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Derek Holland

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  • @Cubs • 2h

    Fansided: Chicago Cubs: Giving the 2016 NLDS comeback another look

    The word "historical" has been associated with the 2016 Chicago Cubs since the start of that season. Their long journey to the top required climbing some steep mountains and defying some big odds. Before the 3-1 World Series comeback, they had an unbelievable rally in Game 4 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants that sometimes feels like it does not get the recognition in the history books and documentaries it should.

    Let's go back to that Game 4 in San Francisco. It was October 11, 2016 when the Cubs led the Giants in the series two games-to-one.

    The word "historical" has been associated with the 2016 Chicago Cubs since the start of that season. Their long journey to the top required climbing some steep mountains and defying some big odds. Before the 3-1 World Series comeback, they had an unbelievable rally in Game 4 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants that sometimes feels like it does not get the recognition in the history books and documentaries it should.

    Let's go back to that Game 4 in San Francisco. It was October 11, 2016 when the Cubs led the Giants in the series two games-to-one.

  • @Cubs • 4h

    Cubs Insider: The Rundown: Astros World Series Bound, Espada Gets Second Interview, Chapman Takes Some Heat

    In the playoffs, series winning walk-off home runs are rare and exciting feats. And last night we were treated to a walk-off bomb by Jose Altuve off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning. The blast gave the Astros a 6-4 win over the Yankees and a berth in the World Series against the Washington Nationals.

    ALTUVE SENDS THE @ASTROS TO THE #WORLDSERIES! pic.twitter.com/NYx1yzRFDY

    -- MLB (@MLB) October 20, 2019

    Altuve's heroics came just after the Yankees' DJ Lemahieu had tied the game with a two-run blast of his own in the top of the 9th.

    In the playoffs, series winning walk-off home runs are rare and exciting feats. And last night we were treated to a walk-off bomb by Jose Altuve off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning. The blast gave the Astros a 6-4 win over the Yankees and a berth in the World Series against the Washington Nationals.

    ALTUVE SENDS THE @ASTROS TO THE #WORLDSERIES! pic.twitter.com/NYx1yzRFDY

    -- MLB (@MLB) October 20, 2019

    Altuve's heroics came just after the Yankees' DJ Lemahieu had tied the game with a two-run blast of his own in the top of the 9th.

  • @Cubs • 12h

    Bleed Cubbie Blue: Cub Tracks' mettle men

    In the interest of milking the drama from every moment by overhyping everything, let me just say that this is the best Cub Tracks ever, at the outset, the onset, the preface as it were, and thank you, Bruce Wolf.

    The next Cub Tracks will be the next best. Ads infinitum. We aim to please, and we aim low.

    "The column we need right now" -- Joe Maddon.

    "I am Groot" -- Iron Maddon.

    See what I mean?

    In the interest of milking the drama from every moment by overhyping everything, let me just say that this is the best Cub Tracks ever, at the outset, the onset, the preface as it were, and thank you, Bruce Wolf.

    The next Cub Tracks will be the next best. Ads infinitum. We aim to please, and we aim low.

    "The column we need right now" -- Joe Maddon.

    "I am Groot" -- Iron Maddon.

    See what I mean?

  • @Cubs • 20h

    Bleed Cubbie Blue: Further thoughts on David Ross as a potential Cubs manager... from Joe Maddon

    If you don't believe me regarding David Ross' qualifications to be the next Cubs manager, perhaps you'll believe Joe Maddon.

    Sun-Times writer Gordon Wittenmyer asked Maddon about Ross recently, and the answers are illuminating:

    ''I would love for David to get it,'' Maddon said. ''He checks all the boxes, except he hasn't done it before. They'll put the right people around him and give him the right information. David's really smart.''

    Having been a catcher, Ross understands the pitching side of the game better than most, said Maddon, also a former catcher.

    If you don't believe me regarding David Ross' qualifications to be the next Cubs manager, perhaps you'll believe Joe Maddon.

    Sun-Times writer Gordon Wittenmyer asked Maddon about Ross recently, and the answers are illuminating:

    ''I would love for David to get it,'' Maddon said. ''He checks all the boxes, except he hasn't done it before. They'll put the right people around him and give him the right information. David's really smart.''

    Having been a catcher, Ross understands the pitching side of the game better than most, said Maddon, also a former catcher.

  • @Cubs • 22h

    Cubs Insider: New Into the Basket Podcast: Who's the Next Manager?

    Julie, Brad, and Evan discuss the Cubs' managerial search, reshuffling the developmental staff, and Marquee's new carriage deal. This one may have gone a little off the rails, which might have been aided by Evan drinking on the patio of a restaurant while recording.

    Julie, Brad, and Evan discuss the Cubs' managerial search, reshuffling the developmental staff, and Marquee's new carriage deal. This one may have gone a little off the rails, which might have been aided by Evan drinking on the patio of a restaurant while recording.

