Jorge Soler Rips a two-run Dinger (VIDEO)

Soler Dinger

That sound off the bat is so very sweet.  Jorge Soler has been bringing the power this spring, not many other balls are falling right now, but he’s got the power stroke down.

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Javy Baez Destroys a Baseball (VIDEO)

Baez Dinger

Javier Baez injured a baseball just now, it made a loud noise, it was fun.

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Jorge Soler Crushes First Dinger of the Spring (VIDEO)

Soler Dinger

Love that Jorge Soler opposite field power.  Boom!

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Ka-BOOM; Dexter Fowler Gets All of One (VIDEO)

It’s so nice to see Dexter Fowler in the lineup for the Cubs, Randall Delgado might disagree.  Hot sauce!

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Addison Russell Destroys Two-Run Bomb (VIDEO)

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Addison Russell came up with a huge two-out, two-run dinger into propel the Cubs to a 3-0 win against the Angels today.  Not much doubt about this one, enjoy.

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Grandpa Ross Turns Ridiculous Double Play (VIDEO)

Oh my!  David Ross isn’t in mid-season form, he’s in 2008 season form.  Check out the ridiculous catch and throw he made today during the Cubs 3-0 win over the Angels.

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Spring Gameday; March 4, 2016 (Lineups, Broadcast Info)

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Baseball during the day is so very nice, even if it doesn’t count yet.  Pierce Johnson takes the mound for the Cubs today as they open their home portion of the spring schedule.  Here is how they will line up, I believe the game is on MLB.tv with a subscription, and Cubs.com has the audio.

  1. Fowler CF
  2. Zobrist 2B
  3. Heyward RF
  4. Baez 1B
  5. Victorino DH
  6. Russell SS
  7. La Stella 3B
  8. Ross C
  9. Perez LF

SP – Pierce Johnson

On a personal note, Pierce Johnson is one of my favorite players, rooting hard for him.  Go Cubs!

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Spring Training 2016; Arms Impress in Opener

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It wasn’t the desired result for the Cubs but there were plenty of things to like in the Cubs spring training opener today against the Brewers.  Travis Wood, Kyle Hendricks, Clayton Richard, Rex Brothers, C.J. Riefenhauser, and Spencer Patton combined to four hit the Brewers while walking one, and striking out thirteen.  The bats were slow to get going in this one as the Cubs group of hitters could only push across one run on seven hits.  Javier Baez got the start in center today, and struggled in the early going.  He played an out (maybe a double) into a triple right off the bat, then one hitter later he dropped a fly ball, it’ll get better.

Some of today’s standouts:

Kyle Schwarber:  1-for-3
Kris Bryant: 1-for-2
Miguel Montero: 2-for-2 with a double
Dan Vogelbach: 1-for-3 with a double, and an RBI

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It’s GAMEDAY! (Lineup vs. Brewers – March 3, 2016)

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The 2016 spring season kicks off this afternoon as the Cubs take on a split squad Brewers team at 2:05 PM CST.  Travis Wood gets the ball for the Cubs in his first audition to make the starting rotation out of camp.  Here is how the Cubs will line up, MLB.com has audio for this game, but you might need a subscription.

  1. Schwarber – LF
  2. Bryant – 3B
  3. Rizzo – 1B
  4. Soler – RF
  5. Montero – C
  6. Baez – CF
  7. La Stella – 2B
  8. Vogelbach – DH
  9. Kawasaki – SS

SP – Travis Wood

Lots of things to see today, Schwarber leading off, and Baez starting in CF are two of the bigger ones.  As Maddon said yesterday, don’t read anything into any of the lineups yet as it’s too early.  Albert Almora is available off the bench today.

I’m running a contest today over on twitter, correctly guess the first player to hit a home run for the Cubs, and WIN!

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Cubs Sign Victorino to a Minor League Deal

(Boston, MA, 07/29/14) Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (18) peers out of the Red Sox dugout during the ninth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass., on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Staff photo by Christopher Evans

Photo Credit:  Christopher Evans – Boston Herald Staff Photo

Add another name to the Cubs outfield mix.  Today the Cubs announced that they have signed 35 year old Shane Victorino to a minor league deal worth $1M and carries another $1M worth of incentives (Per Jerry Crasnick).  I’m not sure if Victorino will be a fit on the field for the Cubs.  He will have to be able to field his position at a high level to make this roster and it remains to be seen if he still can.  Victorino is another solid clubhouse addition that Theo and company have seen proof of in the past.  He is a good guy and a good teammate so I’m sure if he doesn’t make the team he will still have a solid influence on the guys during camp.

Victorino has had a lengthy major league career and seems like he has been around forever.  He made is major league debut with the Padres in 2003 before turning heads with the Phillies starting around 2006.  Putting the bat on the ball has been a strength for the “flyin’ Hawaiian” throughout his career which definitely plays off the bench.

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