It’s a beautiful evening here at BCB After Dark: the coolest club for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. I hope your day went well. We’re so glad you decided to finish it out with us. Come on in out of the cold. Let us check your coat. The hostess will seat you now. 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 night, I asked you if which left-hander you would prefer the Cubs sign: Jordan Montgomery or Shōta Imanaga? By a margin of 63 percent to 31, you’d rather have the domestic (Montgomery) over the import (Imanaga). Of course, “either” would probably win the vote had I made it a choice. Only six percent voted “neither,” which I did include in the poll.
So here’s the part where I put the music and the movies. Those of you who skip that can do so now. You wont hurt my feelings.
Tonight we have a performance from the Newport Jazz Festival of 1971 with some real heavyweights of jazz. It’s Art Blakey on drums, Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Thelonious Monk on piano, Kai Winding on trombone, Sonny Stitt on sax and Al McKibben on bass. I’ve cued to video to start about three minutes in as the first three minutes is just the performers coming on stage and getting applause.
You still have until tomorrow to vote in the final matchup of the first round of the BCB Winter Western Classic between Johnny Guitar and Ride the High Country. I noticed that Ride the High Country is playing this month on HDNet Movies if you get that channel on your cable or satellite system. I re-watched it earlier this afternoon. I notice it’s playing this morning around 8:30 am Central, but you may have to check your own local listings for that. It’s on several more times over the course of the month if you want to check it out. My wife did today and she really enjoyed it.
The winner of this contest has the unenviable task of taking on our number one seed, director John Ford’s The Searchers. That film is currently available on the Watch TCM app or the TCM website for anyone who has that cable channel.
Welcome back to everyone who skips the music and movies.
The Cubs made a signing today!
Looks like the Cubs have signed another Brewer!— Infield Fly Girl (@infieldflygrl) January 1, 2024
Colten Brewer spent the bottom half of last season with the Hanshin Tigers of the NPB, where he racked up a 2.38 ERA in 11.1 innings across 13 games as a late inning reliever. https://t.co/pAYCTutJN7 pic.twitter.com/n52oSsKbqu
The right-handed Brewer pitched with the Padres in 2018, the Red Sox from 2019 to 2021 and after a year with the Royals Triple-A affiliate in Omaha, pitched three games for the Yankees in 2023 before getting his release to play in Japan.
So time to vote . . . Oh, who am I kidding. I’m not going to have you vote on Brewer who is almost certainly a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training. If he figured something out in Japan, maybe he can be useful. But it’s the definition of a “meh” signing at this point. We can all hope that Brewer makes me eat those words by the end of the upcoming year.
So I’m just going to ask you about Cody Bellinger again. With each passing day, it seems like the Cubs’ chances of re-signing him increases. The Blue Jays seem to be moving on and they’ve been “strongly” linked to Joc Pederson. Not that the Blue Jays couldn’t sign both Pederson and Bellinger, but with their earlier re-signing of Kevin Kiermaier, it seems like signing both Pederson and Bellinger would give Toronto some big issues getting all these players into the lineup. It doesn’t seem like the wisest use of resources to sign both outfielders.
The Giants have been linked to Bellinger as well, but there hasn’t been a lot of smoke there. And Giants fans are just as upset over the cautious approach of team president Farhan Zaidi as Cubs fans are with Jed Hoyer. I would also think unless the Giants decide to blow the Cubs out of the water with an offer, Bellinger would prefer to stay in Chicago. And “blowing teams out of the water” with a contract offer isn’t really the Giants’ style.
I suppose there’s always the possibility of a “mystery team.”
I don’t see Bellinger wanting to pull monster masks off of guys in spooky buildings, however.
So on a scale of 1 to 5, how likely do you think it is that Cody Bellinger plays for the Cubs next year? A “5” means you think there’s probably a 90 percent chance and a “1” means less than a 10 percent chance. A “3” would probably be in the 40 to 60 percent range and you can probably figure out what 2 and 4s are.
How likely is Cody Bellinger signing with the Cubs?
This poll is closed
1 (least likely)
5 (most likely)
Thanks so much for stopping by. We’ll get your coat for you now. Stay warm out there. Get home safely. Tip your waitstaff. And join us again tomorrow for more BCB After Dark.