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A Different Kind of Angst: What Needs to Go Right on Offense

In January, during the Cubs Convention at the Sheraton Grand in Chicago, Joe Maddon titillated the crowd with his confident proclamation that the Cubs would repeat their World Series title, and no one in the crowd doubted it. In the months since, “That’s Cub” has become, again, both a pejorative and mocking refrain, depending on […]

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Missing Your Pitch: Addison Russell 2017

Author’s Note: I wrote the majority of this piece before the news broke that Addison Russell is currently under investigation for suspected domestic violence based on an Instagram post made by his wife this past Wednesday night and subsequent comments on said post by his wife’s friend. Obviously, domestic violence is a serious and heinous crime, and […]

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Addy’s 2016 postseason adjustment is carrying over to spring training and that is a very good thing

It’s funny to describe a player who amassed 3.86 wins above replacement last year as a breakout candidate. Baseball is chock full of good players who contributed that much to their teams’ success. For instance, David Ortiz (3.88) and Dexter Fowler (3.62). And yet, many observers, including a majority of the BP Wrigleycast crew, have pegged […]