MLB: ***Official 2017 Chicago Cubs Spring Training Thread***

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  1. Bret44

    Bret44 Well-Known Member

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    I figured we could use a Spring training thread since the off-season IS OVER!

    What do you guys think about Schwards behind the plate? I trust Maddon (obvi), but I don't know if I would risk those knees.
     
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  2. CyJack13

    CyJack13 Well-Known Member

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    There's probably one position player spot up for grabs, most likely between La Stella and Szczur. Szczur is out of options so if he loses out, that's the end of the road for him as a Cub. On the pitching side, there's probably two spots up for grabs and a lot of competition not just for the 25 man spots but also for the Iowa starting rotation which is a big change from last year where the Cubs ran out of AAA starters.
     
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  3. BigJCy

    BigJCy Well-Known Member

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    This is good. Greg Maddux pranks Kris Bryant:

     
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  4. BigJCy

    BigJCy Well-Known Member

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  5. BigJCy

    BigJCy Well-Known Member

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    Good Luck getting tix but if you want to give it a shot here you go:

     
  6. istater7

    istater7 Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully the Des Moines area offers more of the WGN games this year
     
  7. BigJCy

    BigJCy Well-Known Member

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    Some swings from probably the Cubs Top 2 prospects (Jiminez #68 & Happ #86):

     
  8. IASTATE07

    IASTATE07 Well-Known Member

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    I'm not a Cubs fan, but am heading down to Arizona to watch a couple games in the middle of next month.
     
  9. laminak

    laminak Well-Known Member

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    I have a likely twenty-five player roster here. Who is in if Szczur or La Stella is out?

    Montero
    Contreras
    Rizzo
    Bryant
    Zobrist
    Baez
    Russell
    La Stella
    Szczur
    Jay
    Almora
    Schwarber
    Heyward
    Arrieta
    Lackey
    Lester
    Hendricks
    Montgomery
    Anderson
    Grimm
    Strop
    Rondon
    Davis
    Uehara
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  10. CYdTracked

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    I doubt we see much of Schwarber behind the plate unless there is an injury. I think the mostly likely way he gets behind the plate is let's say Montero starts and late in the game they pull Schwarber from LF in a switch and remove Montero and stick Schwarber behind the plate to save Contreras on his day of rest or to pinch hit later. Maybe he talks Maddon into a few spot starts but I doubt they get too carried away with the notion of Schwarber getting regular time behind the plate not only because they have a guy now that should start 4 out of 5 days through the rotation (with Montero likely getting Arrieta's starts) and has the best arm of the 3 in Contreras but they know they have to be careful with him and I don't see them trying to find a way to play him nearly every day. I think with Baez pushing Zobrist out of 2B on most days you are going to see Schwarber probably get less starts than most think unless both Almora and Jay get pushed out of regular CF duty.
     
  11. cyclonenation5

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    Happ has a sweet looking swing.
     
  12. BigJCy

    BigJCy Well-Known Member

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    Yeah he does, switch hitter too.
     
  13. CyJack13

    CyJack13 Well-Known Member

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    Another pitcher, Joe likes having 13 pitchers.
     
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  14. CloneinWDSM

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  15. BigJCy

    BigJCy Well-Known Member

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    Hhhmmm...could work well but wonder if he will get enough legit RBI opportunities?
     
  16. theantiAIRBHG

    theantiAIRBHG Well-Known Member

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    What's the old cliche? You only hit leadoff once per game?

    I think it's more about Maddon wanting to get him more plate appearances over the course of a season. I'm sure there's a stat about how often your 1-4 guys get AB's vs your 5-9 guys, but I'm too lazy to look it up.
     
  17. Rabbuk

    Rabbuk Well-Known Member

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    Idk what schwarbers numbers look like as far as getting on base. I bet they are good though.
     
  18. BigJCy

    BigJCy Well-Known Member

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    #18 BigJCy, Feb 23, 2017
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    Pretty good read. Hopefully we "hit" on at least 1 of the 4 guys:

     
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  19. tman24

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    Did pretty good in the World Series.
     
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  20. Cyforce

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    Smith is a Rule 5 so he is likely.
    LaStella has options guessing the organization may want to check his commitment.
     

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