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Cub Tracks Gets The Call

Congrats to former Cub Greg Maddux and the other greats elected to the Hall of Fame. Beyond the Hall, there's more Tanaka talk, Portillo('s) confusion, the Cubs' chances to regress positively, and another set of space links in today's Cub Tracks.

Courtesy Chicago Cubs

January bores me to pieces. I wish I was a grizzly bear that hibernated through the winter.

From Comcast SportsNet

From Cubs Den

  • A series of Cub notes rehashes some content, but also looks into Homer Bailey, Daniel Nava, and Adys Portillo, who was immediately confused with the Portillo's restaurant chain.
  • The position-by-position breakdown continues with two-thirds of the outfield. I find this strange because that's two positions and the first entry in the series was third base. Watch out... Cubs Den is unpredictable!
  • And the continuing continues with another two-thirds of the outfield. Two-thirds plus two-thirds is more than a full outfield, but click the links. It makes sense.
  • Here's a Cubs-style fantasy baseball outlook.



  • Here are 10 bold predictions for the rest of the winter. I'm not an Insider, so I don't know what the connection to the Cubs is... but I assume there is one, since it was linked to the Cubs' blog page. So there's that.
  • Sammy Sosa has made many "not quite Hall of Fame" material lists.
From the Chicago Tribune
  • Greg Maddux collected the eighth-best win total in baseball history on his way to the Hall. The Chicago Tribune archive looks back at win number one.

From the Chicago Sun-Times

  • Greg Maddux was a dominant force on the mound. But did you remember that his major league debut with the Cubs was as a pinch-runner?

From the Daily Herald

  • Baseball is full of big personalities. But Greg Maddux was always low-key.


Today's food for thought