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Cub Tracks cranks one out

In which we uncork the zeitgeist and inhale its aroma

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No Cub Wednesday. I spent the time working and have four titles to debut before Hallowe’en from my new publishing company. DAMMIT! THAT HAS TO STOP! My carefully-cultivated image as a lazy stoner and resident crank is in danger. Well, maybe not the last part...

The usual narratives are in focus: Joe Maddon’s future, playoff uncertainty, cup snakes. If it were up to me I’d just ban beer but that’s largely because Binny’s isn’t giving me huge sums of filthy lucre, and besides, I live a couple of thousand miles away and don’t like large groups of people anyway. Especially the drunken ones. Your mileage may vary. Don’t @ me.

I’d sign Joe to one year plus a mutual option. I’m a big fan of one-year deals and regard long-term deals with the same respect as I regard Brussels sprouts. I would also make every effort to sign Nick Castellanos to a short-term deal.

But enough from me. That’s not why you’re here, is it?

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.

Food for thought: