|Reed Johnson and Ian Stewart|
|David DeJesus - photo from Tim Sheridan|
|Darwin Barney - photo by Tim Sheridan|
The Cubs are also having an ongoing bunting contest during spring training, where apparently Kerry Wood is the early favorite. The field is marked with a point system, so bunts are worth between 10 to 40 points, depending on where they end up. There's also a 100-point bull's-eye, but a player has to call the shot. A winner will be declared among the pitchers and the position players, and after two weeks, there will be a championship game. "The guys really get into it, and it just makes them focus a little more," Sveum said. Will there be a prize for the winner? "There might be," Sveum said, smiling.
Jeff Samardzija admitted that he has not focused as much as he should have during past seasons while competing for a starting pitching role. This year he is determined to crack the starting rotation. We'll see what happens....
Ryan Dempster sounded bought into the "Cubs way" when he said, "You look at teams that have had success they have that kind of philosophy. You can feel it." Let's hope he's right!
Blake DeWitt accepted his non-roster invite to spring training after being designated for assignment and clearing waivers.
Carlos Marmol said he will no longer be throwing his cutter, and will be focusing on his slider. I agree with manager Dale Sveum that this is the way to go to get the old Marmol back.