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Fans honor Santo, mourn loss on TwitterFacebook

Friday, Dec. 3, 20107:43 a.m. Updated 1:11 p.m.

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Fans on Twitter are reacting to the passing of Cubs legend Ron Santo. Here is a sampling of the thoughts and condolences being expressed on Twitter and Facebook:

@Rygarz: Santo was a gr8 personality and I enjoyed listening to him on the radio during Cubs games, a gr8 family man and fundraiser

@LabLover1962: Woke up to hear that Cubs legend Ron Santo died, VERY SAD! :-((

@EZBaratz: RIP Ron Santo...You deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

@isaacfromCT: Wow Cubs broadcasts just will not be the same without Ron Santo at all, Im just deeply saddened about Ron's passing

@cubsfanrpt: RIP Ron Santo. Thank you for your inspiration and never-ending devotion to the Cubs

@DJKneegrow: One of the sadest days to be a Cubs fan. R.I.P. Ron Santo you will be missed and never forgotten.

@gbdawkins: Thought it was gonna be a good day: cooking eggs making coffee, jamming in kitchen to My Old School. Then I get this Santo news. Bleh.

@katmusic2008: People, I am heartsick to learn about Ron Santo's passing. This Sox fan will miss This Old Cub diamondinthesky

@drinksdearborn: First Leslie Nielson, now Ron Santo is gone too? Can this week end please?

@boilerchas: Rest In Peace Ron Santo!! The Cubs radio broadcasts will never be the same!

@ejenkins211: Can't believe Ron Santo is gone. The Cubs franchise just won't be the same without him. :(

@noturavguy: RIP Ron Santo, it's a shame he didn't get to see the Cubbies win it during his liftime. Great guy, deserved better.

@WillyC17: Today is a very sad day for baseball and the world. R.I.P. Ron Santo - you're a legend and will be missed.

@bobwad: Goodbye Ron Santo. If there's a brick walled ballfield in the sky covered in ivy, we'll be able to find you there. Until then, R.I.P. Cubs

@megan102218: Ron Santo, you will be missed. Your Cubs 10 jersey forever retired in our hearts.

@OrdnaelJ_31: 'CLICK YOUR HEELS TODAY' in appreciation of Ron Santo!!!! Cubs @MLB

@Chi_NateDizzle: I wonder what Harry Caray and Ron Santo are talking about right now. RIP

@ScooterSMD: A sad and heart heavy day for Cubs and baseball fans. Ron Santo has passed away. He will be missed by many. What a great man.

@hriefs: There was no stopping Ron Santo from being a Cubs fan in the booth. "Oh, dang!" he'd scream after many a botched play. I'll miss it.

@krt0116: Ron Santo --> Great ballplayer, better man. You'll be missed Ronnie!

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Erick Blake: Cubs radio will never be the same without ron's enthusiasm...he will be greatly missed

Mike Lally: Cubs broadcasting will never be the same

Michael J. David: Not a Cubs fan but sad to hear that
Doug Wolfe: Time to fly the "10" and "W" flags over Wrigley

Sean Johnson: R.I.P. Ron Santo!He was the BEST radio announcer, I was privileged to grow up listening to you, & I hope that he gets elected into the Hall of Fame! It wont be the same wo him!

Demetrius Birch: R.i.p. ron santo a man i get 2 hear him on the radio when cubs play with pat hughes was the best 1 2 team combo all time on radio i love his passion of the game and being a fan its unfortunate his time should've been in the hall of fame but in time they should've did a long time ago! So this for you ronnie "THIS IS THE YEAR"! I have 2 say that may god bless the santo family, chicago cubs,friends, and family we are one and we will continue 2 give what every fan and myself want a world series title!

Marcos Febus: Field of dreams....what a loss and may his family find comfort in knowing he is not hurting from his illnesses no more. RIP

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John D. - Rockford, IL: Cubs games will never be the same. Hes playing in Gods hall of fame now.God bless you Ron and thank you.

I was a big fan of his ever since the 1969 Cubs. I will deeply miss him.

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312SportsFan: Ron, we will miss you. RIP.

mikecubbie69: This is a sad way to start the day. Listening to Cubs games will never be the same. Ronnie was such an icon, such an inspiration. I will remember his passion, his joy for the Cubs, the heel kicking from '69, the jokes about his toupee and Shea Stadium, the visible frustration that could only come from a true Cubs fan and the disappointment over not getting into the Hall of Fame. At least his pain and suffering is over. God Bless You, Ron Santo.

wheelinwv: As a kid growing up in Chicagoland, I will never forget the CUBS. Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo were my heroes. What great players and role models they were. Thanks for the memories, Ron!

dansram: Condolences to the Santo family. Somewhere, up there, there is a great baseball discussion going on with Ronny, Harry

cephas5150: As a boy playing Sandlot baseball in the early seventies we used tocall out "who we were". Santo, Kissinger, Banks, Jenkins and Williamswere always the first ones taken. The saddest thing is that 10 nevergot to see his number called for the hall of fame. R.I.P. Mr. Santo

Grantscarff: Ron Santo was a good broadcaster and a great 3rd baseman. He will be sadly missed by all cubs fans. RIP Ron Santo.

samnpat1@comcast.net: The Chicago Cubs have lost a great man and friend.Ron was loved by manyand will be missed by all.May you rest in Peace Ron.God be with you andyour family.Thanks for the many,many memories.

bestbuy57: We will miss you Ron Santo. My fondest memory of Ron growing up as ayoungster was the 1969 season when Ron would run and click his heels tothe Cubs clubhouse everytime the Cubs won. He deserves to be in theHall Of Fame. He never got a chance for that and to see the Cubs win aWorld Series. God Bless Ron and his family. A good man!

