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The Cubs have hired Vanderbilt assistant Derek Johnson as their minor league pitching coordinator.
Johnson spent the past 11 seasons as the Commodores' pitching coach, helping the 2011 team reach the College World Series. Two pitchers on that team were selected the early picks in the amateur draft, with Sonny Gray going to Oakland at No. 18 and Tampa Bay taking Grayson Garvin at No. 59.
Johnson also helped develop first-round picks in Mike Minor (seventh overall, Atlanta, 2009), Casey Weathers (eighth, Colorado, 2007) and Jeremy Sowers (sixth, Cleveland, 2004) as well as Jensen Lewis, a third-round pick by Cleveland in 2005 who has pitched four seasons in the majors.
Chicago announced the hiring on Tuesday.
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The Cubs hired Derek Johnson as their minor league pitching coordinator. Apparently this is a bit of a coup, but it might as well have been Bugs Bunny for all I know about minor league pitching coaches. But I'm supposed to pretend that I'm some sort of authority on these subjects, so here's what I uncovered on the man, the myth, the legend.
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Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney tonight was awarded the 2012 National League Rawlings Gold Glove for defensive excellence at his position, the first Gold Glove of his career and the first by a Cubs second baseman in 21 years.
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The Atlanta Braves have already made contact with David Ross' agent to let him know the team is interested in bringing him back reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He adds that Ross already made it clear that he wants to return with the Braves.
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As for the rumor, it's that the Angels are trying to ditch Dan Haren...
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Kris Medlen was the best pitcher in baseball the second half of 2012
Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen had an outstanding 2012 season. Winning 23 regular season games in a row, dating back to the 2010 season, is a streak that takes significant luck, but considerably more skill.
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The Atlanta Braves exercised the 2013 options for pitcher Tim Hudson and catcher Brian McCann on Tuesday. Hudson, 37, made 28 starts in 2012, and went 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA. He will earn $9 million 2013. McCann will earn $12 million next season. The lefty batter hit .230 with 20 homers and 67 RBIs in 121 games this year, and recently had shoulder surgery.
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Braves have exercised options on catcher Brian McCann, right-hander Tim Hudson and left-hander Paul Maholm.
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The end of 2012 baseball, you know. I wish the Braves would hurry up and release Spring Training info so I know which day to look forward to in February. ;)
I feel like I should write about the playoffs, or how the World Series ended in a sweep, or how tragic it is that Omar got a THIRD broken bone in the same hand on his last at-bat of 2012. (I miss Omar. Can we have him back?)...
I wake up this morning and for the second year in a row this demon creature is in my house. He looks ready. lockerz.com/s/257791712
— Kris Medlen (@KrisMedlen54) October 31, 2012
I love that this is becoming a thing. Allow me to paraphrase..."OK, he won Halloween last year. If he wins today, it's called two in a row. And if he wins again next year, it's called...