Just a few news and notes on this Thursday morning as Spring Training already feels like it’s been too long. When do games start again?

  • We talked yesterday a little about the fact that Matt Garza had some tightness in his lat, which will cause him to rest a little and see where he’s at. That may set him back a little and open the door for an opening day start for, drum roll please…..Jeff Samardzija. It’s obviously way too early to discuss this seriously at this point, but Dale Sveum will need to monitor how Garza prepares to properly determine if he’s ready. In the event he’s not, Samardzija may be the man. See how fun spring training news is? We get nuggets like this crap.
  • Rumors are swirling that Starlin Castro is in need to a psychiatrist after his most recent statement regarding gold gloves. This quote came from a recent Paul Sullivan article: “I want to be like Barney and win a Gold Glove,” he said Tuesday at Fitch Park. “It’s going to be fun winning Gold Gloves at shortstop, second base and first base, because (Anthony) Rizzo is pretty good, too.” I hope he’s right, but I’m not holding my breath. Defense is not what makes Castro valuable. It’s his bat and his speed.
  • Theo Epstein sat down with David Kaplan recently and talked about the team. The video interview is just under 10 minutes and is worth a listen. There is something about Theo’s interviews that always leaves me excited. He’s so dreamy.
  • The Cubs recently announced that changes were coming this year to the 7th inning stretch this season. Rumors are that they will try to refine the conductors list too people who actually have somewhat of a clue or tie to the team or the city. Personally, I’d like to see the whole process scrapped and just see a recording of Harry played every game.
  • Noah talked yesterday about the fact that Baseball America posted it’s top 100 list recently, but what he failed to mention was a blog post they put up about potential top 100′s for next year. One of the BA staff felt a certain controversial Cub may make the list. “Conor Glassey: Cubs first baseman Dan Vogelbach is only 20 years old, but he already has a long track record of turning doubters into believers. They doubt him by discounting his hefty, 6-foot, 260-pound frame and then believe in him after seeing him launch balls into the lights. Excluding the Latin summer leagues, just 15 players last year with 200 or more plate appearances had an OPS greater than 1.000. Only three of those players were younger than Vogelbach—Addison Russell (who ranked 48 on the list), David Dahl (53) and Joey Gallo, who just missed. But Vogelbach isn’t just a slugger—he has an excellent feel for hitting and working the count and posted a .322 batting average in 2012 between the Rookie-level Arizona League and short-season Boise. He’ll need to continue to improve his defense, but Vogelbach has one of the best all-around bats in the minor leagues.”
  • Finally, our comment system was updated the other day. If you are having issues, please e-mail me at joe@viewfromthebleachers.com

 

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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