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Cub Tracks Makes Fall Preparations

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The Cubs are still almost certainly heading to the playoffs, there's talk of possible awards, and finding the real Prime Meridian in today's Cub Tracks.

Jake is awesome
Jake is awesome
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Russ La Croix is away... well, actually, he's in Chicago attending a family event. I'm also in Chicago, filling in for him on today's Cub Tracks. Russ will be back Tuesday (and will have Heroes & Goats for Saturday's and Sunday's games here Monday morning), in the meantime, here's your Sunday selection of Cubs links.

From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:

From Cubs.com:

  • Phil Rogers says Jake Arrieta is worthy of the Cy Young Award. With three weeks to go in the season... it could still happen.
  • VIDEO: Here's Statcast showing various numbers (velocity, launch angle, etc.) on Kris Bryant's Friday-night home run in Philadelphia.
  • Cubs rookies Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant are a "dynamic duo," writes Carrie Muskat.
  • If you haven't already done so, you can still register to win an opportunity to buy Cubs postseason tickets (through noon September 23).

From ESPN Chicago:

From CBS Chicago:

  • Dan Bernstein says the rest of the Cubs' regular season "doesn't mean much." (I'd beg to differ.)
  • Mark Grote praises Javier Baez' glove and says that might get him on the postseason roster. (I think Baez is probably heading to the playoffs anyway.)

From the Chicago Tribune:

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

From Cubs Den:

From Bleacher Nation:

From Cubs Insider:

Miscellaneous:

  • Remember Will Ferrell's romp through the Cactus League in March, including a stint with the Cubs? It was all for a good charitable cause and you can now watch "Ferrell Takes The Field" on HBO and HBO Now.
  • Paul Sullivan on how former Cubs GM, now Phillies president Andy MacPhail is going to have to adapt to modern methods of baseball management.
  • Barney Schultz, a knuckleball pitcher who had two pretty good years for the Cubs in 1961 and 1962 before being traded to the Cardinals where he helped lead them to the 1964 World Series, died in New Jersey September 6, aged 89. Schultz was also a Cubs coach in 1977.

Today's food for thought: