Vogelbach and Alcantara Spring Training HRs

While looking for Vogelbombs on YouTube, I stumbled across these two videos. Alcantara turned on one left handed, and Vogelbach hit an opposite field bomb. This field had a rather large fence. Here's to hoping both keep making the right steps forward. Link to Vogelbomb: Link to Alcantara-bomb:

Profile of the Cubs in Grantland

Rany Jazayerli doesn't say anything that all of us don't already know, but it's always nice to read something positive.

LaTroy Hawkins and Family

Nice story I never knew about an ex-Cub

Marcos Mateo Returned from Arizona

Per Carrie Muskat: The D-backs returned right-handed pitcher Marcos Mateo to the Cubs on Thursday per Rule 5 Draft guidelines. Arizona selected Mateo last December, and he appeared in four Cactus League games, giving up five hits, one walk and striking out three over four innings. Mateo, 29, appeared in 13 big league games with the Cubs over two seasons, 2010-11, but he has struggled with elbow problems. Players selected in the Rule 5 Draft must stay on the Major League roster the entire season or be offered back to their previous club.

Albert Pujols, Douche.

The ex-Cardinal has some awesome thoughts on his teammate Mike Trout.

The Pioneer of Tommy John Surgery has passed away

Rest in Peace to Frank Jobe, a dedicated professional who provided a second chance to countless athletes. He led a great and full life. Interesting note - Jobe initially estimated (Tommy) John's chances of returning to the majors at less than 5 percent.

MLB Announces Revolutionary New Fielding-Tracking System

Sounds like it will make a major change in understanding and evaluating defense.

NYC Finally Got Around to Digitizing Ebbets Field Blueprints

But of course they are crappy low-resolution versions. I have sent off an e-mail to find out if there are high-res versions available for purchase.

Vogelbach loses 30 lbs

Per Carrie Muskat, Mr. Vogelbach has lost 30 more pounds this offseason in hopes to shed the DH Only label. I'm rooting for this kid, and hope his bat becomes what we all hope it becomes. Maybe the 30 lbs would allow him to play a little LF maybe, or maybe not.

The Life of a Baseball Beat Writer

This Hardball Times article is about a month old but still well worth reading. It's a bit of a game-changer for me. As much as the Sullys and Gordos (and, lately, Mooneys) of the world annoy me, they have a pretty grueling job. And when you combine that with following a team that's been losing many more games than it's won over the last few years, maybe their cynicism and impatience is a little easier to understand.

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