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Cub Tracks takes its medicine

Cubs and MLB news — Nick the Stick casts a long shadow, Javy drops the bomb, the national media loves Yu too, and other stories

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Well, there’s no shortage of news now. Every day the gods throw thunderbolts, and woe to those who didn’t attend the duck and cover drills. Even the crumbs that fall from the table are nourishing after a lean winter. With any luck, Rob Manfred will fall off the edge of the earth.

I never thought I’d miss Bowie Kuhn. I understand that Manfred can appear in public only in semi-darkness, in order to conceal the strings. Indicting him would indict the entire owner class ... which is an enticing prospect to be sure, but even I don’t have drugs good enough to convince me that there’s any possibility of that happening. The money men frown on it.

Here’s today’s episode of Cub Tracks News and Notes, the only links column that really matters. 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.

“What Joe created here was really healthy,” David Ross said. “But there also created a little bit of accountability on the players’ part when you have a lot of freedom. And it’s nice that Javy recognizes what he needs. That’s a powerful message.” — Gordon Wittenmyer.

“Sometimes when you hear so many voices,” Ross said, “you don’t know who you are.” — Jordan Bastian.

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