Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher

Syndicate

David Ross Newsbeat

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Cubs’ David Ross to use slugger Kris Bryant as leadoff man

MESA, Ariz.—New Chicago Cubs manager David Ross wasted no time in making his first big decision, announcing Kris Bryant as his leadoff man even before playing a game.

“You’ll see him at the top of the order a whole lot in spring training,” Ross said Wednesday. “Kris Bryant is a really good at-bat, gets on base, is probably one of our best baserunners. His baseball IQ is extremely high. When you talk about putting the best players at the top of the order, I want to put him at the top.”’

Bryant is on board, having hit leadoff in college after teams stopped pitching to him in the middle of the University of San Diego order.

The Cubs ranked last in the majors in on-base percentage (.294) from the No. 1 spot last season, after ranking first in the National League in 2018. Ross intends to give Bryant, who has a career .385 OBP, a long leash.

Any thoughts on this move?

 

QLE Posted: February 20, 2020 at 12:39 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: david ross, kris bryant, leadoff hitter

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Ten Questions for the Unofficial Start of Baseball Season

The most important moment of the Super Bowl had nothing to do with football. When the game clock hit zero, baseball season began.

Sure, there’s plenty of time to get mad in March while watching college basketball, but nothing gets us through the final weeks of winter quite like the anticipation of baseball. We’ve got 10 big questions leading up to the 2020 season.

1. Will the Yankees run away with the AL East?
The Yankees signed Gerrit Cole at the winter meetings and immediately became World Series favorites. Giving $324 million to the best pitcher on the planet is the most Yankees way to fix their rotation, and their lineup should be as good, if not better than it was last season.

Still, the AL East isn’t an easy division to win. The Rays have mastered winning on a small budget and should be good again this year. The Blue Jays should be better in their second season of Vlad Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio. And the Red Sox will still be a threat as long as they don’t trade Mookie Betts (more on that later).

So, what questions do you have that aren’t asked here?


Monday, January 20, 2020

Andy Green ‘fired up’ to be with Cubs, help David Ross any way he can

It’s quite fitting Andy Green’s introduction to Cubs Nation came at the team’s annual fan festival this weekend.

Green, whom the Cubs officially hired as bench coach in December, grew up a Reds fan in his native Lexington, Ky. It wasn’t long before his allegiances changed to one of Cincinnati’s geographic neighbors, however.

“I went to [former Reds ballpark Riverfront Stadium] as a kid at like 5, 6, 7, first time I saw big-league baseball,” Green told NBC Sports Chicago on Saturday. “But my mom took me up to Wrigley at 12 or 13. I was like ‘This is big-league baseball.’

“I switched over allegiances that time as a Cubs fan, watched Ryne Sandberg — Mark Grace was somebody who jumped off the page to me at that point in time. It was late 80s, early 90s.”

He isn’t preparing for the next step if David Ross turns out to be as poor a choice for this role as many of us suspect, is he?

 

QLE Posted: January 20, 2020 at 12:36 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, cubs, david ross

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogEmpty Stadium Sports Will Be Really Weird
(4124 - 2:14am, May 27)
Last: Mayor Blomberg

NewsblogMLB owners sending latest plan to MLBPA that includes sliding pay scale for players
(10 - 1:46am, May 27)
Last: Tin Angel

NewsblogOT – NBA CoronaThread 2020
(3039 - 1:31am, May 27)
Last: never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135

NewsblogMLB, players’ union are working to salvage season, and the next two weeks are critical
(5 - 11:35pm, May 26)
Last: Stevey

NewsblogGregg Jefferies complicated Mets’ failure looks different now
(52 - 10:28pm, May 26)
Last: DanG

NewsblogNoah Syndergaard offers fiery response to landlord's lawsuit: 'See you in court pal'
(64 - 9:29pm, May 26)
Last: Adam Starblind

Newsblog“Is MLB Going to Be Able to Pull This Back?” Health Experts Break Down Baseball’s Plan
(1 - 9:25pm, May 26)
Last: Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network)

NewsblogCrew chief: Umpire told Jeter he was tagged by Rolen in stolen base attempt
(159 - 9:19pm, May 26)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

NewsblogEx-Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang suspended one year by KBO for past DUIs
(1 - 7:46pm, May 26)
Last: flournoy

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread - Spring 2020
(244 - 6:30pm, May 26)
Last: KronicFatigue

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (May 2020)
(228 - 5:32pm, May 26)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

Newsblog'The Wild West:' MiLB Teams On Chopping Block Scramble To Find MLB Partner
(26 - 5:00pm, May 26)
Last: DL from MN

NewsblogMLB owners approve historic revenue-sharing plan amid coronavirus pandemic
(172 - 4:39pm, May 26)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

Newsblogcoronavirus and baseball collide in Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea
(5 - 3:13pm, May 26)
Last: Karl from NY

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-22-2020
(31 - 3:05pm, May 26)
Last: The Mighty Quintana

Page rendered in 1.0008 seconds
54 querie(s) executed