June 6, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum (right) and shortstop Adrian Cardenas (45) walks in after batting practice before game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Da Windy City: Morning Deep Dish 10/31


The Major League Baseball season has officially come to an end with the Boston Red Sox world series clinching victory over the St Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. For Baseball, we now turn the page to the most exciting time of the year. The off-season. The first priority for the Chicago Cubs will be to hire a manager. Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo is now available for the Cubs to interview.

Meanwhile, it is unclear what direction the Chicago White Sox are headed in. The White Sox did sign Jose Abreu but remain a team that has several questions across their roster. Perhaps the biggest question is whether or not Paul Konerko will return to the team next season.

Nonetheless, it is Halloween. So lets begin with the first treats of the day in the form of these morning links.

Former fringe prospect and even worse Major League Baseball player Adrian Cardenas explained why he quit baseball after playing with the Chicago Cubs in 2012. (The New Yorker)

Brad Ausmus has re-emerged as a candidate to be the next manager of the Cubs. (CSN Chicago)

Corey Crawford still has confidence in Nikolai Khabibulin despite his early season struggles with the Chicago Blackhawks. (CSN Chicago)

Looking at the highs and lows of former Chicago Blackhawks so far in the NHL season. (ESPN Chicago)

Despite foul trouble against the Miami Heat, the Chicago Bulls will not tone down their aggressiveness. (ESPN Chicago)

Would it benefit the Bulls to play “small” more often? (Pippen Ain’t Easy)

Despite original diagnosis, both Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs plan to return early for the Chicago Bears. (Bear Goggles On)

Bears tight end Martellus Bennett loves being around backup quarterback Josh McCown. (Chicago Bears)

Cutler’s desire to return early is not as foolish as some may think it is. (ESPN Chicago)

Baby #2 is on the way for Cutler and his wife Kristin Cavallari (E! Online)

With criticism growing of Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, cornerback Charles Tillman says to blame the players. (Chicago Tribune)

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