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March 2017



Morning News: Roster Trimmings and Reign Men

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What’s Happ-ening with the Roster

Ian Happ, Cubs super-prospect and conquistador of Spring Training, will not be on the club’s Opening Day roster after nearly hitting .400 with five home runs during the exhibition season.

This isn’t surprising, and it shouldn’t be concerning.

If you recall, reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant was sent down to AAA to start the 2015 season to prevent the third baseman from becoming eligible for free agency by one year. I’d say that worked out pretty well, wouldn’t you?

Happ is only a phone call away, and it’s probably safe to expect him on the big league roster at some point before the dog days of summer arrive. Plus, it’s always nice to see how young players react to a little adversity early on in their careers. After all, Theo’s regime has developed a reputation for using only high-character guys to build this team – if you haven’t read Fortune’s piece on why Theo Epstein is the number one leader in the world, I suggest you do so today.

Once you’re done with that, read up on Happ and additional Opening Day roster tid-bits, including the status and potential trade of outfielder Matt Szczur.

Reign Men

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I haven’t watched it yet, but I do have a hot date with my DVR at 7:00 p.m. sharp tonight. The main course: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago’s Reign Men documentary, which aired Monday night and – unlike some of the other docs that have come out – focuses only on Game 7, exploring in-depth the blown lead and subsequent rally to beat the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings.

The documentary was produced, written and edited by CSN’s Sarah Lauch and Ryan McGuffey, both of whom spoke to Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald about what sets this program apart from the others.

Dancing Grandpa Update

David Ross scored high marks again for his second routine on Dancing with the Stars after busting out the cha-cha on Monday night. Here’s some video, if you care about that type of thing.

Looking Ahead

The Cubs take on Oakland this afternoon at Sloan Park in a matchup that features Jon Lackey versus Kendall Graveman.

For what it’s worth, the forecast for Opening Night in St. Louis this Sunday is calling for 67 degrees and partly sunny skies. Too soon? Don’t care. Let’s play ball!


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