It’s Super Bowl Sunday, one of the most watched shows of the entire year. People everywhere, including women who would never otherwise watch sports, sit down with a mountain of wings and watch the game. For the sports betting sites, this has to be the highlight of their business year with all the various ways you can lay down money. You can bet on if the coin toss will be heads or tails (vote for heads so I win a free pizza). You can vote on the length of the National Anthem. To be honest, the sheer amount of coverage the event gets amazes me, and in a way, disappoints me that there isn’t as much hype of hoopla around MLB opening day or even the World Series. With that said, I decided we’d break from football this afternoon and instead catch up on a some quick notes related to our sport.

  • John Sickels released his list ranking the farm systems and the Cubs came in ranked #10, which is a very nice upgrade from the # 20 ranking they were at last year. I feel like I get more and more excited the longer this regime is at the helm. Say what you want about “prospects”. We can talk all day about how a prospect is just  a prospect until they have proven something, but the fact remains that this farm system is generally looking up in the view of all the major minor league pundits and that has me excited.
  • Carlos Marmol ran into a little trouble over the weekend as the story came out that he was accused of abuse of a 24 year old woman in the Dominican Republic. Both Marmol and his legal representative deny the allegations, but we’re moving toward a time in the world where everyone claims to be innocent, even to the point of counter suits being filed, only to eventually admit guilt. I hope that’s not the case with Carlos, but things like this don’t just come out of nowhere.
  • Jon Greenburg of the ESPN staff recently caught up with new Cubs consultant, Tom Tango.
  • Our old, and by old I mean old, pal Marlon Byrd signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets.

Stay the course guys, the clock is ticking and baseball will be here before you know it. Just to round of the post and wet your appetite, here is the list of non-roster invitees to spring training:

The following 11 pitchers have been invited to major league camp: right-handed pitchers Drew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman, Casey Coleman, Dayan Diaz, Jensen Lewis, Barret Loux, Blake Parker, Zach Putnam, Nick Struck and Cory Wade, as well as left-handed pitcher Hisanori Takahashi.

Three catchers have been invited to big league camp: J.C. Boscan, Michael Brenly and Rafael Lopez.

Five infielders have been invited to major league camp: Javier Baez, Alberto Gonzalez, Brent Lillibridge, Edwin Maysonet and Brad Nelson.

Three outfielders have been invited to big league camp: Brian Bogusevic, Johermyn Chavez and Darnell McDonald.

Chicago Cubs Media Relations Dept.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail