Posted November 22, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Chicago Cubs say Brandon Hyde will be the bench coach and former American League batting champion Bill Mueller will be the hitting coach on new manager Rick Renteria's staff. The Cubs announced Friday that Hyde will move from director of player development. Gary Jones is the new third base and infield coach and former Seattle Mariners first base coach Mike Brumley was hired as the assistant hitting coach. Chris Bosio returns for a third year as the pitching coach. Mike Borzello is back with an expanded role as catching and strategy coach and Lester Strode returns as bullpen coach. The team has yet to choose first base coach.

Older fan complains about 11-year-old's cheering at Cubs games

Is there such a thing as cheering too loudly at a baseball game? Evidently one Cubs fan thinks so, and is picking on an 11-year-old girl to make his point.  Natalie Adorno has become well-known for her enthusiasm during Cubs games, leading Section 527 with cheers of "Let's Go Cubbies!" According to Natalie's father, stadium and team staffers, Cubs players and...

Looking ahead to the Rule 5 Draft

We know that the Cubs set their reserve lists yesterday and protected Dallas Beeler and Arismendy Alcantara.  We were waffling a bit on Beeler, but Alcantara was, as they say, a no-brainer.  Someone was gonna take him if the Cubs didn’t 40-man him up.  Presently, Chicago-North is at 39 filled on the 40-man roster, so barring any signings, designations for assignment, etc., that’s...

Quality Assurance, You Say?

As friend of the blog Cubs Den shared today, the Cubs have announced some new coaching hires.  Let’s run them down really quickly: Bench Coach: Brandon Hyde;  Hyde worked last year as the Cubs Director of Player Development.   Hitting coach:  Bill Mueller:  Mueller has been a hitting coach, scout, and worked in the front office as a special assistant to the GM in Los Angeles...

Former Red Sox Third Baseman Bill Mueller Named Cubs Hitting Coach

Bill Mueller is taking his talents to the North Side of Chicago. Mueller, who is best-known for helping the Red Sox end an 86-year championship drought, has been named the Cubs’ new hitting coach. Brandon Hyde (bench coach), Gary Jones (third base/infield coach), Mike Brumley (assistant hitting coach) and Jose Castro (quality assurance coach) are also joining manager Rick Renteria‘s...

11-year-old Cubs fan Natalie Adorno told to tone down her cheering at games

Natalie Adorno is an 11-year-old Chicago Cubs fan who is too young to have already given up on her cursed franchise. Instead, Natalie is well-known among season ticket holders, ushers and other stadium employees for her enthusiasm and rallying cries at Wrigley Field. “I get the crowd going,” Natalie told NBC 5 in Chicago. “When […]

Sox Hero Bill Mueller Is New Cubs Hitting Coach

(Exclusive FenwayNation Photo)If you can line a shot into centerfield against Mariano Rivera to score the biggest run in Red Sox history, you can probably handle coaching Cubbie hitters. Bill Mueller, who plated Dave Roberts in 2004's ALCS Game Four, will—according to USAToday's Bob Nightengale—become the new hitting coach for Theo Epstien's Cubs. In awarding Mueller...

Blue Jays Rumors: Toronto preparing offer for Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija

Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija was in trade rumors since last seasons trade deadline and he is still in them in the offseason. Teams such as the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks have expressed interest in trading for him. The Blue Jays are putting together a package of young players to make an offer to the Chicago...

Nov. 19-20 Cubs Recap

Outfielder Rubi Silva has returned to action after missing 10 days with an injury for Ponce in the Puerto Rican League. Junior Lake continues to play centerfield and Luis Valbuena is seeing plenty of action this winter at second.

Saturday Night Shark Attack

Jeff Samardzija is a name that is being bandied around as the Cubs look to retool (or whatever it is they’re doing) prior to Opening Day.  Previously, we had looked at the Arizona Diamondbacks as a potential trade partner since Samardzija has been resistant to the Cubs’ extension offers thus far.  Earlier today, John Arguello of Cubs Den tweeted:   Teams that are expected...

The Cubs and Catchers

Dabynsky has often lamented the lack of depth at the catcher position for the Cubs past incumbent starter Welington Castillo.  The worry is that if Beef Castle goes down with an injury, there are no true MLB-ready catchers in-house to step in.  My argument is that you can’t have two solid catchers on the same roster and then expect one to get the bulk of the starts while the...

Nov. 21-22 Cubs Recap

Here’s a recap of the Cubs’ prospects in the winter leagues including Luis Valbuena’s first homer in the VWL.

Ernie gets the medal of freedom. Cub Fans wait for the WS that will set us free.

That's kind of amazing.It's a week chock full of history that's way more important than the Cubs, with the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assasination coming tomorrow and everything.Yesterday our own Ernie Banks got the Medal of Freedom along with fellow Chicagoan Oprah Winfrey from fellow Chicagoan Barrack Obama.Other people won, too, but this is about Cubs...

Wrigley Shenanigans Afoot!

Fran Spielman just tweeted her latest article on the ever-developing Wrigley Field renovation saga.  It seems that a lot of the neighbors aren’t too pleased about the Cubs getting their way (except for the whole “rooftops please don’t sue us” thing). The Cubs got the go-ahead Thursday to take another ten feet of street and sidewalk — and sell advertising on a “branding...
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