Chicago Cubs: 4 Reasons to Believe in the 2012 Cubbies

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Chicago Cubs: 4 Reasons to Believe in the 2012 Cubbies
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While expectations are relatively low for the North Siders this season, there is still reason to believe they will be competitive in a wide-open National League Central.

First off, the very presence of Theo Epstein gives Cubs fans the sense that anything is possible.  While a playoff run certainly isn't expected, it's not out of the question.  And even if the Cubbies fail to reach the postseason, I think most Cubs fans would be satisfied as long as there is hard evidence of improvement—whether that be in the win/loss column, individual player performances, or simply the effort that the players give day in and day out.

If the Cubbies find a way to make it to the playoffs, first-year manager Dale Sveum will surely be one of the top candidates for Manager of the Year honors in the National League.

So, without further delay, here are four reasons why Cubs fans should be optimistic heading into the 2012 season.

Enjoy.

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