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Proof Sveum is preaching fundamentals

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Proof Sveum is preaching fundamentals

Baseball players are supposed to know all the fundamentals by the time they get to the big leagues.

Hit the cutoff man, set your feet before making a throw (if possible), use two hands on a fly ball, round the inside corner of the bag to cut down on resistance and the time it takes to get from one base to the next. You know, that kind of stuff.

Spring camp serves as a reminder for these men making millions upon millions of dollars. First-year manager Dale Sveum took things a step further in trying to get his players to run the bases the right way.

He spray-painted a blue square on the corner of the otherwise-white bag, indicating where each runner should hit with his foot as he rounds the bases.

This isn't a ground-breaking move by any means. Baseball coaches have been doing something along these lines for years. What's funny is it's probably used more for Little League players than MLB guys.

But hey, any reminder is helpful, right? It's just more proof the Cubs are going to get back to the basics, something this organization desperately needed.

Check out the photo on the right, as well as an entire gallery from CSN's David Kaplan, who is down in Arizona right now. The photos are great, ranging from Kerry Wood facing off against Sveum in the bunting competition to Rick Sutcliffe throwing batting practice to a couple Theo sightings.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: