Chicago’s pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 14

That’s just not right. Statistics should be rational. They should be based in some type of logic. The problem isn’t that pitcher wins/losses are determined by a flawed set of standards; it’s that pitcher wins/losses shouldn’t exist, period.

Again, I get that pitcher wins/losses aren’t disappearing from official baseball records anytime soon (or ever, probably). That’s OK. We don’t have to wait, though. We can be better, right now. All of us.

Being a rational baseball fan, I recognize the inherent fallacy of awarding wins and losses to individual pitchers. I embrace the more intelligent ways to evaluate the contributions of pitchers, and I pledge to raise the level of discourse in my daily baseball conversation, at my job, in my home, at the ballpark and online. I recognize that ingrained habits are hard to break, but I also recognize the value in helping my fellow baseball fans appreciate the game on a deeper level. If I do reference pitcher wins/losses, I will always include a mention of the flawed nature of this archaic statistic. Finally, I pledge to eliminate pitcher wins/losses from my fantasy league’s scoring system. I will be the change I hope to see in others.

It’ll be hard for the Chicago Cubs to improve on a 2016 season in which the team ended a 108-year World Series drought, but Joe Maddon’s club appears to be in good shape for another strong run. Here’s what fans need to know as the Cubs prepare for their title defense in 2017.

Chicago’s pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 14, and those players’ first workout is on Feb. 15. Position players arrive on Feb. 17, and the first full workout is on Feb. 18.

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