In today's episode of Extremely Easy Decisions, the White Sox have made perhaps one of the easiest:
It’s official pic.twitter.com/gPwhguPMvp— James Fegan (@JRFegan) June 18, 2019
According to at least one reporter, the decision has been in the works for a couple months now, even pre-dating the Cubs-Astros incident from last month:
The Chicago #WhiteSox have been discussing this for months, long before the incident in Houston, and now will extend the protective netting at Guaranteed Rate Field from foul pole to foul pole, per @CST_soxvan. The change likely will take place for the 2020 season— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 18, 2019
It'll be the first MLB stadium that has protective netting that stretches out all the way to both foul poles, so kudos to the White Sox for not waiting around any longer. An easy decision, made easily! Turns out it's just that simple after all.
The Bears battle for the 53-man roster doesn’t have many contentious positions entering training camp.
Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy brought back largely the same roster from their breakout 2018 season, finding replacements for the few players gone in free agency.
Outside of kicker, the entire starting lineup is pretty much set for Week 1, and the main competitions to stick with the team are at the bottom of the depth chart.
It leaves the roster with no notable veterans that stand out as candidates to be cut. ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson was asked to name one for an article, and he couldn’t come up with any.
He mentioned Taquan Mizzell, who made the move from running back to wide receiver this offseason, but as Dickerson pointed out “Mizzell is hardly a well-known commodity around the league.”
Former third-round pick Jonathan Bullard hasn’t lived up to his draft status, but the Bears have seemed comfortable keeping him around in a backup role.
The Bears roster has very little fat to trim. The only other player who could potentially qualify is cornerback Sherrick McManis, since the team has so many young players at his position, but he’s been working at safety to increase his value, and he’s one of the team’s best special teams contributors.
The trim down from the 90-man roster shouldn’t have too many significant surprises, which is why so much of the attention this offseason continues to go to the kicker position.