I dislike the Oscars and other big award shows. Why? Because sports writers think they are witty when they do show tie-ins.
From Comcast SportsNet
- The Royals say they know Dale Sveum can develop young players.
- The team's former manager has no regrets with the Cubs or Starlin Castro.
- Speaking of the Cub's shortstop, his injury puts Javier Baez in the spotlight. Like he wasn't before?
- Mike Olt wants a shot to win the starting job at third base. Don't we all?
- Would Rick Renteria let one of the Cubs attend the Oscars like Adam Dunn?
- Jeff Samardzija thinks the team has the right building blocks in Javier Baez and Kris Bryant. So, then, Jeff... about that extension...
- Jason Hammel knows how the Cubs operate at the trade deadline. Rent, Jason.
From Cubs Den
- A "new" pitcher may be entering the conversation near the top of the 2014 draft board. The problem I see is an extra letter in that first name.
- The Cubs struggled seemingly forever to find a third baseman. Now the future of the position looks good.
- One of the best traits the Cubs' big prospects are showing is patience.
- Javier Baez is showing much better patience this spring.
- You can see his first spring homer here. The kid dazzled a bit with the glove, too.
- Junior Lake is getting plenty of practice in his full-time switch to the outfield.
- The club is happy with the progress and attitudes of the big prospects.
- Wesley Wright is shrugging off his first Cactus League outing.
- Harry Caray was remembered on Saturday on what would have been the broadcasting legend's 100th birthday.
- Javier Baez answered questions in a mailbag. Perhaps of most interest was a question about a possible position switch. Baez responded that he likes second base best, after shortstop (of course).
- The injury to Starlin Castro doesn't change the Cubs' spring plans for Baez.
- (Audio) Jesse Rogers got Kris Bryant to sit down for a podcast.
- In a contractual formality, the Cubs signed 19 players.
From the Chicago Tribune
- (Video) Chris Bosio talks about the rehab of reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.
- (Video) In a follow-up to Sunday's edition of Cub Tracks, Aaron Cunningham talks about selling socks.
- Rick Renteria is a student of all phases of the game.
- The manager also gave some words of encouragement to James McDonald after his rough first outing.
- Could Theo Epstein top a Casablanca script?
- (Video) Jason Hammel talked about knocking off the rust.
- (Video) Darwin Barney talks about moving back over to play some shortstop.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Edwin Jackson wants to put his 18 loss season behind him.
- Darwin Barney is sticking with his day job and giving up acting, for now.
- George Kottaras' dog has become the team's unofficial spring mascot.
- Starlin Castro's injury has increased the clamor for more Baez.
From the Daily Herald
- The team's starting rotation should be good from the start of the season, but how long can that last?
- A little ways down in this Fangraphs notes column, Jason McLeod talks about "missing" on Javier Baez when he was with the Padres.
- Apparently, at least according to a Kansas City TV station, the Cubs didn't lose to the Royals on Sunday after all.
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Today's food for thought
- This is what it looks like when Saturn's rings disappear from view.
- This infographic tracks all of the deaths in Shakespeare's works.