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The Rundown: Checking Down on Absurd Gossip, Cubs Get Carriage Deal for Marquee, 'Stros Go Up 3-1 on Yanks I think it's time to address what I feel is some frivolity that exists this offseason. It's been nearly four weeks since the Cubs played their last game, and now that Joe Maddon has been hired by the Angels, Cubs fandom seems to be growing weary of what seems like a lengthy period of interviews to decide his replacement.

2019 American League Championship Series Game 4: Astros vs. Yankees, Thursday 10/17, 7 p.m. CT Game time for ALCS Game 4: 7 p.m. Announcers: Joe Buck, John Smoltz. Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci. Pitching matchup:. Zack Greinke vs Masahiro Tanaka. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today. MLB.com Gameday for Astros / Yankees. Baseball-reference.com game preview for Astros / Yankees.

Cubs Talk Podcast: An ode to Joe Maddon and looking to the next era On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Tony Andracki, Kelly Crull, Scott Changnon and Jeff Nelson give us their memories of Joe Maddon's time with the Cubs and discuss David Ross and Joe Espada's candidacy to be the next manager. 01:30 Kelly's memories of Joe from the perspective of a reporter.

Chicago Cubs: Greatest players of the decade - #30-21 Here we count down the greatest Chicago Cubs of the 2010s, continuing with numbers 30-21, as we work our way toward the best of the decade. The 2010s featu…

Cubs history: The time they swapped starting pitchers with the Cardinals 116 years ago And the deal helped win many pennants for the Cubs.

Cubs reportedly 'exceptionally impressed' by Joe Espada in managerial search Then the Cubs came calling. While the rest of Cubdom was understandably occupied on Trade Deadline Day celebrating the Nick Castellanos move, Theo Epstein's front office made a smaller move with the San Diego Padres.

NL Notes: Rockies, Strasburg, Scherzer, Espada Thomas Harding of MLB.com confirms that the Rockies have dismissed several minor league coaches, including longtime Triple-A manager Glenallen Hill. Double-A hitting coach Lee Stevens and Single-A hitting coach Norberto Martin will also be let go, according to assistant general manager of player development Zach Wilson.

Cubs Announce Hires of New Directors of Hitting, Pitching After missing the postseason for the first time in five seasons, the Chicago Cubs have made some big changes to their baseball operations department, hiring new Directors of Hitting and Pitching.

Chicago Cubs have to address the leadoff spot if they want to win in 2020 Maddon tried to pull all kinds of levers over the course of the 162-game grind - to no avail. Aside from Rizzo, the team lacked any kind of real answer atop the order and it showed. The Cubs ranked above league average, scoring just over five runs per game.

AT&T, Sinclair Agree to Multi-Year Deal for Carriage of Marquee Sports Networks Across Multiple Platforms The first domino has fallen for the carriage of Marquee Sports Network, and it is a big one. Like, huge. Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Thursday that they have reached a deal with media giant AT&T for continued carriage of Sinclair channels across their three cable arms.

The Marquee Sports Network has acquired carriage on AT&T systems One of the challenges the Cubs' new TV channel, the Marquee Sports Network, is facing is acquiring coverage on various cable and satellite systems across the USA. The network has taken the first step toward that, according to this article from Cord Cutters News, quoting a statement from Sinclair Broadcasting, a co-owner of the channel:.

A look at postseason ticket prices on the secondary market All goodnatured ribbing of Saint Louis aside, the most interesting part of this look at tickets is that it's unlikely any of the sellers on those secondary market are recouping the cost of their ticket except maybe the ticket holders in New York.

Maybe Cubs Actually Need to Get Older to Get Better If the Cubs are wise, they'll replace outgoing oldsters like Ben Zobrist and Cole Hamels with Curtis Granderson and Edinson Volquez. Yes, I just implied that the Cubs should try to get older for 2020, though maybe I overdid it a little when it comes to pitching.

Chicago Cubs should target a pair of Astros relievers After struggling in high-leverage spots, the Chicago Cubs will undoubtedly look to reload their bullpen this winter as they look to compete again in 2020….

Cubs Announce Player Development Changes According to a release from the club's media department, the Cubs have constructed a new player development leadership structure within their baseball operations department. Matt Dorey, formerly Chicago's director of amateur scouting, will serve as senior director of player development.

Cubs take another major step in remaking player development and scouting departments According to NBC Sports Chicago's David Kaplan, Astros bench coach Joe Espada left the Cubs front office "exceptionally impressed" following his interview on Monday. Espada, 44, has spent the last two seasons as Astros bench coach following three seasons as Yankees third base coach.

Cubs Announce Changes to Player Development Infrastructure, Name New Directors of Pitching and Hitting Theo Epstein talked in his end-of-season press conference about reworking the organization's development infrastructure, a process that began when Jason McLeod was shifted to the major league side of the organization. The Cubs announced specific changes and the addition of some new roles Thursday, including new directions of pitching and hitting.

The Cubs are restructuring their player development department Last month, the Cubs moved senior vice president of player development and scouting Jason McLeod into a different role as Senior Vice President of Player Personnel.

Chicago Cubs won't trade Javier Baez simply for the sake of change In any other year, the Chicago Cubs would likely scoff at trading their most electric player, but with Theo Epstein's reckoning looming, anything can happe…

The Cubs' managerial opening is reportedly between David Ross and Joe Espada The Cubs have interviewed six men for the open manager's position: Joe Espada, Joe Girardi, Gabe Kapler, Mark Loretta, David Ross and Will Venable. According to Gordon Wittenmyer in the Sun-Times, you can eliminate four of those six names:. Ross has seemingly been manager-in-waiting since his two-year tenure as backup catcher with the Cubs.

The Rundown: Baseball Writing's Humble Beginnings, Maddon Gets New Gig, Costas Not Interested in Marquee Network "In our sun-down perambulations, of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing base, a certain game of ball…Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms…the game of ball is glorious." - Walt Whitman.

Theo Epstein Caught Searching For Payroll Money In Ricketts' Couch "Last year, Tom said we didn't have any more money and it really came back to bite us." Epstein stated. "So this year, I've taken matters into my own hands." If his couch-searching doesn't yield enough funds, Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer plan to open a lemonade stand in downtown Chicago.

Cub Tracks remains to be seen A two-man race, a scorpion infestation, Bob Costas, and other bullets.

Road Trip! Part:2 "Map, we don't need a map" Morning of day two has come. We slept about 3 hours on night one in Cleveland and are heading down for our breakfast and off to Chicago. At breakfast, we talk about our plans for the day. I explain I booked our hotel near the O'hare airport.

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