This has been the offseason of Kris Bryant rumors and with his grievance still unresolved Cubs fans can only speculate what will happen to the MVP. Is Kris Bryant trying to change the system like Curt Flood did? Host David Kaplan is joined by ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers to discuss Bryant's future as a Cub, and the lackluster offseason the Cubs have had.
(1:50) - Why the Cubs have not made any moves so far
(3:32) - Is Kris Bryant the new Curt Flood?
(6:26) - Cubs need upgrades, specifically in the bullpen
(9:10) - Will the Cubs make a big move before the season starts?
(11:30) - Does Javy Baez get the big extension?
(14:45) - Will the Cubs get to 86 wins this year?
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Cubs Talk Podcast
Our first glimpse at the 2020 Cubs will have to wait.
Because of forecasted inclement weather into the afternoon, the Cubs' first spring training game on Sunday will be postponed to later in the day. This is to let the rain past and prep the field for the tomorrow's opener at Sloan Parka gainst the Oakland Athletics.
The Cubs game will now start at 7:10 CT instead.
And it's not just the game that is affected, the Cubs are encouraging fans to reconsider how they plan on getting to the ballpark.
"With high rain accumulation expected through the day, parking at Sloan Park could be limited," the Cubs said in a statement. "The Chicago Cubs and City of Mesa encourage guests to carpool, take public transportation or utilize ride sharing services."
The good news, no ticket exchange is necessary. So if you get there and the rains pass, you shouldn't have a hard time getting in.
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Anthony Rizzo's got jokes.
Thursday, Rizzo poked fun at the Houston Astros cheating scandal. The Cubs first baseman posted on his Instagram story "I think it's safe to say I won't lead the league in hit by pitches this year..." accompanied by a gif of three trash cans.
The Astros used a camera during their 2017 championship season to steal opposing teams' signs. Houston would relay those signs to their dugout, and someone would bang a trash can to signal to Astros hitters the exact pitch coming their way.
The scandal has players fuming league-wide, with more damning information advancing the story seemingly by the day. Now, there's an overwhelming feeling opponents will retaliate by intentionally plunking Astros hitters this season.
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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is warning all 30 teams consequences will come from any intentional beanballs. This could turn problematic fast, as umpires may overreact to any hit-by-pitch. Pitchers have the right to throw inside, and sometimes, a pitch just runs in too tight.
Rizzo is all too familiar with this, hence the bigger punchline to his post. The 30-year-old has been hit 145 times in his nine-year MLB career — second among all active players (Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo holds a slight 'advantage' at 150, albeit with six more seasons on his résumé).
Rizzo notoriously stands on top of the plate, hence why he's plunked so frequently. If an Astro is hit more than him in 2020, one will rightfully make the connection to Houston's scandal.
In the meantime, we're here for Rizzo trolling, and he won't be the last player to do so at the Astros' expense.