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Hey, they had to tear it down sometime…

In case you needed any reminding, the Chicago Cubs start Cactus League play on Thursday.  The initial rotation is here courtesy of Carrie Muskat.  And there’s some more good news: @Cubs Cactus League schedule begins in 48 hrs. http://t.co/6Q6z7tF1Z7 will have free audio webcast coverage at 2 pm CT Thu vs. Oak. Join us! — Len Kasper (@LenKasper) March 3, 2015 Hooray!  That...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Castro looks to build on last year’s success

Starlin Castro is the most scrutinized, analyzed, and criticized player on the Chicago Cubs. The fans have a love-hate relationship with him. They love him when he is ripping doubles into the gap, but can’t stand him when he lets one go through his legs at shortstop. Heading into this season Castro is looking to build on last year’s success and pick up where he left off. Before...
Via isportsweb.com
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs pitcher Hendricks looks for more success in 2nd season

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Studying has never been a problem for Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks, who has a degree in economics from Dartmouth. The right-hander enjoys baseball's scouting reports and video work almost as much as being on the mound. So sure, Hendricks noticed when manager Joe Maddon said he was likely set for the rotation, and then he went right back to work. For everything...
Via AP on Fox
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Museum to give away DeLorean if Cubs win World Series

If the Cubs win the World Series this season, Chicagoans will party like it’s 1908. One lucky fan might even do so literally, thanks to his new time machine.   The Volo Auto Museum outside Chicago will give away a 1981 DeLorean, just like the one used by Marty and Doc in the “Back to the Future” movies, if the Cubs win it all in 2015. Any visitor to the museum is automatically...
Via NESN.com
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jorge Soler Isn’t Alone When it Comes to Bulking Up

Today was a day where what we suspected was confirmed…Jorge Soler is freakin huge. Soler spoke to reporters today. Will blog it. He’s put on muscle. At 242 now. Says still moving well. If it comes together..huge talent. — Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) March 2, 2015 The 242 pound number is probably what caught a lot of people off guard.  He is listed by the Cubs at 6’4...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Good Luck Finding Bleacher Seats in Wrigley Field Until June

The Chicago Cubs have high expectations from fans this year, but those fans aren’t going to have many chances to see them play from the bleachers at Wrigley Field. Oy. Wrigley RF bleacher now wont be open until sometime in June, Cubs say. @ChristopherHine is on Crane-Rice ballpark tour. — Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) March 2, 2015 Cubs president of business operations Crane...
Via Sports Mockery
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester named Cubs Opening Day starter

Not that it should come as a surprise to many, but the Chicago Cubs are handing over everything to Jon Lester. After signing Lester to a six-year, $155 million deal, Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com reported on Monday that manager Joe Maddon has named Lester the Opening Day starter. Lester will throw the first pitch of […]
Via Full Scale Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Young Cubs look up to new hitting instructor Manny Ramirez

MESA, Arizona (AP) Growing up in Cuba, Jorge Soler had limited access to major league games on television. Only the best teams and the most famous players made the news on the communist island. Manny Ramirez was one of them. ''He's my favorite player,'' the 23-year-old Chicago Cubs outfielder said on Sunday. ''In Cuba, you always hear about the best players, no one else, and you...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs Vs. a Decade of Projections

Earlier, I published a post including this graph: Of all the things that stand out, perhaps nothing stands out quite like the Cubs. Over the last 10 years, they’ve won 55 fewer games than they’ve been projected to win, and while there are some quibbles you can have with blending all the years and all […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Cubs Really Improve Enough to Make the Playoffs?

The Cubs won 73 games last year, which was the most the team had won since 2010 and a respectable improvement on the 66 wins from 2013. But 73 is still a long way from the playoffs. It took 88 wins to make it last year and looking back the last 25 years that is almost always what it takes (other than about a dozen odd exceptions). Yet many pundits are giving the Cubs a strong chance...
Via Cub Reporter
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon's Arrival Signals Next Step in Chicago Cubs' Resurgence

The characters in that long-running Windy City disaster known as the Chicago Cubs’ World Series Disappointment are well known to all baseball...
Via Athlon Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

