Prom season is upon us, and we may already have a winner for best photo of the 2018 season.
Cubs' superstars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, whose bromance has been well-documented, combined for a hilarious photo at Thursday's Bricks and Ivy Ball at Navy Pier. Check it out:
Look at those smiles!
In all seriousness, it's cool to see Bryant and Rizzo having fun with their bromance on and off the field. And while last night's event was not an actual prom, Bryzzo has to be in the running for best photo of the 2018 season.
Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan and Tony Andracki break down the Kris Bryant trade rumors.
01:00 - How much truth is there to the "Will Kris Bryant be traded" story?
04:25 - Is there any package a team could offer that would give the Cubs what they value Kris Bryant at?
05:35 - Who is the most untouchable player on the Cubs roster?
08:55 - Will Kris Bryant be in Chicago long enough to wear a Cubs hat if he makes it to Cooperstown?
12:00 - Is Nolan Aranado a match in a possible trade for Bryant
16:00 - If MVP is Bryant's ceiling, what is his floor?
17:00 - Any players who had a shoulder issue like Bryant had who never bounced back?
19:00 - Would a Noah Syndergard for Kris Bryant trade make sense?
20:20 - Could Josh Donaldson be a target for the Cubs?
21:00 - Is all this Bryant talk much ado about nothing
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
Joe Maddon's future beyond 2019 remains unclear, but his 2018 performance was good enough in someone's eyes to warrant a first-place vote in NL Manager of the Year voting.
Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker won the award, receiving 17 of the 30 first-place votes in the process. Meanwhile, Maddon also added a third-place vote to finish fifth overall, behind Milwaukee's Craig Counsell, Colorado's Bud Black and St. Louis' Mike Shildt.
Members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America vote for the award and two representatives from each market vote, adding up to the 30 voters (see the full list of 2018 NL voters here). Jayson Stark tweeted out that it was in fact 670 The Score's Bruce Levine who voted for Maddon with a hometown pick.
A large number of Cubs fans are disappointed that 2018 was the worst postseason run the team has had in the current run of four straight playoff appearances, but that doesn't factor into the voting. Maddon led the Cubs to 95 wins, second best in the league to the Brewers after Milwaukee won the NL Central playoff at Wrigley Field. He did so while Yu Darvish pitched only 40 innings, Kris Bryant was limited to 102 games and had his worst season in the majors and closer Brandon Morrow didn't pitch after July 15.
That is a decent argument to make for Maddon, but expectations have never been higher on the North Side and Theo Epstein saying the Cubs won't renew his contract this offseason isn't the highest vote of confidence.
Maddon's future with the Cubs will be a talking point until he either leaves or gets a new contract, but he has one believer in Chicago.