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We were just around Blythe on the edge of the desert when Cub Tracks News and Notes™ began to prevail. Suddenly the sky was full of material from current beat writers, bloggers and casuals accustomed to black. These plays centered on #Cubs, #MiLB and #MLB baseball, all dipping and screaming and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the roof up to Mesa.

First there was a storm of tweets:

And then the words…

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  • Jayson Stark (The Athletic {$}): Everything you need to know about MLB’s many schedule changes in 2022 and 2023. “Ready for the recap? Here we are.”
  • Maddie Lee (Chicago Sun-Times* {$}): Spring training returns for the Cubs: How “cautious optimism” turned into a “happy dance.” “On Friday morning, players from the Cubs’ 40-man roster began pouring into the Sloan Park complex.”
  • MLB Tonight on David Ross and the Cubs [VIDEO].
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (NBC Sports Chicago*): Ross: Unique first 2 years “made me a better manager”. “I don’t know if I would use the word challenge, but I like the uniqueness of this one,” Ross said.
  • Sahadev Sharma and Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): With David Ross’ extension complete, the Cubs focus on the roster and learn how to take advantage of the new ABC. “‘Play ball’ seems a bit tone deaf after Major League Baseball’s ‘defensive lockout’ lasted 99 days and exceeded several ‘deadlines’ to preserve a 162-game season.”
  • Ryan Sikes (Fanside*): Marcus Stroman “can’t wait to pitch” in front of the Wrigley crowd. “To throw in front of this electric crowd, that appeals to me a bit.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (NBC Sports Chicago*): Stroman on roster development: “We can compete right now.” “…I can’t wait to see these guys play.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (NBC Sports Chicago*): How the Cubs and Willson Contreras talks could be affected by the new CBA. “As far as our own guys go, once we fill out our roster, that’s something we’ll revisit,” Jed Hoyer said.
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation*): Carlos Correa “still makes sense” for the Cubs, even after signing Andrelton Simmons. “…with the new CBA and spending rules, the Cubs could ‘rethink their strategy’ to get through this offseason.” Evan Altman agrees.
  • Tim Stebbins (NBC Sports Chicago*): What adding Simmons means for the Cubs on the court. “With Simmons on board, Cubs manager Ross now has more potential combinations with his center infield.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (NBC Sports Chicago*): Hoerner on signing Simmons: “I’ll be ready if needed.” “I’m ready to play shortstop every day and able to play other places and we have work everywhere this offseason as well,” Hoerner said.
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation*): the Chicago Cubs “among the best pursuers” of Japanese slugger Seiya Suzuki. “He’s been Japan’s best player in recent years,” said a major league scout.
  • Jake Misener (Cubbies Crib*): Under new playoff rules, the Cubs would have won the division in 2018. “…the tie between Milwaukee and the Cubs at the end of the regular season would have been decided by their heads -at-a-head record against each other, where the Cubs held an 11-9 advantage.
  • Richard Johnson (Cubbies Crib*): A look back at troubling times with former Cubs general manager Larry Himes. “Himes’ notoriously high-handed manner and cavalier management style had alienated staff…”
  • Mia Perlman (Cubbies Crib*): The Cubs never reached their potential under the watchful eye of Dusty Baker. “…there’s not much love left for Baker in Chicago.”

Cub Birthdays: Mal Eason, Chippy Gaw, Eddie Butler, Keegan Thompson. Also note: Home Run Baker HOF.

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