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Cubs embracing Joe Maddon's not-so-subtle motto: 'Try not to suck'

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Cubs embracing Joe Maddon's not-so-subtle motto: 'Try not to suck'

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Joe Maddon seemingly has an endless stream of mottos and slogans at his disposal.

Sunday's iteration came in the form of T-shirts Cubs players and personnel wore for their workout at Sloan Park, though the exact slogan, "try not to suck" is actually from last season: Javy Baez first made the public aware of it back in Cubs Convention in January when he told fans the story of how Maddon used that phrase as advice for Baez's reintroduction to the big leagues.

But "try not to suck" was a popular motto in the Cubs' dugout last year, as guys like David Ross would shout it out a few times a game in an effort to have some fun and alleviate some of the pressure that comes with the game of baseball.

"It's the most positive negative you've ever heard in your life," Maddon joked with reporters Sunday morning.

Maddon and the Cubs are selling the shirts through Korked Baseball and all proceeds will go to Maddon's Respect 90 foundation. 

He said he appreciates the authenticity of the phrase and hopes it's just the beginning of raising money for his foundation through selling T-shirts.

Report: Giants interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for manager opening

Report: Giants interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for manager opening

The Giants' search for a successor to now-retired manager Bruce Bochy has led them to the North Side.

According to NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic, the Giants are interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for their own managerial opening. San Francisco's interest is intriguing, as Venable went to high school just outside San Francisco in nearby San Rafael. His father — Max Venable — played for the Giants from 1979-83. 

Venable also interviewed for the Cubs' manager job earlier this month, telling the Chicago Sun-Times that his interest is in the "organization in general." He is one of several internal candidates for the Cubs' job, along with bench coach Mark Loretta and front office assistant David Ross.

The Cubs also interviewed Joe Girardi and are set to meet with Astros bench coach Joe Espada and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.

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Former Cub Mark Prior 'likely' to take over as Dodgers pitching coach in 2020

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Former Cub Mark Prior 'likely' to take over as Dodgers pitching coach in 2020

Mark Prior's big-league playing career unfortunately fizzled out due to recurring injury woes, but he's making a name for himself in the coaching realm.

With Dodgers current pitching coach Rick Honeycutt transitioning into a new role, Prior is expected to takeover the position starting next season.

Cubs fans know the story of Prior's playing career all too well. The Cubs drafted him second overall in the 2001, with Prior making his MLB debut just a season later. He went on to dominate in 2003, posting an 18-6 record, 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 30 starts, a season in which he made the All-Star Game and finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

However, Prior's season ended on a sour note, as he was on the mound during the Steve Bartman incident in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. Prior exited the game with a 3-1 lead, but the Cubs surrendered seven more runs that inning, eventually falling to the Marlins 8-3 before losing Game 7 the next day. 

Prior struggled to stay healthy after 2003, eventually retiring in 2013 after multiple comeback attempts. While many blame his injury-riddled career on former Cubs manager Dusty Baker, Prior does not. 

While we can only wonder what could've been with Prior to the pitcher, it's good to see him still making an impact in baseball in some fashion.

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