Cubs marketing chief Wally Hayward. This is a remarkably low number. In recent past years this rate has been over 99%. If it's only 90%, that's significant.

The Sun-Times' Joe Cowley On Jim Hendry

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I'm not a fan of Cowley's writing, but this piece is pretty fair to Hendry -- on both the positive and negative.

Top Five: Chicago Baseball Spring Training Storylines

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The one in which I foolishly try to meld together storylines from both the Cubs and Sox camps. And, yes, this is shameless self-promotion at its absolute lowest, most base level. How dare you, sir. How dare you.

According to today's HotClicks Zambrano played on an amateur softball team this week. He went 1-3...

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According to today's HotClicks Zambrano played on an amateur softball team this week. He went 1-3 and used his non-throwing hand.

If Cricket can do this, why can't Baseball?

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An interesting read, if for no other reason than Cricket is an interesting sport (with an interesting history). But what stood out to me is this part: "Although cricket is a sport steeped in tradition and clings to its roots in order to preserve as much as possible, American sports fans might be surprised to know that cricket utilized video technology to aid umpires in making line decisions long before baseball decided to check the validity of home runs on replay. The Hawk-eye system currently used to challenge and dispute line calls in tennis was originally developed for cricket and is used as part of cricket's challenge and review system for overturning calls." I've often wondered why an automated system like the one used in tennis couldn't be used in baseball. The fact that it is used in cricket only makes it seem that much more plausible.

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