11:22 AM EST, Fri March 05, 2021
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Outside The Confines: Texas seat drama

Outside The Confines: Texas seat drama

Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Proposed changes to Texas regulations might allow for too much too soon in terms of seating. Before we jump into the lead story for today’s links, just a quick note: if you were trying to comment on posts yesterday and found yourself unable to, there was an issue across the SB Nation platform that resulted in commenting being disabled. It’s back up and running now on all posts. I have been watching some spring training games lately, and while it’s lovely to see live people back in a park, and live games being played,...
1 hour ago
The Cubs should start the 2021 season at Sloan Park in Mesa

The Cubs should start the 2021 season at Sloan Park in Mesa

Photo by Joe Robbins/ If Wrigley Field can’t have fans, why not play in Arizona? Quite a number of MLB ballparks will be open to small numbers of fans to start the 2021 season. For example: The Kansas City Royals have announced fans will be allowed to attend games at Kauffman Stadium starting with the season opener. initially, pod-style seating will allow 10,000 fans per game. The announcement states a goal "to expand the capacity monthly." #Royals— Lynn Worthy (@LWorthySports) March 4, 2021 Busch Stadium in St. Louis will have up to 15,000 fans permitted, and...
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Cubs 7, Dodgers 0: The Cubs show some power

Cubs 7, Dodgers 0: The Cubs show some power

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Three home runs plus good pitching led the Cubs to another spring win. As is the case for most spring games, don’t read too much into the Cubs’ 7-0 win over the Dodgers Thursday evening, because this wasn’t off the Dodgers’ frontline pitching, nor was the offense generated produced by the Cubs’ better hitters. Nevertheless, it was good to see some of the sub Cubs break out the bats. They got the run-scoring started in the first inning thanks to some sketchy LA defense. Nico Hoerner singled with one out and advanced to second on...
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Baseball history unpacked, March 5

Baseball history unpacked, March 5

Scenes from the rich tapestry of the great game. ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*. Today in baseball history: 1886 - A business wrangle in the National League ends in a weakening of the league’s famous 50 cents admission standard. The St. Louis Maroons and Philadelphia Phillies, the two clubs facing rival American Association...
13 hours ago
Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Dodgers, Thursday 3/4, 7:05 CT

Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Dodgers, Thursday 3/4, 7:05 CT

Photo by Steph Chambers/ ——
15 hours ago
First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Dodgers, Thursday 3/4, 7:05 CT

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Dodgers, Thursday 3/4, 7:05 CT

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/MLB Photos via Go get ‘em, Trevor.
17 hours ago
Cubs vs. Dodgers Thursday 3/4 game threads

Cubs vs. Dodgers Thursday 3/4 game threads

Photo by Tim Warner/ If you seek Thursday’s game threads, look no further.
17 hours ago
Cubs vs. Dodgers at Glendale preview, Thursday 3/4, 7:05 CT

Cubs vs. Dodgers at Glendale preview, Thursday 3/4, 7:05 CT

Photo by Steph Chambers/ The first night game of the spring for the Cubs. SITE NOTE: Comments (as you have probably noticed) are currently deactivated. This is a network-wide outage. I am hoping they will be back by game time, but at this time there’s no specific time for restoring them. If you want to keep track of what they’re doing regarding this issue, click here. Not too many regulars in tonight’s lineup, which isn’t surprising given that this is an away night game followed by a home day game. We should see those guys tomorrow. We will get our first look...
21 hours ago
Animating some famous Cubs with the new ‘Deep Nostalgia’ online tool

Animating some famous Cubs with the new ‘Deep Nostalgia’ online tool

This is fun! You might have run across My Heritage’s new “Deep Animation” online tool recently. The site created it so that you can “animate” photos of your loved ones from the past. Our SB Nation Cardinals site Viva el Birdos did this with some famous Cardinals from the distant past. It looked like fun, so I did the same thing with some well-known Cubs from team history. These are cool, if a bit creepy. Johnny Evers Deep lines under his eyes, but you can still see a sparkle on that face. Joe Tinker The unibrow makes for...
23 hours ago
Know your enemy: Los Angeles Dodgers

Know your enemy: Los Angeles Dodgers

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports A great team got greater this offseason. EDITOR’S NOTE: I have been running these by division, then in alphabetical order by city name. I’m altering that a bit for today since the Cubs are playing the Dodgers tonight, and I figured it would be useful to have some information on them today. The Colorado Rockies installment, which otherwise would have run today, will run tomorrow. KEY ADDITIONS: Trevor Bauer, Corey Knebel, Blake Treinen, Tommy Kahnle KEY SUBTRACTIONS: Pedro Baez, Enrique Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Alex Wood The Dodgers...
Mar 4, 2021
Let’s talk about the ‘roll the inning’ rule

Let’s talk about the ‘roll the inning’ rule

Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports Some fans don’t like it. Me? I’m fine with it. As you know, there are a number of rule tweaks — I wouldn’t call them “changes” because they’re only temporary — for games this Spring Training. This is being done to keep players healthy as they ramp up from not having had a full season in almost 18 months. Here’s one rule change that’s been vexing some fans: For games that occur from February 27 (or 28) through March 13, Official Baseball Rule 5.09(e) (“Retiring the Side”) shall be relaxed, such that defensive managers...
Mar 4, 2021
Cub Tracks’ home plate

Cub Tracks’ home plate

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ #Cubs and #MLB news you can use. I’m gonna see if I can’t get up to see a game this spring. My trusty little Nissan loves the 100-mile trip to Phoenix metro and I can afford it if I skip Doordash a couple of times and actually cook. If not I’ll shoot for July 16, when the Cubs play the Diamondbacks. Doordash is a hard habit to break. Baseball is fun — Adbert Alzolay (@adbert29) March 3, 2021 Watched my first game of the year and the Cubs delivered, while I was working on this listicle. I was expecting things to be early-spring...
Mar 4, 2021
BCB After Dark: How’m I doing?

BCB After Dark: How’m I doing?

Photo by Quinn Harris/ Your hangout for night owls, early risers and Cubs fans abroad asks you to grade manager David Ross. Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the online hangout for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. Bring your own beverage. We’re still workshopping the slogan. As always, everyone is welcome to the BCB After Dark party. We do appreciate the late-nighters who comment and get the party started but the rest of you are more than welcome to continue the conversation through the morning. Last time I asked who you thought the Cubs...
Mar 3, 2021
Cubs 8, Mariners 8: Tying one on

Cubs 8, Mariners 8: Tying one on

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Lots of unusual happenings on a windy day at Sloan Park. Now is the time when you really know it’s spring training. We’re past the opener, we’re past the home opener, we’re into the meat of the schedule with strange and odd rules. Four times during the Cubs’ 8-8 tie with the Mariners on a day when the wind howled out at Sloan Park at 20+ miles per hour, innings were stopped on a pitch count. That’s a rule that will be in effect through games of March 13, and I personally don’t mind it but a better effort should be made to...
Mar 3, 2021
First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Mariners, Wednesday 3/3, 2:05 CT

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Mariners, Wednesday 3/3, 2:05 CT

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/MLB Photos via Go get ‘em, Zach.