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Hey look! More David Ross, and other bullets

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It’s easy to feel the warm fuzzies after David Ross’ appointment as Cubs skipper. It’s potentially a very good thing, and certainly something that seems to have satisfied a goodly percentage of the Cubbie Blue Laundry Cult.

Once the press conference is over, though, we’ll be back to snafu territory, and I’m keeping that in mind as I view the once-lowly Astros playing in the Fall Classic for the second time in three years. There’s still considerable work to be done, and I’m sure that the Cubs’ brain-trust is also keeping that in mind as player re-signing and free agency hew ever closer. People helping people, right? Help the Cubs help themselves to an on-base machine with a pillow for a glove, a cheap backup contact hitter, and a couple of dependable power arms, o gods of baseball. Show them the way.

That Selena Gomez song is really terrible and annoying, don’t you think? Damn. Seven consecutive commercials? If I wanted to ‘experience amazing’ I’d watch Johnathon.

Anyway it isn’t an accident that Houston is there and the Cubs ain’t. Everyone and his heavy brother has held forth on the need for player development — I hardly think we need to get Little Walter on his soapbox right now to harp on it further. Let’s just hope TheoJed can get the Cubs back to the top of the lonely mountain.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited views. Italics are often used here as sarcasm font.

RIP Oscar Taveras.

October 27, 1924

Cubs trade Vic Aldridge, George Grantham & Al Niehaus to the Pirates for Charlie Grimm, Rabbit Maranville, & Wilbur Cooper.

Grantham will hit .300 in six seasons for Pittsburgh, while Grimm will play 11 seasons with Chicago, eventually becoming player-manager. In 1925, Maranville will be named a player-manager as well.

Grimm batted .364 in 37 World Series PA with the Cubs (1929, 1932). He played for the Cubs from 1926-1936 and managed the Cubs for another 13 seasons, including 3 NL Pennants and trips to the World Series (1932, 1935, 1945). His W/L % with the Cubs was .547 (946/782). (1,3)

Food for thought:

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