Why Do Fans Defend Disgraced Athletes?

The impending conclusion of Chicago Cubs INF Addison Russell's suspension for conduct in violation of the MLB domestic violence policy has prompted new discussion about whether he should be welcomed back to the Cubs roster. While it has been reported that Russell will remain with AAA Iowa for the time being for baseball-related reasons, there are…

Advanced Stats Show Another Side of Addison Russell’s 2016 Season

Cubs IF Addison Russell has been tendered a contract for the 2019 season and is expected to remain with the Northsiders for the 2019 season, barring a trade. Russell's on-field performance has regressed significantly since his All-Star season in 2016, when he helped propel the team to a division championship and World Series title by slashing…

Time to Cut the Bullshit

Sunday night featured several unpleasant news items regarding the Chicago Cubs. Star INF Javier Báez, winner of the Fielding Bible Multi-Position Award for the third straight year, was overlooked at second base in favor of Rockies INF DJ LeMahieu in a very puzzling decision by Rawlings Sports that also snubbed Cardinals INF Kolten Wong, another strong…