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In award-winning week, three Cubs appear in NL MVP voting

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In award-winning week, three Cubs appear in NL MVP voting

A banner week for the Cubs ended with three of their cornerstone pieces showing up in the National League MVP voting, yet another sign of the franchise’s resurgence.

As expected, Bryce Harper became the unanimous winner when the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced the results on Thursday, the Washington Nationals outfielder going 30-for-30 in first-place votes.

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Anthony Rizzo – the All-Star first baseman who put up 31 homers and 101 RBI while emerging as a leader for a young Cubs team – came in fourth with 162 points.

Jake Arrieta – who won the Cy Young Award on Wednesday – got five second-place votes and finished sixth with 134 points.

Kris Bryant – the unanimous Rookie of the Year winner and an All-Star third baseman during his age-23 season – placed 11th with 34 points.

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Joe Maddon – the ringleader of this circus – is now a three-time Manager of the Year after Tuesday’s BBWAA announcement.

This happens when a team wins 97 games and finishes with the third-best record in baseball. Add it all up and there will be sky-high expectations when pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Arizona, in February.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.