Cubs Notes: Week in Review
Here’s to hoping that everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. It was a great time down here in the Sooner state, as Thanksgiving dinner is still being had by members of my family. One can never get enough green bean casserole or stuffing. In case you started your food coma early this week, here is a review of what happened with the Cubs:
Cubs Kick Off 2018 Season- For the first time since 1968 every MLB team will play on opening day to start the season. The Cubs will face the Marlins at 11:30 to lead off all the games for the day. I, for one, miss the way it was 10 or so years ago when one game was played on Sunday night to start the season…then all other teams played the following day. I would watch baseball movies all day leading up to the Sunday night game with knowing that the Cubs season would bring the slightest chance of a winner. Oh how times have changed.
Hyde to the Bench, Venable to First- When Dave Martinez took over the mangerial duties in D.C., the Cubs began their search for the next bench coach that would serve alongside Joe Maddon. They did not have to look far as they named Brandon Hyde as Martinez replacement. This is a good hire for the Cubs. Hyde does not necessarily bring the experience that others would have brought, but he has developed great relationships with all of our young players. You can tell the amount of respect that they have for Hyde when they reach first base. Will Venable comes to the Cubs after finishing his playing career in 2016 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was named special assistant for the Cubs in September of this year before getting the 1st base gig.
40 Man Roster Sits at 36- This week the Cubs added 3 to their 40 man roster. Adbert Alzolay, Oscar De La Cruz, and David Bote were added to the roster which will also protect them in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Alzolay (Sherm predicts great things from this young man) and De La Cruz will provide some sort of insurance for a depleted minor league system. The Cubs are in dire need of some arms and these two can give some production in the coming years. Bote, an infielder, looked good this past season in the minors and did a great job in the Arizona Fall League. This leaves 4 spots available for the Cubs to make some additions through trade, free agent signings, or waiver claims. There really needs to be 6 spots on the roster. I say that because there is no need to offer arbitration to Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm. Cut ties with these characters because they will no longer provide the Cubs with any sort of value.
Its a great time to start your new workout program. But first finish that turkey, dressing, candied yams, etc. Christmas will be here before you know it.