LOS ANGELES – The Cubs tried to downplay expectations at first with a top prospect, framing Ian Happ’s promotion from Triple-A Iowa as a short-term solution for a roster facing multiple injury issues. And then Happ blasted a two-run homer off Carlos Martinez – an All-Star/Opening Day starter for the Cardinals – in his big-league debut on May 13 and kept hitting to the point where he made it an easy decision for the Cubs to keep him around. After the initial burst – seven extra-base hits in his first eight games – the Cubs have watched Happ go 2-for-21 with 12 strikeouts in his last six games against the pitching-rich Giants and Dodgers. How much patience will the Cubs have with a rookie learning
Major League Baseball is nothing if not efficient. Honoring the men and women who laid down their lives for their country — and honoring a hat company, all in one tweet. On Monday, all 30 Major League Baseball teams commemorated Memorial Day by promoting camouflage, New Era hats, on sale for the low price of about $40, depending on which variety for which team. Capitalizing on the day of remembrance to help the brand is nothing new or novel, and the fact MLB’s proceeds go to charity is admirable. But the speed at which the memory of soldiers was turned into a marketing device is something to behold. “Today is about honor and respect,” each team’s tweet read. “Tip your @neweracap to those who’ve
The 2017 MLB Draft begins on June 12, and teams are hoping to come away with future franchise players and avoid any disappointments that can set back their organizations. 1. Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs — The 24-year-old left fielder is in his third season, first year as a starter, in the majors and is a hero in Cubs history. The fourth overall pick helped them win their first World Series in 108 years by batting .412 (7-for-17) with two RBI in the Fall Classic, six months after tearing his ACL and LCL in his left knee. 2. Michael Conforto, New York Mets — Since being chosen 10th overall, the left fielder has had one good full season, one bad campaign and now two great months this season with the Mets.