The Scrap Heap

I thought about making this a daily facepalm post, but the ‘daily’ in it stretches the incredulity even beyond our level of discreditedness. So I have revived its predecessor instead.

Cubs Hires

  • I had been waiting for the Cubs to hire Jim Hickey as the new pitching coach to write a new post, but they took something like four weeks to announce it and by that point everyone just kind of assumed that he had already been hired and it was barely news.
  • Brandon Hyde is the new bench coach, with Dave Martinez heading to the Nationals.
  • Former Padre Will Venable retired and is the Cubs new first base coach.
  • They also hired special assistant Jim Benedict, who may or may not be some kind of pitching guru who was axed in the Marlins new ownership purge.

Qualifying Offers

  • As expected, the Cubs made QOs to Arrieta and Davis, who turned them down.
  • Under the current rules, the Cubs will net two picks at the end of the second round.


  • Anthony Rizzo won the Clemente Award, which honors players for community involvement and contributions off the field.
  • Soon to be former Miami Marlin Giancarlo Stanton won the MVP award in a surprisingly close vote, edging out Joey Votto by just …Read the Rest

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