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Cub Tracks Cranks One Out

Look! Up in the sky!

It's a Schwarbird! It's a Schwarplane!
It's a Schwarbird! It's a Schwarplane!
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

It's Schwarberbomb.

I can't stop looking at that pic. So much win embedded in that windshield.


  • CSN Chicago: Kyle Schwarber's HR ball shatters car windshield. Spring Training got underway with a bang for the Cubs.
  • John Arguello (Cubs Den): Cubs spring photos and notes 2/17: Kyle Schwarber nails car; Addison Russell reports. Plenty of pictures and more info about the events surrounding the Schwarberbomb. And pics of new campers.


  • CBS Chicago: How much center field will Jason Heyward play for the Cubs? A lot. "The way things are set up, Jason’s going to play a lot of center field," Jed Hoyer said. "We have no doubt that he’ll be good out there."
  • Patrick Mooney (CSN Chicago): More than just a pretty bat. Cubs banking on Jason Heyward's Gold Glove defense.
  • Carrie Muskat ( Jason Heyward working with movement coach. Lilian Abdelmalek works with him to get faster.


  • Carrie Muskat ( Role not set, Javier Baez gets in outfield reps. Does this mean Baez, who at one time was projected as the starting second baseman, is an outfielder now?

    "I don't know," Baez said, smiling. "I guess we have to wait until the games start to see. I'm pretty sure I'll be rotating."

  • Rob Ogden (Chicago Sun-Times): Javier Baez working with outfielders at spring training. The 23-year-old has been working with Cubs outfield coach Doug Dascenzo.
  • Matthew Schottler (Grading on the Curve): Javier Baez: Super-utility role for Cubs in 2016? Baez presents immense upside for the Chicago Cubs, but his strikeout rate leaves the Cubs wanting more. 2016 offers the best chance to crack the MLB roster out of Spring Training.


Touching them all:

  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): Spring Training miscellany: Javier Baez outfield catch, Kris Bryant slo-mo crush, early arrivers, more. Pics and fun things. A certain BCB honcho is name-checked.
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune): Chris Bosio: Cubs' good feelings carry over to 2016, thanks to Joe Maddon.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Early spring arrivals signal good things for Cubs. Lead-by-example, togetherness, fostering a positive team atmosphere, those kind of things.
  • Mike Rankin (Cubbies Crib): Jed Hoyer talks versatility, value within 2016 Cubs. "Versatility," Hoyer says, "is a major strength of this club and will be among the many aspects of expected success on the North side in 2016."
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): The Cubs really killed it at second base this offseason. We could have had Howie Kendrick.

Big Fly:

  • Joaquin Selva (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Meeting in the middle on the language of baseball. Many Latino players (especially the younger, foreign-born ones) face problems expressing themselves in the media. Major League Baseball recently took a big step towards ensuring that Spanish-speaking players are more comfortable in interviews by requiring that every team carry two full-time Spanish interpreters, starting this season.

A Pound of Prevention:

  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune): Protecting arms of starters a priority for Cubs in spring training. "...we're going to use our depth. We have the depth, so we're going to try to take advantage of it in a small way,'' said Chris Bosio.
  • Carrie Muskat ( Chris Bosio already hard at work with early arrivals. "If Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio isn't talking to his pitchers before or after their bullpen sessions in Spring Training, he's often on the golf course with them. It's a perfect ice breaker."
  • George Cotugno (Born on Third): Dominant bullpen on the horizon? The Cubs bullpen has a chance to be dominant. An examination of the possibilities.
  • Chicago Cubs Online: Baseball America considers Willson Contreras the second-best catching prospect in the game. Baseball America is not as high on the prospects in the Cubs’ system as MLB Pipeline, Baseball Prospectus and Keith Law. Discusses prospect's prospects.

Food for thought:

  • Daniel Clery (Science): Super-earth may have cyanide for air. 55 Cancri e, as the world is known, wouldn’t make a super holiday destination with a surface temperature of 2000°C, and hydrogen, helium, and hydrogen cyanide to breathe. But it would be a fine home for the Cardinals during the regular season.
  • Christie Wilcox (Discover): Orgasmic fungi. Expedition Ecstacy: Sniffing out the truth about Hawaii's orgasm-inducing mushroom. Countless hours of research and reporting had culminated in this moment.Remember it for next Valentine's Day. If you're near Hawaii...
  • Will Knight (MIT Technology Review): The best AI program still flunks an eighth-grade science test. But Bill Engvall still thinks Jeff Foxworthy should be wearing a sign.

I can almost smell the fresh-mown grass, the hotdogs, the sun on bare shoulders...Spring Training is nearly here. I could almost wax rhapsodic. Especially since I'm Bohemian...but I'll sing that song another time. Smell YOU later.