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Sveum wants Cubs to plow over catchers?

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Sveum wants Cubs to plow over catchers?

New Cubs manager Dale Sveum may be rather quiet and tame in talking with the media, but he doesn't expect his players to follow suit.

No, the former Brewers hitting coach would rather his guys run through the catcher when there's a play at the plate, not just sliding.

"You want to have catchers fear you when you're coming into home plate," Sveum said. "Not just taking the easy way out and sliding.

"That was one thing I think we established in Milwaukee when we were taking the easy way out when we were running the bases and running down the lines. And a lot of people respected that. Whether we won or lost, they knew they were at least in a fist fight and that they would have to at least outhustle us."

Interesting considering he seems to mellow in his public appearances to date. But then again, his nickname is "Nuts."

Sounds like the 2012 Cubs may be getting into some on-field brawls. Nice.

Check out more from the video below. Lots of good stuff in there about Sveum's take on aggressiveness from his 1-on-1 interview with CSN's David Kaplan.

Cubs reportedly agree to deal with reliever Jeremy Jeffress

Cubs reportedly agree to deal with reliever Jeremy Jeffress

The Cubs bullpen is undergoing an overhaul with Steve Cishek and Brandon Kintzler already heading to other teams and perhaps more changes coming.

One incoming change is apparently Jeremy Jeffress. According to reports, the Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal with the 32-year-old reliever.


Jeffress was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round back in 2006 and has had three stints with the team since. He made his MLB debut with the Brewers in 2010, but left the team the following offseason as part of the Zack Greinke trade with the Kansas City Royals.

Years later, he re-signed with the Brewers in 2014. The Brewers then dealt him to the Texas Rangers in the middle of the 2016 season, only to re-acquire him from Texas the following trade deadline.

In his most recent stint with the Brewers, Jeffress was streaky. He was an all-star in 2018 (1.29 ERA, 89 strikeouts, 27 walks in 76 2/3 innings), but had an ERA north of five in 2019. That 2018 season was the best of his career in many ways so the Cubs will be hoping to recreate some of that magic as opposed to his lackluster 2019.

Either way, the right-hander gives the Cubs a much-needed veteran presence in the bullpen after the losses of Cishek, Kintzler and possibly Pedro Strop, who is still a free agent.

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Former Cubs manager Dusty Baker reportedly to take Houston Astros job

Former Cubs manager Dusty Baker reportedly to take Houston Astros job

The Houston Astros are going through one of the more unusual offseasons in recent baseball history, but they reportedly have a man picked out to the guide team out of it.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Astros have pegged Dusty Baker to be the team’s next manager. Baker takes over after A.J. Hinch was unceremoniously fired following details of the sign-stealing investigation came out.

Baker, 70, was the Cubs manager from 2003-2006. He guided the North Siders to the 2003 NLCS before the team’s infamous collapse to the Marlins in that series.

Baker last managed the Washington Nationals in 2016 and 2017. The Nationals won the NL East both years, but were bounced out in the NLDS each postseason.

In the Astros, Baker takes over a team that has won more than 100 games each of the past three seasons, including winning the 2017 World Series and making it to the 2019 World Series. 

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