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#Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news and notes. Many interrresting things. Maybe put on the aluminum thinking caps today. Does this look like the picture of a man who has worries?

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Chicago Cubs Introduce Craig Counsell as Manager
Alfred E. Counsell
Photo by Matt Dirksen/Chicago Cubs/Getty Images

Welcome to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, steeped in writers’ tears, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor.

Cub Tracks wishes to announce the commencement of yet another baseball noir novel, our third. We are ever so happy and hope to move this one over to a second draft. The other two haven’t gotten that far, yet. The inner editor would love to take on the task, but the inner treasurer says “not so fast, sport.”

Alas, so it is, with the creative life. You are a prisoner of expectations, a victim of circumstances, even though those circumstances are necessarily stochastic, i.e., plagued with stubborn streaks of randomness that make them hard to predict.



adjective TECHNICAL

randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analyzed statistically but may not be predicted precisely.

So it is with baseball, Coach. In life, as in baseball, things happen for no reason whatsoever. And there’s nothing you can do about except to induce redundancy, like the third part that NASA likes to build in, the fail-safe for the fail-safe.

This, by the way, is why trying to predict baseball statistically makes me gnash my teeth. My scrying glass says “Mattel” on the side of it. Hey, it works for the NHL..

2022 NHL Media Tour - Las Vegas Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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Here’s the entire Craig Counsell presser if you haven’t seen it. [VIDEO]

Here are some highlights if you don’t have time for the whole thing. [VIDEO]

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