  • @Cubs • 24h

    Bleed Cubbie Blue: 2019 American League Championship Series Game 6: Yankees vs. Astros, Saturday 10/19, 7 p.m. CT

    See the little white dot right next to the foul pole, where the red arrow is pointing?

    That's Aaron Hicks' home run ball hitting the foul pole in the first inning Friday night at Yankee Stadium. If that ball goes another foot or two to the right, it's a foul ball and Hicks' at-bat would have continued. Maybe he doesn't hit a home run off Justin Verlander if that ball goes foul, maybe the Astros wind up winning the game.

    That's how close Houston came to getting to the World Series in Game 5.

    See the little white dot right next to the foul pole, where the red arrow is pointing?

    That's Aaron Hicks' home run ball hitting the foul pole in the first inning Friday night at Yankee Stadium. If that ball goes another foot or two to the right, it's a foul ball and Hicks' at-bat would have continued. Maybe he doesn't hit a home run off Justin Verlander if that ball goes foul, maybe the Astros wind up winning the game.

    That's how close Houston came to getting to the World Series in Game 5.

  • @Cubs • 1d

    Cubs Insider: The Son Ranto Show NERRRRRRDDDSSSS!

    The Cubs have made some internal moves and Danny, Michael and Crawly are here for it.

    The Cubs have made some internal moves and Danny, Michael and Crawly are here for it.

  • @Cubs • 1d

    Cubs Insider: Cubs May Have Another Unidentified Candidate as Manager Search Nears End

    I had predicted a few days ago that the Cubs' search for a new manager would be over by Monday one way or the other, but that may not be the case ($). While it has been declared a two-man race between David Ross and Joe Espada, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic wrote that the list "may include another unidentified candidate who could come in for a meeting at the Wrigley Field office building."

    That's really amorphous and far from definitive, but a little reading between the lines with educated assumptions may help us discern something from it nonetheless.

    I had predicted a few days ago that the Cubs' search for a new manager would be over by Monday one way or the other, but that may not be the case ($). While it has been declared a two-man race between David Ross and Joe Espada, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic wrote that the list "may include another unidentified candidate who could come in for a meeting at the Wrigley Field office building."

    That's really amorphous and far from definitive, but a little reading between the lines with educated assumptions may help us discern something from it nonetheless.

  • @Cubs • 1d

    Fansided: Chicago Cubs: What to do with lefty Kyle Schwarber

    Chicago Cubs Kyle Schwarber had a breakout year in 2019. He was the best version of himself that we had ever seen, especially in the second half of the season. This had to be a proud moment for Cubs President of baseball operations Theo Epstein, who has proven time and time again that he won't give up on his 2014 first-round pick.

    Schwarber has been criticized a bunch during his time in the big leagues. In 2017, Joe Maddon decided to bat him in the leadoff spot, and we all know how that worked out with a trip to Triple-A Iowa for a few weeks.

    Chicago Cubs Kyle Schwarber had a breakout year in 2019. He was the best version of himself that we had ever seen, especially in the second half of the season. This had to be a proud moment for Cubs President of baseball operations Theo Epstein, who has proven time and time again that he won't give up on his 2014 first-round pick.

    Schwarber has been criticized a bunch during his time in the big leagues. In 2017, Joe Maddon decided to bat him in the leadoff spot, and we all know how that worked out with a trip to Triple-A Iowa for a few weeks.

  • @Cubs • 1d

    Chicago Sun-Times: Would Cubs have won World Series without Joe Maddon? 'We'll never know,' Angels' new skipper says

    The Cubs had more than a year to think about the manager with whom they wanted to replace Joe Maddon. But after firing Maddon at the end of the season, they still hadn't replaced him by the time he landed his next job.

    That the Angels became the second team in five years to fire a manager with two years left on his contract to hire Maddon almost certainly says more about Maddon's stature than it does about the Cubs' process -- or at least something about the relationship Maddon has with his original organization.

    But it also underscores the big question Cubs president Theo Epstein faces as he replaces the most successful manager in franchise history, whether he hires in-house favorite David Ross, Astros hot-shot bench coach Joe Espada or anyone else:

    In the quest for ''the perfect guy for this moment in time for this group,'' will Epstein regret firing the guy who became the hottest free agent on the market as soon as it happened?

    The Cubs had more than a year to think about the manager with whom they wanted to replace Joe Maddon. But after firing Maddon at the end of the season, they still hadn't replaced him by the time he landed his next job.

    That the Angels became the second team in five years to fire a manager with two years left on his contract to hire Maddon almost certainly says more about Maddon's stature than it does about the Cubs' process -- or at least something about the relationship Maddon has with his original organization.

    But it also underscores the big question Cubs president Theo Epstein faces as he replaces the most successful manager in franchise history, whether he hires in-house favorite David Ross, Astros hot-shot bench coach Joe Espada or anyone else:

    In the quest for ''the perfect guy for this moment in time for this group,'' will Epstein regret firing the guy who became the hottest free agent on the market as soon as it happened?

