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World Series Dreaming:
I doubt it’ll happen in 2013.
However, now is a good time to talk about what improvements I think we will see from Castro in 2013 and why the whole “Is he a Theo player?” thing is kind of silly on a few levels.
Starlin Castro crept up on Cubs fans in 2010 as initial reports of a hot shot Dominican shortstop bled out of Spring Training and culminated in a rather fantastic debut which featured a record-breaking 6 RBI’s and a very unfortunate haircut.
Actually, upon further review I kinda hope he brings this back.
Skip over a few 200 hit seasons, some lackadaisical defense and a regime change to the present day and we now have a slightly polarizing player who is at once a known commodity, misunderstood, overrated, underrated, and completely confusing.
The Starlin we know today is a good player at a premium position that has teased with bouts of elite and #slack.
Castro is a good hitter that lacks patience. He has the tools to be a good shortstop but his mental errors are currently capp...
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Starlin Castro had three hits (two singles and a double) and scored three runs, and Jorge Soler, Nate Schierholtz, and Brian Bogusevic slugged solo home runs, as the White Squad defeated the Blue Squad 7-3 in a five-inning inrasquad game played this afternoon at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.
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Luis Valbuena smacked a two-out two-run HR into the upper bullpen beyond the RF fence in the bottom of the 4th to turn a one run deficit into a one run lead, and then after the Blue Squad pushed across a run to tie the game in the top of the 5th, Edwin Maysonet blasted a three-run HR with two outs in the bottom of the frame to lift the White Squad to a 6-3 victory in a five-inning...
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An Iraq War veteran and die-hard Chicago Cubs fan received a prosthetic Chicago Cubs eye.
Alfonso Soriano is still focused on priority one, winning a World Series. With the Cubs undergoing a rebuilding phase, Soriano realizes his chances to help the Cubs win their first World Series are dwindling. The trade rumors will persist until he is eventually traded, it’s clear Soriano doesn’t want to be a part of a losing team.
The Dodgers could still be interested in bringing...
with teammate Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart continues to
have terrible luck returning to action. On Thursday, February 21, Stewart came
out of the Cubs’ intrasquad game after straining the quad muscles in his left
strained his quad while rounding first base on a single. He had an MRI on
Friday, and the results came back...
Chicago Cubs’ starting pitcher Scott Baker
took more steps in his return to Major League action. Baker threw a 45-pitch
bullpen session Saturday and reported felling well. “It’s another step in the
right direction,” Baker told MLB.com’s Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat after his
session. “Everything felt good. As long as everything keeps going well, it’s
Ian Stewart left Thursday’s intrasquad game with a quad injury, and has been sent out for an MRI. The Chicago Cubs are tripping all over themselves to tell the fans that the injury is minor and the MRI is just a precautionary test to make sure there is not a bigger problem on the horizon. As a result of this injury, Stewart will be out of a couple of the Cubs preseason games. Regardless...
Today was the Cactus League Opener for the Chicago Cubs. There are a bajillion blogs out there recapping the action, but as much as I want to talk about how awesome Brett Jackson is (spring training, grain of salt, blah blah blah), I want to talk a bit about the two guys who are in direct competition for the starting third baseman job.
Ian Stewart, the oft-maligned and oft-hated...
Unfortunately, there is little information available on the man behind the Chicago Cubs prosthetic eye depicted above save for a tweet from the Smithsonian’s official Twitter account, but that does not take away from the sheer awesomeness of an Iraqi War veteran’s decision to have his evidently much-beloved favorite Major League Baseball team imprinted upon his new artificial...
Bad news and good news:
Bad News: The Cubs have terrible prospects at left field. There isn't even really a projectable major-league starter here (maybe Pin-Chieh Chen? Maybe?). It might be more barren than catcher.
Good News: The Cubs are loaded at CF and RF. It's extremely likely that one of those prospects could just slide over and play LF. Generally, that's how it...
Tweet The Chicago Cubs have one of the more passionate fan bases in Major League Baseball. Bill Murray, Jim Belushi, Vince Vaughn, and Billy Corgan are a few notable names who have pledged allegiance to the residents of Chicago’s North Side. With the Cubs having been in existence for more than one hundred years [...]
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza is pretty confident he’ll be ready for the teams season opener. Garza suffered a lat strain on Sunday when throwing batting practice, the injury isn’t deemed to be serious though. Matt is expected to miss about a week of practice time, which would include one Spring Training start.
“I’m not worried about spring starts, I’m more...
Today on Wrigley Talk Friday, we hope we finally closed the door on Tony Campana discussion, reflected on Theo's honesty about where the Cubs stand, and admitted to some deep emotional scarring that the Cubs have inflicted on us over the years.
By the way, the Theo interview we discuss can be heard here.
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Theo Epstein’s state mission is to build this franchise into a perianal playoff contender. To accomplish that goal the pitching staff as a whole is going to have to take massive steps forward. The Cubs lack a bona fide ace, and the past year’s transaction should show that free agency is not going to be the route that nets the Cubs that player. Matt Cain and Cole Hamels were supposed...
In the 1980s and early 1990s, MacGyver ruled the airwaves as one of the most popular classic action shows on broadcast TV. Played by Richard Dean Anderson, the hero of the show was staunchly anti-gun and very involved in social activism, while at the same time solving crimes and defeating bad guys with science. It was actually intriguing how a former special ops agent would be...