Why did Kris Bryant get a first-place vote in this year's National League MVP balloting?

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Why did Kris Bryant get a first-place vote in this year's National League MVP balloting?

Kris Bryant was the 2016 National League MVP. And despite having what could be considered an even better campaign this past season, he finished seventh in voting for the 2017 edition of the award.

The NL MVP was awarded to Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton on Thursday night, a fine choice, though it was nearly impossible to make a poor choice, that's how many fantastic players there were hitting the baseball in the NL this season.

After Stanton, Cinicinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto finished second, earning the same amount of first-place votes and losing out to Stanton by just one point. Then came Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon and Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon ahead of Bryant.

But there was someone who thought Bryant deserved to repeat as the NL MVP. Yes, Bryant earned a first-place vote — as did everyone else mentioned besides Rendon, for that matter — causing a bit of a social-media stir considering the Cubs third baseman, despite his great season, perhaps wasn't as standout a candidate as some of the other guys who finished higher in the voting.

So the person who cast that first-place vote for Bryant, MLB.com's Mark Bowman, wrote up why he felt Bryant deserved to hoist the Kenesaw Mountain Landis Memorial Baseball Award for the second straight year.

"In the end, I chose Bryant because I believe he made the greatest impact, as his second-half production fueled the successful turnaround the Cubs experienced after the All-Star break," Bowman wrote.

"Though I don't believe the MVP must come from a playoff contender, in an attempt to differentiate the value provided by each of these three players (Bryant, Votto and Stanton), I chose to reward the impact made by Bryant, who produced the NL's fourth-best OPS (.968) after the All-Star break, when the Cubs distanced themselves from a sub-.500 record and produced an NL-best 49 wins."

It's easy for Cubs fans and observers to follow that logic, as the Cubs took off after the All-Star break following a disappointing first half. As good as Bryant was all season long, his second-half numbers, as Bowman pointed out, were especially great. He hit .325 with a .421 on-base percentage and a .548 slugging percentage over his final 69 games of the regular season, hitting 11 home runs, knocking out 21 doubles and driving in 35 runs during that span.

Perhaps the craziest thing about this year's MVP race and Bryant's place in it is that Bryant was just as good if not better than he was in 2016, when he was almost unanimously named the NL MVP. After slashing .292/.385/.554 with 39 homers, 102 RBIs, 35 doubles, 75 walks and 154 strikeouts in 2016, Bryant slashed .295/.409/.537 with 29 homers, 73 RBIs, 38 doubles, 95 walks and 128 strikeouts in 2017.

Of course, the competition was much steeper this time around. But Bryant was given the MVP award in 2016 playing for a 103-win Cubs team that was bursting with offensive firepower, getting great seasons from Anthony Rizzo (who finished third in 2016 NL MVP voting), as well as Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist. While the Cubs actually scored more runs this season and undoubtedly turned it on after the All-Star break on a team-wide basis, Bryant was far and away the best hitter on the team in 2017, with many other guys throughout the lineup having notably down years and/or experiencing down stretches throughout the season. Hence, making Bryant more, say it with me, valuable.

So Bowman's argument about Bryant's impact on the Cubs — a team that still scored 822 runs, won 92 games and advanced to the National League Championship Series — is a decently convincing one.

Check out Bowman's full explanation, which dives into some of Bryant's advanced stats.

Game on as Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis and Alex Cobb turn down qualifying offers

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Game on as Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis and Alex Cobb turn down qualifying offers

During the middle of Jake Arrieta’s 2015 Cy Young Award campaign, super-agent Scott Boras compared the emerging Cubs pitcher to another client – Max Scherzer – in the first season of a seven-year, $210 million megadeal with the Washington Nationals.

Now don’t focus as much on the money – though that obviously matters – as when Scherzer arrived for that Washington press conference to put on his new Nationals jersey: Jan. 21, 2015.

It might take Boras a while to find a new home for his “big squirrel with a lot of nuts in his trees.” Teams have been gearing up for next winter’s monster Bryce Harper/Manny Machado free-agent class for years. Mystery surrounds Shohei Ohtani, Japan’s Babe Ruth, and the posting system with Nippon Professional Baseball. Major League Baseball’s competitive balance tax may also have a chilling effect this offseason.

As expected, Arrieta, All-Star closer Wade Davis and pitcher Alex Cobb were among the group of free agents who went 9-for-9 in declining the one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer before Thursday’s deadline.

With that formality out of the way, if Arrieta and Davis sign elsewhere, the Cubs will receive two third-round picks in the 2018 draft.

By staying under the $195 million luxury-tax threshold this year, the Cubs would have to give up a second-round draft pick and $500,000 from their international bonus pool to sign Cobb, an obvious target given their connections to the Tampa Bay Rays, or Lance Lynn, another starter on their radar who turned down a qualifying offer from the St. Louis Cardinals.

That collectively bargained luxury-tax system became a central part of the Boras media show on Wednesday outside the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, where he introduced “Playoffville” as his new go-to analogy at the end of the general manager meetings.

“The team cutting payroll is treating their family where they’re staying in a neighborhood that has less protection for winning,” Boras said. “They’re not living in the gated community of Playoffville. Certainly, they’re saving a de minimis property tax, but the reality of it is there’s less firemen in the bullpen. There’s less financial analysts sitting in the press boxes.

“The rooms in the house are less, so obviously you’re going to have less franchise players. When you move to that 12-room home in Playoffville, they generally are filled with the people that allow you to really achieve what your family – your regional family – wants to achieve. And that is winning.”

Boras also represents four other players who rejected qualifying offers – J.D Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Greg Holland – another reason why this could be a long winter of Arrieta rumors, slow-playing negotiations and LOL metaphors.