We’re back to a normal schedule here at BCB After Dark: the grooviest get-together for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. Thanks for braving the cold this evening and stopping by. I can promise you the companionship is warm in here. Let us take your coat for you. There are still a few good tables left. Bring your own beverage.
BCB After Dark is the place for you to talk baseball, music, movies, or anything else you need to get off your chest, as long as it is within the rules of the site. The late-nighters are encouraged to get the party started, but everyone else is invited to join in as you wake up the next morning and into the afternoon.
Last week before the holidays, I asked you if Christopher Morel would play 80 games at third base for the Cubs this upcoming season. By a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent, you voted “no.” Still, that’s pretty close as far as these polls go.
On Tuesday nights/Wednesday mornings, I don’t normally do a movie essay. But you still have time to vote in the BCB Winter Western Classic between The Magnificent Seven (1960) and 3:10 to Yuma (1957). Tomorrow night we’ll announce the winner of that matchup and then we’ll start a faceoff between director Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) and director Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars. (1964). The choices are just getting tougher and tougher.
But those of you who skip the music can do so now. You won’t hurt my feelings.
I guess it’s time to get back to the regular jazz now that Christmas is over, although my wife insists that Christmas isn’t over until January 6. So I’m going to present a transitional jazz holiday tune with saxophonist John Coltrane doing “My Favorite Things.” Remember, “My Favorite Things” wasn’t a Christmas song when he recorded it, even if it has become so since he died.
This is a live performance from 1965. McCoy Tyner is on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums.
Welcome back to everyone who skips all that jazz.
Today I’m going to ask you which Cubs’ rookie (or potential rookie) do you think will have the best season in 2024? Yes, we all know that Pete Crow-Armstrong is the Cubs’ top prospect and Jonathan Mayo of MLB Pipeline is currently picking him to be the National League Rookie of the Year. But, a lot of people have noted that Crow-Armstrong went 0 for 14 in his brief major-league call-up last year and didn’t look particularly good doing it. I’ve seen a lot of people arguing that PCA should spend half a season in Iowa. That turn of events wouldn’t preclude him being Rookie of the Year, but it would make it extremely unlikely.
On the other hand, LHP Jordan Wicks, LHP Luke Little and OF Alexander Canario did impress many of you during their stints in the majors and will likely be back in 2024. On top of that, RHP Cade Horton is one of the top pitching prospects in the minor leagues right now, even if he’s never pitched above Double-A. But he’s been very, very good wherever he has pitched. RHP Ben Brown isn’t too far behind him in the prospect rankings. Brown is on the 40-man and has pitched in Triple-A, although he struggled down the stretch last year as he dealt with injuries. He’s supposed to be healthy to start the season. Neither of those pitchers is expected to start the season in the majors, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if both of them were pitching in the majors in August or earlier.
Then there is the wild card of last year’s first-round pick, infielder Matt Shaw. Shaw isn’t on the 40-man roster and he only got a cup of coffee in Double-A last year. But he was very impressive at the plate when he did play last year. He seems to be on a fast track to the majors. Is it fast enough for him to reach Chicago in 2024? That’s unclear, but not impossible.
There are a few other players who still have rookie eligibility, such as right-handers Daniel Palencia and Caleb Kilian. But I’ll put in an “other” if you’re a fan of those two or some other player.
So who is your prediction to be the Cubs’ Rookie of the Year for 2024?
Who will be the Cubs’ Rookie of the Year for 2024?
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Thank you so much for stopping by this evening. I hope you enjoyed your visit as much as we enjoyed having you. Please stay warm out there. Get home safely. And join us again tomorrow night for another edition of BCB After Dark.