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SBD/April 1, 2013/MLB Season Preview
NL Franchise Notes: Cubs Resembling "Small-Market" Club Under Ricketts
Published April 1, 2013
ROCKY MOUNTAIN LOW? In Denver, Terry Frei writes there has never been "less excitement and sense of anticipation about an upcoming season" than there is around the Rockies this year. They made a "solid managerial hire, bringing Walt Weiss back into the organization." But "so little else has changed." The "charge will be reprised" that Rockies co-Owners Dick and Charlie Monfort are "'cheap,' but that missed the bigger points." One being that "throwing money around indiscriminately doesn't work" (DENVER POST, 4/1).
SITTING BY THE DOCK: In Boston, Nick Cafardo wrote the fact that Giants GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy recently signed extensions through the '16 season "should come as no surprise." They "deserve it after winning two World Series championships in three years." Sabean is "never completely satisfied with the team he starts the season with." He always fears there is "not enough depth to withstand those injuries, yet he always seems to adjust as the season goes on." He is an “old school” GM who "relies on scouting more than statistical data, though he has a department in baseball operations for such things." It is "worth saying that the Giants are the epitome of chemistry, from the front office down" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/31).
RAISE THE JOLLY ROGER: In Pittsburgh, J. Brady McCollough wrote Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen is the "face" of the franchise, with his "long locks having become a symbol of hope for a fan base that has had to take loyalty to new levels over two decades." McCutchen is "trying to embrace the role, and some days are better than others." McCutchen is in the "process of going from a good player few recognize to a household name for baseball fans across the country, and he has hired a publicist to manage his image and public appearances" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 3/31).