  • @Cubs • 1d

    Cubs Insider: Cubs Prospect Stock Watch: These 7 Players Could Have Huge Growth in 2020

    The last time we talked about investing in prospects, Brennen Davis, Chris Morel, and Kohl Franklin led the list of hot tips. One guy we didn't really see coming was Nelson Maldonado, a 21st round pick out of Florida who outperformed everyone by hitting over .400 at Eugene. He will be at Myrtle Beach to begin 2020 and should be worthy of your investment.

    Most players tend to break out in one of three places: Eugene, South Bend, or Myrtle Beach. At these levels, a prospect begins to face advanced competition while adapting to the grind of a 140-game MiLB season.

    The last time we talked about investing in prospects, Brennen Davis, Chris Morel, and Kohl Franklin led the list of hot tips. One guy we didn't really see coming was Nelson Maldonado, a 21st round pick out of Florida who outperformed everyone by hitting over .400 at Eugene. He will be at Myrtle Beach to begin 2020 and should be worthy of your investment.

    Most players tend to break out in one of three places: Eugene, South Bend, or Myrtle Beach. At these levels, a prospect begins to face advanced competition while adapting to the grind of a 140-game MiLB season.

  • @Cubs • 1d

    Bleed Cubbie Blue: Baseball history unpacked, October 18

    ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball's past. Here's a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. The embedded links often point to articles that pertain to the scenes, such as reproductions of period newspapers, images, and/or other such material as is often found in the wild.

    Today in baseball history:

    1910 - At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, the Athletics pound the Chicago Cubs, 9-3, for a 2-0 lead in the World Series.

    ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball's past. Here's a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. The embedded links often point to articles that pertain to the scenes, such as reproductions of period newspapers, images, and/or other such material as is often found in the wild.

    Today in baseball history:

    1910 - At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, the Athletics pound the Chicago Cubs, 9-3, for a 2-0 lead in the World Series.

  • @Cubs • 2d

    ESPN.com: Where things stand as Chicago Cubs zero in on next manager

    CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs fans had their first "What?!?" moment of the offseason, when the club announced former Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler would interview this week for its managerial opening.

    No one believes Kapler will get the job, but these interviews can have many layers to them, as the Cubs' front office will be able to garner plenty of useful information by talking to people from other teams, or even to someone from the broadcast booth. The candidates get an obvious boost from the process as well, especially when it's publicly known they've come in to talk about the prestigious position.

    CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs fans had their first "What?!?" moment of the offseason, when the club announced former Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler would interview this week for its managerial opening.

    No one believes Kapler will get the job, but these interviews can have many layers to them, as the Cubs' front office will be able to garner plenty of useful information by talking to people from other teams, or even to someone from the broadcast booth. The candidates get an obvious boost from the process as well, especially when it's publicly known they've come in to talk about the prestigious position.

  • @Cubs • 2d

    Bleed Cubbie Blue: Here's why the Cubs are likely choosing David Ross as their new manager

    Yesterday, I posted here about a published report that the Cubs' managerial decision had come down to two men: former Cubs catcher David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada.

    Today, Jesse Rogers writes that it appears Ross is likely the guy, and in his article quotes several baseball people regarding Ross' strengths as well as some of the concerns that have been raised about him.

    Jed Hoyer, last December at the winter meetings, talking about Ross' role as a special assistant:

    "His mere presence is helpful," general manager Jed Hoyer said then.

    Yesterday, I posted here about a published report that the Cubs' managerial decision had come down to two men: former Cubs catcher David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada.

    Today, Jesse Rogers writes that it appears Ross is likely the guy, and in his article quotes several baseball people regarding Ross' strengths as well as some of the concerns that have been raised about him.

    Jed Hoyer, last December at the winter meetings, talking about Ross' role as a special assistant:

    "His mere presence is helpful," general manager Jed Hoyer said then.

  • @Cubs • 2d

    Cubs Insider: David Ross Leads Four Names with Cubs Ties Among 'Wave of Potentially Great Managers'

    There aren't too many national baseball writers whose work I'll stop what I'm doing to read. One who always draws my eye, however, is Eno Sarris of The Athletic. He packs a great deal of intellectual information into his work without staring down his nose at the reader and he infuses his own personality without being heavy-handed. All of which is to say I enjoy reading him and I trust his opinions and analysis.

    So when he put out his list of "the next wave of potentially great managers," you know I had to check it out ($).

    There aren't too many national baseball writers whose work I'll stop what I'm doing to read. One who always draws my eye, however, is Eno Sarris of The Athletic. He packs a great deal of intellectual information into his work without staring down his nose at the reader and he infuses his own personality without being heavy-handed. All of which is to say I enjoy reading him and I trust his opinions and analysis.

    So when he put out his list of "the next wave of potentially great managers," you know I had to check it out ($).

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