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Cub Tracks Walks Away

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The team is walking more. Prospects will be walking around new dugouts. Ernie Banks will be walking around the White House. And I'll be walking away from Cub Tracks (temporarily, so stop smiling) to walk on the beach in Belize!

Keep it going, Murph. I'm sure you've never been called Murph.
Keep it going, Murph. I'm sure you've never been called Murph.
David Banks

My wife and I are heading off to Belize for a much needed, and belated, honeymoon. So Al and Josh will be more than capably covering Cub Tracks for the next week. So your assignment, dear readers, is to provide me a Cliff's Notes version of what happened in the Cubs' world during my week away. On to the links.

From Comcast SportsNet

From Cubs Den

  • Third base just might be the deepest position in the Cubs' system.
  • Junior Lake is now the center of attention on the north side.
  • Linking through Cubs Den, Baseball Prospectus had some nice things to say about Kyle Hendricks.
  • A Q&A with Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times. Topics include: Starlin Castro, Jeff Samardzija, and Junior Lake.

From Cubs.com

From ESPNChicago.com

  • Theo Epstein thought the available talent in the international free agent market was worth getting stung with penalties.
  • Ernie Banks tried to dissuade the former junior Senator from Illinois from running for the White House.
  • Welington Castillo is seeing the ball much better, leading to some hot hitting and more walks.
  • Matt Guerrier is seeking a second medical opinion about his elbow. Remember: you never get a second opinion if you liked the first one.
  • Jesse Rogers lobbies for Kris Bryant to be the team's third baseman next season.
From the Chicago Tribune

From the Chicago Sun-Times

  • In a season like this, you have to look for smaller signs of progress. An example: the team is walking more since the all-star break.
  • Jeff Samardzija has great stuff, but is lacking consistency.

From the Daily Herald

Today's food for thought