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David Ross, and other bullets

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Chicago Cubs Introduce David Ross - News Conference
David Ross was nails at his introductory press conference. That look might signal that he knows what he’s in for.
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I am blue about the lack of postseason baseball in Chicago. There isn’t much today that isn’t all David Ross, all the time. The beat writers don’t file every day, and they tend to flock together. This is what it’s like when there are no playoffs, in case you forgot. Imagine if Joe Maddon had stuck around...

Just in case anyone cares, long baseball games are just fine by me. Let the players play the games and let the robot umpires call the balls and strikes. Part of the attraction of baseball for me is that there’s no time-clock. My view is that micro-management is inimical to growth.

I am also into magic, long walks on the beach with my hadrosaurus, tilting at windmills, and rolling rocks uphill, in my spare time. I’m pessimistic about the future of the game, of sports in general, and about the future of humanity, but we haven’t time to paint that masterpiece.

These are the things I’m beating the drums about — Can Brad Wieck become an Andrew Miller perform-alike? Will Jon Lester pitch 150 innings? Who plays center field? Who leads off? Are those the same guy? Who’s on second? Will Craig Kimbrel bounce back with a full spring of baseball activity behind him?

I don’t think any ‘core’ players are going anywhere. I do think the robot umps are coming. I think MLB batters will continue to abuse spheroids.

Happy birthday to me. Have a nice day, Kevin Matthews.

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.

“I want to win a championship. I want to win multiple championships. I want to bring a championship back to Chicago, and we’ve done that before. I’ve done that in another city. And I know what that looks like.

“I’ve been on some losing teams. When you see the opposite, you’ve got to call it out as soon as possible.” — David Ross

The Phillies got their man, too.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.