He probably didn't write it, but his "letter" is heartwarming.
From Comcast Sportsnet Chicago:
- Starlin Castro thanks Chicago in vulnerable open letter in the Player's Tribune. "I tried to treat it like a new beginning. And it paid off..." Classy.
From CBS Chicago:
- Bruce Levine: Will Sammy Sosa's candidacy for the Hall of Fame be affected by relaxed stance on PED era? "The ballots are in, and it’s quite evident that an alleged user of performance-enhancing drugs will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in late July." Namely, Mike Piazza.
- Starlin Castro thanks Cubs organization, fans in Player's Tribune: You believed in me. "While admitting his six-year career in Chicago was "full of ups and downs," the 25-year-old Castro expressed nothing but thanks for those in the organization."
From the Chicago Tribune:
- Paul Sullivan: Sammy Sosa fighting to stay on Hall of Fame ballot. Is this Sammy Sosa’s last chance on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot? He's been trending downward.
- Starlin Castro thanks fans in online letter.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Javier Baez back to second base in Winter league playoffs. The Cubs are keeping Baez on the move.
- Starlin Castro bids Cubs heartfelt farewell in Players' Tribune letter. "To the Cubs organization: I’d like to thank you — for everything," Castro wrote. "You gave me an opportunity, you believed in me and you were always honest with me. You didn’t just help me grow as a player; you helped me become an adult."
From Cubs Den:
- John Arguello: Cubs top prospects, 6-10. "...we're at the point where we are getting to the players with big impact potential and/or high probability of being starting big league starters."
From Bleacher Nation:
- Brett Taylor: Pitcher aging curves, plate discipline, and thinking differently. As applied to Jon Lester, based on a fangraphs article.
- Michael Cerami: Prospect notes. Eddy Julio Martinez, Jeimer Candelario, Willson Contreras, Pierce Johnson, and others who are close to the big leagues. Includes Keith Law notes about Albert Almora and Johnson.
From Cubs Insider:
- Michael Canter: The Rundown: HOF voting updates, why Sammy Sosa deserves to make it, and Budweiser's real men of genius. "I have a problem with the way votes are cast and tabulated for induction. It pains me further when baseball writers feel the need to explain their ballots." I agree.
- Sports Mockery: George Castle: The GM who "Frey-ed and Zimmer-ed" the Chicago Cubs. "Present management is finally cleaning up the mess begun 25 years ago."
- Thank you, Chicago. Starlin Castro thanks fans and the organization. "It started with a home run."
- Thomas Carannante: Javier Baez to develop into the next Ben Zobrist for Joe Maddon? "It's unknown how Chicago Cubs youngster Javier Baez will be used in 2016, but many believe they have an idea." Based on Gordon Wittenmyer article.
- CCO: A good review on Javier Baez's center field defense. Peter Gammons tweet quoted: "Am told when Javier Baez has played CF, been good, instinctive, threw Caguas runner out at the plate."
- Baseball Essential: Seth Poho: Classic threads: Chicago Cubs. Let’s look back at the long history of the Cubs wardrobe. [SLIDESHOW]
- Shawn Ramsey: Will Cubs sign Jake Arrieta to long-term deal before second arbitration hearing? Not really much of an answer here. Worth discussing though.
- Anthony Rizzo's swing: A series of gifs to enjoy. 1/6/12 was the day Rizzo became a Cub.
- Starlin Castro's walk-up song. [VIDEO]
- Castro copies Bryant. [VIDEO]
- Starlin Castro's 1st home run. [VIDEO] Remember when a Starlin was born?
- Thank you, Starlin. [VIDEO]
Food for thought:
- Black Hole caught burping gas supply. Great meal! Thanks! "Astronomers have spotted two huge waves of gas being "burped" by the black hole at the heart of a nearby galaxy."
- Twins of "superstar" Eta Carinae found in other galaxies. Isn't that one of the Cubans the Cubs are looking at? Heh. "Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system located within 10,000 light-years of Earth, is best known for an enormous eruption seen in the mid-19th century that hurled an amount of material at least 10 times the sun's mass into space."
- "Underground Battery" could store energy, CO2. Meeting the Paris Climate Agreement takes some creativity.
- Meeting the Paris Climate Agreement goal of limiting the increase in the global average temperature to well below two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels will require increased use of renewable energy and reducing the CO2 intensity of fossil energy use.
See you Sunday.