World Baseball Classic
Rosters for the World Baseball Classic were announced and several Cubs players will represent their respective countries. Infielder Javier Baez and right-handed pitcher Miguel Mejia will play for Puerto Rico; pitchers Hector Rondon and Jhondaniel Medina will suit up for Venezuela and outfielder John Andreoli will wear the Italian uniform. Other Cubs representing their countries include right-handed pitchers Jim Henderson (Canada), Mario Meza (Mexico) and Erling Moreno (Columbia). The WBC is March 6-22.
My fandom has taken a hit this off-season as two of my favorites—Jorge Soler and Donnie Dewees—have been traded. But the Cubs needed a closer and they need cost-controlled young arms that can develop into rotation pieces. And so you make deals, I’ll get over it. Also a little miffed on some of the stories I’ve read regarding trading Gleyber Torres to the Yankees for Aroldis Chapman. The only thing I’ve got to say is that I personally know Cubs fans that would have traded family members for a World Series title.
Extra inning change in AZL
The Arizona Rookie League, along with the Gulf Coast Rookie League, will be the testing ground for a new extra-inning rule. Beginning in 2017, a runner will be placed at second to start during an extra inning game. The exact inning has yet to be determined. This is nothing new to baseball as its been used in international play for years. And while it may be a long time, if ever implemented at the MLB level, there’s no need to have Rookie League pitchers throwing unnecessary innings