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Cub Tracks’ star signs

#Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news and notes. Not much under the tree yet. And no star on top, either.

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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.

Thomas Pannone? Really? THE Thomas Pannone? Oh I take it all back!

It’s always like blind men describing an elephant over the telephone, here, there, and everywhere in the webosphere. Everyone has their own point of view, and it may not necessarily correspond to reality.

For example, there is a certain subset of people that think ‘the Cubs are cheap’. They’re not, really... they’re just incredibly risk-averse. It often makes them wallflowers, and at the very least they look like a team that would have shopped at Penney’s while the top ranks shopped at Sears and Roebuck.

Hell, most of the time they look like they’re shopping with S&H Green Stamps. And they’re so impersonal about it. I bet they have cold hands. They certainly seem unserious about anything other than maintaining the profit margin.

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“The thing about being a big-market club isn’t just that you can spend more on top players, it’s that you have more margin for error if and when those players don’t pan out as well.” — Evan Altman

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