What the Addition of Manny Ramirez Means for Javy Baez

There is one reason why Manny Ramirez is in Mesa sporting a Chicago Cubs uniform. It’s all about Javier Baez. Sure, Ramirez has deep ties to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, and his stint in Iowa as a player/coach went well. But Manny’s top mission is to slow down the fastest bat in baseball. After his disastrous big league debut it’s easy to forget that Baez was struggling in Iowa...
Via Sports Mockery
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs open camp with justified optimism

It’s an early morning in Mesa, Arizona. The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the optimism in the air is… justified? Teams around the league are enjoying the honeymoon period of their seasons that is spring training. A 0-0 record can give even the worst of teams a sense of hope, but this year is different for fans of the Chicago Cubs. This year the Cubs have Joe Maddon...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

VIEW: Kerry Wood Puts $3.6 Million Dollar Mansion on the Market

According to the Chicago Tribune, the former Chicago Cubs’ ace, Kerry Wood and his wife, have placed their $3.595 million dollar Lincoln Park mansion on the market. While they have not led on as to where Wood and his family would be relocating, one thing is for sure, it won’t be too far. Wood, now 37, played the majority of his 14-year career right here in Chicago and has since...
Via Sports Mockery
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Theo Hires Manny As Cubs Hitting Consultant

Jon Lester, David Ross, Kevin Youkilis—and now, Manny Ramirez! The Chicago Cubs announced today that they have hired Manny to be a major-league hitting consultant. Last week, it was reported that Youk was also hired by Theo Epstein as a part-time scouting and player development consultant. Be honest, whenever you think of Manny and Youk, you think: "Consltant". Anyway, Theo made...
Via FenwayNation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs hire Manny Ramirez, Kevin Youkilis as consultants

The ties between the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox are almost too obvious to continue mentioning at this point.   The Cubs announced Tuesday they’ve hired former Red Sox sluggers Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis as consultants. Ramirez will serve as a hitting consultant, and Youkilis was hired as a scouting and player development consultant. The move is part of the Cubs...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: next year is not here….yet

After successfully persuading Chicago Cubs fans to accept suffering in a self-imposed baseball purgatory the last few seasons, Theo Epstein has acknowledged that the team has indeed crawled its way out of the cellar and can finally see the mountaintop. Clearly the emotional cost of revamping the entire organization was not lost on the front office. Theo Epstein on building the...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Judge gives Cubs initial victory in rooftop lawsuit

The Chicago Cubs scored a preliminary victory on Thursday in the lawsuit filed last month by the owners of several of the rooftops looking into Wrigley Field.  As I explained at the time the suit was filed, the case is the latest in a series of legal proceedings challenging the on-going Wrigley Field renovations, and […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester fully embracing challenge of bring Cubs a title

Jon Lester is hoping for another Great Chicago Fire. That’s in the figurative sense, we think, as it’s unlikely the new Cubs left-hander actually wants to see a replication of the 1871 fire that killed 300 people. No, Lester instead is referring to what could be if he can help the Cubs do what he helped the Boston Red Sox do: win the World Series. CSN Chicago has an in-depth...
Via NESN.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon questions changing baseball's pace of play

New Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon spoke out recently regarding the debate currently occurring in baseball about how the pace of play needs to be improved to attract a bigger audience and stave off the dwindling numbers how follow the game. Maddon doesn’t appear to be a big fan of calls to speed-up the game,...Read More The post Joe Maddon questions motivation behind changing...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Ten takeaways from the MLB offseason so far

Much of what will take place from April to October is shaped by the events that occur during the offseason—leaving us with many reasons to be excited about what’s to come. And in case you missed any of the winter’s biggest moves, here are 10 takeaways from the MLB offseason so far... 1) Both Chicago teams seem to have bright futures ahead of them. The Cubs’ rise to respectability...
Via The Sports Daily
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Wrigley Field renovation causing massive rat problem

The opening phases of Wrigley Field’s renovation has not been without its troubles and controversy. There have been lawsuits and complaints and other assorted issues that have seemed to bog down significant progress. So much so, in fact, that the bleachers won’t even be ready in time for the Chicago Cubs’ home opener. Add to...Read More The post Wrigley Field renovation reportedly...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks passes away

In an incredibly sad bit of news, former MLB player and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has passed away at the age of 83. The report comes from CBS Chicago, which referenced Banks’ family lawyer Mark Bogen in the sad piece of news. The announcement came Friday evening from Mark Bogen, who said he was authorized by Banks’ widow to confirm the news to the media. A news conference...
Via Sportsnaut
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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