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World Series Dreaming:
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Hey remember that book a football player who was accused of murder wrote about how he would do the crime if he actually did the crime even though we know he committed the crime?
The IF is in there, I swear.
Uhhh, whoops, wrong guy.
There we go.
So I bring that up because I’m not saying that I am going to predict the Cubs will win 80 games, but if I were to predict the Cubs to win 80 games and generally not be awful this is how I would do it, since I wouldn’t do such a thing. Because I’m a cynic. And stuff.
Ok, ok, how about this; I have a really good feeling that the Cubs will be something other than awful in 2013.
No? Fine, I think the Cubs can win 80 games.
I’ve agonized over this, as some of my blogmates can attest to. It’s an idea that Harry Pavlidis put forth on his twitter feed:
I’m really starting to wonder about things like Stewart’s wrist and Garza’s forearm. This could be an 80 win team #aimhigh
— Harry Pavlidis (@harrypav) January 24, 2013
BEST OF MAXIM
John Sickels has published his 2013 farm system rankings and the Cubs are 10th. That's 10 spots better than a year ago. The Cubs system has improved quite a bit.
10) Chicago Cubs (20): Another system that has improved quickly. Strengths: hitting at the top: Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Dan Vogelbach is a very impressive quartet and there is depth beyond them. Good...
John Sickels has the Cubs minor league system rated #10 in his latest rankings. Last year they were 20th. The Cardinals are #1, the Pirates are #5, the Reds are #15 and the Brewers are #23.
10) Chicago Cubs (20): Another system that has improved quickly. Strengths: hitting at the top: Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Dan Vogelbach is a very impressive quartet and there...
Is there a chance that the Mets could check in on Cubs centerfielder Tony Campana? With Scott Hairston joining a crowded outfield situation in Chicago, Campana seems to be the odd man out now. Given the latest on the Michael Bourn front it seems unlikely that the Mets will sign him so why not go after Campana and add some speed and defense to the team via that route...
Matt Garza missed most of the second half of the season with a stress reaction in his elbow. He was shut down as a precaution which also shut down his trade possibilities. It seems pretty clear that Garza will be traded at some point this season, but for now the Chicago Cubs are looking to make sure he is healthy and get him back on a mound.
According to Jim Bowden of Sirius...
I'm pretty excited about the lower levels of our second basemen, but that's not to say that everything is roses. There's a good chance that the entire upper two levels of minors turns over completely by the end of the year (save Watkins, who might actually graduate to the majors by the end of 2013).
Filling those gaps will be some exciting names, though. One in particular...
Social media is great; it has definitely changed the world. It is a great tool to connect with others, promote your business or stay up to date with your favorite athletes, but it can also get you in trouble. That’s what happened last night, on Twitter, with Cubs OF Dave Sappelt. In case you don’t have a Twitter account, or were out in the icy mess that occurred in Chicago trying...
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2012 Affiliate Records
MLB: [61-101] NL Central
AAA: [53-87] Pacific Coast League – Iowa
AA: [72-68] Southern League – Tennessee
A+: [59-74] Florida State League – Daytona
A: [63-75] Midwest League – Peoria (Kane County beginning 2013)
A(ss): [37-39] Northwest League...
Yes! The news is finally official! After the longest physical in the history of western civilization the Cubs have signed Carlos Villanueva! So who is this mysterious pitcher from another country (Canada)?
A Carlos Raúl Villanueva no le gustaban los obesos.
— Alexander (@AlexMateran12) January 28, 2013
Huh. Actually I don’t think that’s the right guy.
Chicago Cubs Monday...
Baseball Operations Position to Report to Assistant GM
Yesterday, the baseball world was rocked by yet another steroid scandal in baseball. Okay, maybe the baseball world was not rocked, as steroids have been a part of baseball since the early 1990s (if not well before) and will be for many years to come. The Miami based “anti-aging clinic”, which has been nicknamed the East Coast Balco, supplied steroids to athletes from all sports...