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MLB 16 The Show: Cubs-White Sox World Series showdown

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MLB 16 The Show: Cubs-White Sox World Series showdown

With the Cubs and White Sox on the verge of Chicago baseball history, it leaves the door open for fans to daydream about an all-Windy City World Series.

With the premier baseball video game - MLB 16 The Show - coming out for PlayStation last week, we worked our magic to create a Cubs-White Sox World Series (which was much tougher than anticipated).

Try after try, we couldn't get the White Sox out of the first round of a simulated playoff bracket, so we flipped it to one-game playoff series and immediately were rewarded with a Cubs-White Sox World Series.

[RELATED - Cubs, White Sox on the verge of making Chicago baseball history]

Instead of showing off our ineptitude playing the game, we simulated to the bottom of the ninth inning, where the Sox clung to a two-run lead at Wrigley Field.

That brought us to Kyle Schwarber at the plate against David Robertson with two runners on and two out. Check out the video above to see how the (abbreviated) Crosstown World Series turned out.

Viewer's guide - Here are the complete Show ratings of each Chicago baseball player:


CUBS

Jake Arrieta - 95
Jon Lester - 88
John Lackey - 81
Jason Hammel - 77
Kyle Hendricks - 80

Adam Warren - 77
Travis Wood - 71
Neil Ramirez - 76
Trevor Cahill - 69
Pedro Strop - 79
Justin Grimm - 71
Hector Rondon - 83

Dexter Fowler - 78
Jason Heyward - 85
Ben Zobrist - 84
Anthony Rizzo - 92
Kris Bryant - 85
Kyle Schwarber - 77
Jorge Soler - 78
Miguel Montero - 76
Addison Russell - 79

David Ross - 63
Javy Baez - 73
Tommy La Stella - 72
Matt Szczur - 61


WHITE SOX

Chris Sale - 94
Jose Quintana - 81
Carlos Rodon - 79
John Danks - 74
Erik Johnson - 64

Zach Duke - 74
Zach Putnam - 72
Jacob Petricka - 68
Dan Jennings - 69
Nate Jones - 80
Matt Albers - 72
David Robertson - 88

Adam Eaton - 81
Jimmy Rollins - 81
Jose Abreu - 86
Todd Frazier - 84
Melky Cabrera - 76
Avisail Garcia - 74
Brett Lawrie - 78
Alex Avila - 75
Austin Jackson - 71

Dioner Navarro - 80
Carlos Sanchez - 65
JB Shuck - 67
Mike Olt - 62
Adam LaRoche (pre-retirement) - 69

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”

Cubs have new hitting coach in Anthony Iapoce

Cubs have new hitting coach in Anthony Iapoce

The Cubs are heading into a new season with a different hitting coach for the second straight winter, but the most recent choice is a familiar face.

Anthony Iapoce is set to join Joe Maddon's coaching staff this week after serving in the same capacity with the Texas Rangers for the last three seasons. The Cubs confirmed the move Monday afternoon shortly after the news broke out of the Rangers camp.

The Cubs fired Chili Davis last week after just one season as the team's hitting coach.

Entering the final week of the season, the Rangers fired manager Jeff Banister, leaving Iapoce and the rest of the Texas coaching staff in limbo.

As such, Iapoce is rejoining the Cubs, where he served as a special assistant to the General Manager from 2013-15 focusing on player development, particularly in the hitting department throughout the minor leagues.

Iapoce has familiarity with a bunch of the current star offensive players on the Cubs, from Willson Contreras to Kris Bryant. 

Both Bryant and Contreras endured tough 2018 seasons at the plate, which was a huge reason for the Cubs' underperforming lineup. Bryant's issue was more related to a left shoulder injured suffered in mid-May while Contreras' offensive woes remain a major question mark after the young catcher looked to be emerging as a legitimate superstar entering the campaign.

Getting Contreras back to the hitter that put up 21 homers and 74 RBI in only 117 games in 2017 will be one of the main goals for Iapoce, so the history between the two could be a key.

With the Rangers, Iapoce oversaw an offense that ranked 7th, 9th and 14th in MLB in runs scored over the last three seasons. The decline in offensive production is obviously not a great sign, but the Rangers as a team have fallen off greatly since notching the top seed in the AL playoffs in 2016 with 95 wins only to lose 95 games in 2018, resulting in the change at manager.

Iapoce has worked with an offense backed by Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Shin-Soo Choo, Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo the last few seasons.

Under Iapoce's tutelage, former top prospect Jurickson Profar shed any notion of a "bust" label and emerged as a budding star at age 25, collecting 61 extra-base hits with a .793 OPS in 2018.

When the Cubs let Davis go last week, they provided no update on assistant hitting coach Andy Haines, who just finished his first season in that role and is expected to remain with the team for 2019. The same offseason Iapoce left for the Rangers, Haines took over as the Cubs' minor league hitting instructor.