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Baseball history unpacked, March 27

Cubs and MLB news and notes — Still Orphan’d, trade winds and the sad fate of Carlos Silva, plus results from Opening Sim Day and more

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Dernier is ready for his closeup
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... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*. Beware of rabbit holes.

In the Season Opener for BCB’s The Show 2020 sim, we made our own history as the Brewers beat the Cubs. Yu Darvish walked his way into trouble and couldn’t get out of it, exiting in favor of Alec Mills in the fourth. Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff looked hittable but that turned out to be mostly theoretical as the Cubs rode solo home runs by Ian Happ and Javier Baez and an RBI single by Kris Bryant to defeat.

The outcome was in doubt until the final strike, but in the end Josh Hader closed the door on any comeback hopes. We’ll be back Saturday with game two of this NL Central showdown. Thanks for taking part in this experiment!

Today in baseball history:

  • 1902 - A Chicago Daily News headline reads, ‘Manager of the Cubs is in Doubt Only on Two Positions,’ marking the first time that the team’s nickname has appeared in print. Although the moniker has been around since 1890, the Orphans, also once known as the Colts and White Stockings, will not officially adopt the Cubs as its new name until 1907. (1)

so, not the Microbes?


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