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News & notes for October 28, 2016

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Welcome to the Schwarber News Network, the 24/7 network for all Schwarber all the time! Tonight, we’ll be broadcasting live as Game 3 of the Schwarber Series kicks off live from Schwarber Field.

Ok, ok, enough of that. I tease because I love. Schwarber is a pretty rad dude, but signs are pointing to him not being cleared to play in the field tonight. It’s probably a good bet that we’ll see him in some capacity, but I feel pretty good about him not starting against a guy with Josh Tomlin’s homerun tendencies. More on that and everything else Series related below!

Indians news and... no wait, it’s ALL World Series news

Tomlin excited to pitch in front of dad at Wrigley | Indians.com - Josh Tomlin is a lot more than just homerun tendencies. Few stories speak to endurance and resilience better than the relationship between Josh and his father. Jerry Tomlin has been paralyzed from the chest down since August, but will be in attendance live to see the son he taught how to throw start Game 3 of the World Series in Wrigley Field. Narratives don’t get much better than that.

The Cubs are where they want to be, and the Indians need to forge ahead | McCovey Chronicles - Grant Brisbee may just be the best baseball writer on the planet. Few can combine a deep analytical understanding of the game with dynamic prose that hearkens back to history’s most celebrated sports writers. If you’re only going to read one link in this post, read this fantastic, honest assessment of where both teams stand after splitting the first two games of the series.

How Roberto Perez overcame Bell's palsy to become an unlikely World Series hero | Yahoo Sports - Bell’s palsy is a crappy thing to have to deal with for anyone, but you might not realize how much it would be a detriment to a major league catcher to not be able to close one of his eyes. Perez’ story is an inspiring one. Hard to not root for this dude.

Is Danny Salazar fully back? | Waiting for Next Year - It was great seeing Danny back in Game 2 but despite not allowing any runs or hits, it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. One troublesome observation is that he didn’t seem to be using his full repertoire of pitches.

Andrew Miller is anything but soft | Today’s Knuckleball - Believe it or not, Andrew Miller had a reputation coming out if college at UNC that he was a talented, but comfortable guy who lacked the determination to make it big. Believe it or not, Jon Heyman finds a way to work Kyle Schwarber into this article.

How a conflicted Cubs fan supports the team and opposes domestic violence | Fox Sports - Many Tribe fans have wondered aloud how Cubs fans can support a person like Aroldis Chapman. One lifelong Cubs fan tried to reconcile her inner conflict by pledging to donate $10 to domestic violence support charities for every Chapman save.

Jason Kipnis puts fandom aside for World Series homecoming | Today’s Knuckleball - Jason Kipnis makes no secret about his love for his hometown of Chicago so over the course of the past few days, he’s continued to shed light on hi woefully misguided Cubs fandom. Is he sabotaging his own team to help end the Cubs’ drought? No one can say for sure...

Tribe leaning toward Santana in LF at Wrigley | Indians.com - One lumbering slugger may not have been cleared to play the field, but another will get his shot for the opposing team. I’ll just let Tito summarize all of our fears here:

The days of Chief Wahoo are numbered | Hardball Talk - Craig Calcaterra parses Rob Manfred’s latest statement on the Tribe’s controversial logo, arguing that MLB is going to take a stand again Wahoo sooner rather than later. He also penned a fun piece about what other possible names the Indians could use if they went for a full rebrand (see also: my piece on this topic from ancient LGT history).

Anthony Rizzo jumped the game plan | Fangraphs - Rizzo was defeated soundly by Corey Kluber’s two-seamer in Game 1, popping out weakly three times. He came into Game 2 determined to not get beat by the same pitch, and promptly crushed a double after a six-pitch at bat against Trevor Bauer’s two-seamer.

Cubs make the exact right call on Kyle Schwarber | Today’s Knuckleball - Wherein Kyle schwarber is compared directly and favourably to Lou Malnati and Gino’s East. But anyway, the big news is that Schwarber hasn’t been cleared to play in the outfield forthe three upcoming games at Wrigley. That’s the right call for protecting Schwarber’s bright future. And even if he had been cleared, not playing him still would’ve been the right call.

Kyle Schwarber: From World Series apparition to epic World Series drama | CBS Sports - He may not be starting in Games 3-5, but he’s already made an impact. Jonah Keri discusses Schwarber’s journey and what role he could play in the rest of the series.

Young Cubs not fazed by spotlight as historic World Series shifts to Wrigley | Sports Illustrated - The historic significance of playing the first World Series game in 71 years at Wrigley Field might be overwhelming for some players, but not for these Cubs. At least that what some writers think, but anything is possible... maybe the pressure just gets to be too great to overcome. Only time will tell.