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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Kris Bryant has historic 3-homer, 2-double win | MLB.com

This guy looks pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:46 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Monday, March 28, 2016

Is the secret to Kris Bryant’s success ... his dad?

Mostly a puff piece, though it’s much more about Kris Bryant’s dad, Mike, than Kris.  Mike appears to have a bit of crazy parent thing going on:

MIKE WONDERS IF he sounds nuts. He traveled to 30 games last season, threw to Kris in the Home Run Derby and became an associate scout for the Cubs. He’s got a business card. It’s not a full-time job, but he gets $250 if a kid he recommends is signed to a contract. Adidas, which endorses Kris, is backing Mike on a youth team in Vegas. He has a lot of new shoes. He lives vicariously through his son, he admits, “just like you’re not supposed to do.”

Yes, he sounds nuts.

MIKE WAS THERE when Kris hit his first over-the-fence home run. Kris was 8. As his boy rounded third base, Mike greeted him, scooped him off the ground and wrapped him in a hug. He knew Kris was a special kind of talent. He could see it in his pensive blue eyes, in the way he translated instruction into action at the plate, as if he were a decade older. Mike knew what he had was rare, and he understood he would have to train his son differently.

“Pro batting practice” started at 11, with Mike making Kris use the entire field to create hits. During games, Mike would bench Kris, at least for the first inning but sometimes two or three. The pair talked strategy while the other kids played. He wanted his son to see the game, not just be in it. Mike also took to putting Kris at the bottom of the batting order. Two hits that day and Kris could move up one spot. After games, Mike would find the team’s scorekeeper and scrutinize his son’s numbers. He changed every one of Kris’ infield hits to outs. Derek Jeter would have made those plays, Mike told his 12-year-old.

The idea was simple: Kris needed to earn everything.

Moses Taylor, sex fowler Posted: March 28, 2016 at 03:09 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, parents

Friday, March 04, 2016

Kris Bryant, Cubs agree to $652,000 contract

The Chicago Cubs and third baseman Kris Bryant, the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year, agreed to a one-year, $652,000 contract.

Bryant will receive a raise of more than $145,000 - a substantial amount considering he has less than one full year of major league service time. Bryant also will receive $111,000 more than Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, who will earn $541,000 despite more than two years of service time.

This almost most likely doesn’t help the Cubs sign him in 6 years, or to an extension before then, but it’s definitely a gesture, with relative chump change, that surely helps the relationship even if last year’s promotegate was overblown.


 

 

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