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Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts to be the deputy Secretary of Commerce under Trump


President-elect Donald Trump is reported to have offered Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts the job of Deputy Secretary of Commerce. Assuming everyone gets confirmed, Ricketts will report to Wilbur Ross, Trump’s choice for Commerce Secretary.

Ricketts is the younger brother of Tom Ricketts, who is the Cubs Chairman and principal owner. Besides Todd and Tom, other co-owners include Ricketts siblings Peter and Laura and their parents, Joseph and Marlene Ricketts. Todd has run a conservative political action committee for some time and father Joseph Ricketts, the billionaire founder of Ameritrade, is a conservative activist who runs his own PAC. Sister Laura, on the other hand, was a supporter and fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and is a leader of Lambda Legal, which advocates and litigates for gay rights. I’m guessing Thanksgiving dinner conversation was lively at the Ricketts residence yesterday.

Given that Tom is the MLB control person for the Cubs this shouldn’t impact the ball club. One assumes, however, that Major League Baseball — itself run by politically active folks — will be pleased to have one of their own serving in the new administration.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.