Hi, it's Josh. Russ is on vacation this week so I'm pinch-hitting on Cub Tracks for him. Since MLB is in the All-Star Break and there's not a lot of Cubs news. So I thought I'd just focus on all the European Football transfer rumors and updates the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Yes, I'm joking.
From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Joe Maddon says the Cubs would consider calling up Kyle Schwarber to catch if Miguel Montero sidelines him for an extended period of time.
- Starlin Castro knows that he needs to start producing at the plate more in the second half.
- All-Star Anthony Rizzo's success is no surprise to Adrian Gonzalez. Rizzo was part of the package the Red Sox sent to the Padres in exchange for Gonzalez.
- Patrick Mooney says that Kris Bryant can't carry the Cubs lineup all by himself.
- Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are looking forward to playing baseball at Wrigley Field in October. Us too.
- Joe Maddon plans on spending the All-Star break in the same hotel he spent the 2008 All-Star Break. That was the year that the Rays went to the World Series.
- Kyle Schwarber is the talk of two towns, writes Anthony Castrovince. Those two towns being Chicago and Cincinnati. Boy, I've seen a lot of Reds fans on the net who want to trade Johnny Cueto for Kyle Schwarber. (Don't worry. It's not happening.)
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jon Greenberg thinks the Cubs and the White Sox look pretty similar right now, but that they're heading in different directions. (The Cubs heading in the good direction.)
- Jesse Rogers has highlights and lowlights from the first half of the season.
- Jake Arrieta ended the first half with a bang.
From CBS Chicago:
- The Cubs TV ratings are double what they were last season. WLS must be very happy.
- Javier Baez is cleared to start swinging a bat.
From the Chicago Tribune:
- The Cubs don't plan to call up Kyle Schwarber to catch. Yet.
- The Cubs aren't close to making any deals at the moment, but that could change quickly.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- It was a special moment for both to have his dad throw to Kris Bryant at the Home Run Derby.
From the Daily Herald:
- Jason Hammel won't need to go on the disabled list, and that's huge for the Cubs, writes Connor McKnight.
From Cubs Den:
- Paul Sigrist argues Bryant and Rizzo should have skipped the Home Run Derby. I don't think we can really draw any conclusions with the new format though.
From Bleacher Nation:
- Brett Taylor is doing his annual "Blog-A-Thon."
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- A look at trade rumors surrounding possible pitchers who the Cubs could pick up before the deadline.
From Cubs Insider:
- An appreciation of Kris Bryant's fashion choices at the Home Run Derby.
Today's food for thought:
- There were several new trends evident at the 61st Annual Fancy Foods Show. Mmm. Waffles.
- You're (probably) not salting your food enough. Don't listen to the anti-salt fascists.
- Soon you'll actually be able to purchase The Simpsons' Duff Beer. As long as you're in South America or Europe, that is.
- Have you ever wondered what Tapioca is?