And Jake Arrieta made it three-for-three for Cubs winning awards. That is all.
From Comcast Sportsnet Chicago:
- Patrick Mooney reports that the spotlight is shining from Wrigley. Joe Maddon is ready to help the Cubs recruit free agents. Joe likes to be involved.
- Patrick also writes about how Joe turned the Cubs around and won the Manager of the Year. Joe checks all the boxes and already feels like a North Side institution after one year. "He pulled off the impossible..." Says Theo Epstein.
From CBS Chicago:
- Joe Maddon on Cubs' offseason: We're going shopping at pitchers 'r' us. Joe envisions having an active role and will meet with Cubs brass soon.
- Scott Boras: To be championship caliber, you must 'take steps you've never taken before'. The agent not-so subtly encourages the Cubs to spend big bucks this offseason.
From ESPN Chicago:
- ESPN picks the Cy Young Winners. A panel of experts makes the call. And they were right!
- ESPN analyzes the NL Cy Young race. Who, why?
- And more...detailed analysis, part two. Lots and lots of data. Fun for the analytically-inclined.
- [Audio] Joe Maddon joins David Kaplan and Ben Finfer on their radio show for a wide-ranging interview in which Joe discusses the Cubs and his recent award.
- Jon Greenberg: What will Joe Maddon do for an encore? "The perfect manager today can't be all heart or all brain. He has to be both, and Maddon is."
- Jesse Rogers: Joe Maddon proves again why he's one of the best. Young teams simply don’t win often in baseball. Joe's done it more than once.
- [Video] Pat Hughes talks NL CY Young. Pat talks to Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian about Jake's chances.
- Jake Arrieta built a strong case for the NL CY Young. It was a tough call, but the righthander's stats speak for themselves, and the voters agreed.
From the Chicago Tribune:
- Chad Yoder: After Rookie of the Year, what will Kris Bryant do next? Long-form analysis of the player's possibilities.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Kyle Thele: Los Angeles thinks Jake Arrieta deserved to win the Cy Young. According to a poll done by the Los Angeles Times, a small majority of fans think Jake Arrieta should have been the award winner. And they were right, too!
- Kyle also reports that Joe Maddon wants to open a restaurant in Chicago. Maddon owns a restaurant in Tampa, and his family owns one in his hometown.
- And finally, he reports that David Ross plans to retire at the end of this season. The catcher will play one more year and then hang up his cleats. He is expected to put them back on in a coaching capacity.
From Cubs Den:
- North Side Irish offers the Rumor Thread, discussing many of the same things previously offered, with slightly different twists.
- John Arguello discusses the Manager of the Year. There are good managers and there are impact managers, he says.
From Bleacher Nation:
- Brett Taylor writes that Ken Rosenthal pegs David Price coming to the Cubs if he had to bet, and other possibilities. Links to Rosenthal's original article and other wisdom.
- He winds up with awards, notable deals, and other bullets. Top free agent bargains, who signed where, and words about the Cubs trying to complete the Award trifecta.
- Luke Blaize writes about Chicago Cubs prospects who could impact 2016. Sorted in order of likelihood, a good starting point for discussion.
- Michael Cerami reports on the most overachieving - or fortunate - rotations in baseball in 2015. He picks on the Cardinals a bit. And for good reason.
From Cubs Insider:
- Evan Altman offers the Rundown: Bryant named ROY in unanimous vote, Sammy Sosa's birthday party is turnt, AL ROY results, Rich Hill's rebirth. Justin Bour got votes for the ROY. Names are named. Sammy can party. Rich Hill is a great story.
- Todd Johnson asks which Cubs rookie might have "next" for 2016? Albert Almora? Willson Contreras? Pierce Johnson? Ryan Williams?
- Randy Holt writes about why Alex Gordon is or isn't a fit with the Cubs, and explains his work. Good analysis of the pros and cons in this discussion.
Food for thought:
- Here today, gone tamale - hundreds of tamales tragically seized, destroyed by Feds. Some foods are not allowed to travel across international borders without restrictions. Pork is one of those foods.
- Not Boris, but Smeagol - Eyeless arachnid discovered in underground lair. Not really a spider, a variety of creature called a harvestman, related to the daddy long-legs.
- [Video] Cat won't leave supermarket, parks himself in junk-food aisle. He wants tamales?