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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...

Perfecting the imperfect season: Why the Cubs are the team to beat

NBC Sports ChicagoSeptember 19, 2018By Doug Glanville  Tuesday night as the Cubs trounced the Arizona Diamondbacks, there was a collective sigh of relief amongst the fan faithful. It is easy to see a turnaround or say that the offense...

Kris Bryant's swing and the game of adjustments

NBC Sports ChicagoSeptember 6, 2018By Doug Glanville  I stepped into the batter box at Sec Taylor Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa as a player with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. I knew the guy on the mound from his name. Gregg Olson. Former legendary...

Murphy's Law: Revenge is best served cold

NBC Sports ChicagoAugust 28, 2018By Doug Glanville   It’s not personal, we say, because that would be petty, but any player that has been traded or simply moved on, enjoys putting a foot in their former team. If they have pride....

David Bote, the Cubs and the case for slow development

NBC Sports ChicagoAugust 16, 2018By Doug Glanville   The first time I was called up to the big leagues was in June of 1996. Of course a big part of the excitement was dreaming about the future. The dream was fueled by an imagination...

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