Found March 01, 2012 on
Since the Chicago Cubs last made the playoffs in 2008 they have been experiencing a steady decline that culminated with last season’s 5th place finish and 71-91 record. Enter new President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein.
Luring Epstein to the north side is the front office equivalent of the Angels signing Albert Pujols. Actually, it might be like landing Pujols and Prince Fielder all at the same time. Epstein is a certifiable front office mastermind that is going to take the Cubs apart piece by piece and build them into a perennial winner, because that’s what he does.
He will not only be the guy who was at the helm for the curse-breaking Red Sox championship but also for the Cubs. It’s just a matter of time.
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Epstein started by bringing in guys like Ian Stewart, David DeJesus, Anthony Rizzo, and Paul Maholm. Out are longtime standbys Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano, as well as Carlos Pena, who apparently just isn’t compatible with Moneyball-influen...
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So, its Friday, Kerry Wood tried to take out our best offensive player, bunting is cool again, Jeff Samardzija loves the camera, the squad is preparing to move on down the road to Ho-Ho-Kam, and Maholm was leveled by the flu in the desert. Interesting times at Cubs camp.
So, let’s get to some rambling and enjoyable conversations for a Friday.
• Jed said he is working hard...
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Spring training games don't start until Sunday, and new manager Dale Sveum said his lineup is still very much a work in progress. But his early thoughts include newly acquired outfielder David DeJesus leading...
Matt Szczur drove-in six runs with a two-run double and a grand slam home run, Brett Jackson slugged a solo home run, ripped an RBI double, walked twice, and scored three runs, and Tony Campana singled and scored in all three of his at bats, leading one squad of Cubs to a 10-4 victory over another squad of Cubs in an intrasquad game played at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park...
MESA, Ariz. — James Russell was back home in Texas, kicking back on the couch with his dad during the holidays, when he found out about Cubs teammate Sean Marshall. ‘‘We were flipping through channels, and then all of a sudden we see Sean got traded,’’ Russell said. ‘‘It was a big surprise...
Dale Sveum sounded just like a Cubs fan when he talked about his first impressions of Brett Jackson. Cubs fans are excited to see what Jackson can do, too.
You've seen Matt Garza on the top step of the dugout, cheering, clapping and extolling the Cubs on days he's not pitching. All the gyrations and animation don't go unnoticed by his teammates.
Jeff Samardzija is eager to build off last season and grab one of the spots in the Cubs' rotation.
MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs are not only working overtime on fundamentals in Camp Sveum, they’re also looking to improve mentally.