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Kris Bryant and the small window a player has to make big money

NBC Sports ChicagoDecember 1, 2018By Doug Glanville   The Chicago Cubs are quickly approaching an era where the young core of talented players is about to hit paydirt. It is the nature of the business that you play in the minor...

For baseball players, the offseason is another world — and a time to take stock

The AthleticNovember 27, 2018by Doug Glanville  In​ the​ 2002 offseason, two​ things​ happened: My​ father died,​ and​ I​ entered​ free agency​ for​ the first​ time. The​ loss​ of​ my​ father​​ made me take note of my age. In the...

Negotiating a contract while trying to fit in with a new team

NBC Sports ChicagoNovember 24, 2018By Doug Glanville   It is one thing to be traded, it is another thing to adjust to life on the other side with a new organization. The offseason after I was traded from the Cubs to the Phillies...

Traded in the offseason, but life goes on

NBC Sports ChicagoNovember 16, 2018By Doug Glanville  My mom’s father, my grandfather, in his North Carolina accent, used to ask me nearly every time I saw him. “You still hittin’ that ball?!?!” He knew my brother took extensive...

Winter Ball

NBC Sports ChicagoNovember 10, 2018By Doug Glanville   The offseason is a time for a player to enjoy a break from the grind of a professional season. Although players love the game, they also know that being so focused is taxing. You...

Alex Cora could open minds, but for diverse MLB manager candidates the goalposts keep moving

The AthleticOctober 23, 2018by Doug Glanville  In​ 2016,​ when I​ worked​ with current​ Red Sox​ manager​ Alex​ Cora at​ ESPN, we​ had​ a respectful debate.​ The​ topic​ was​ around​ the​​ Selig Rule, Major League Baseball’s effort to...

Fall to Spring - A player’s offseason changes meaning with each changing season

NBC Sports ChicagoOctober 21, 2018By Doug Glanville   A few weeks after we (the Cubs) were eliminated from the 2003 playoffs, I got a phone call from my college professor. Since it was officially the offseason, I was in the early...

Changing expectations have made it so 95 wins is not enough for Cubs

NBC Sports ChicagoOctober 16, 2018By Doug Glanville  During the first week of my rookie season with the Cubs, my teammate, the late Frank Castillo was running his sprints in the outfield in between starts. We were home at Wrigley and as...

What was, what could have been, and what 2018 says about the Cubs franchise

NBC Sports ChicagoOctober 3, 2018By Doug Glanville   It is sobering when the season ends no matter how far you expected to go. The Cubs closed out the season with consecutive losses at home and within 48 hours, a division title...

No such thing as an insignificant accomplishment: Celebrate it all

NBC Sports ChicagoSeptember 27, 2018By Doug Glanville  By the time I had experienced my first major league post-season game, I had played over 1,000 major league games. In fact, in my 1000th game, I was playing a home game for the Texas...

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