Found June 13, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
More than anything else, it was a difference in philosophy that led to the Cubs firing hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo on Tuesday. Cubs president Theo Epstein announced the firing and the promotion of minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson to the job of interim hitting coach before the Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 at Wrigley Field.. Jaramillo was hired in the fall of 2009 by former general manager Jim Hendry and given a three-year contract. But Epstein cited the team's declining on-base percentage since 2008, when the Cubs led the NL in OBP. The Cubs under Jaramillo have been aggressive in their approaches at the plate, and Epstein has long favored a more patient approach, which he espoused in his years as GM of the Boston Red Sox. But Epstein did not knock Jaramillo. "I think it's more about philosophy, going forward," Epstein said. "Rudy's not to blame for the results. That's something that we're all accountable for. We put the ...

Cubs activate C Castillo from DL, recall Valbuena

The Cubs placed infielder Ian Stewart on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 13, and designated catcher Koyie Hill for assignment. To take their spots on the 25-man roster, Wellington Castillo was activated from the disabled list and Triple-A infielder Luis Valbuena was recalled from Iowa. Both players were available for Thursday's series finale against the Detroit...

Conan proposes new Cubs mascots

Conan O’Brien was at it again on his late night show and had some fun at the Chicago Cubs’ expense. Conan had a skit where he came up with some new alternative mascots for the lovable losers, Chicago Cubs. A few of the highlights included the ‘incontinent Chicago Water Tower’, Hal Capone, a Cubs batter who can’t hit a pinata, and the Jesse Jackson 5. Article found...

AP source: Cubs agree with Cuban OF Jorge Soler

A person familiar with the deal say the Chicago Cubs have reached an agreement with Cuban free agent outfielder Jorge Soler. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing was officially announced Monday. The 20-year-old Soler was sought after by several teams and is considered a five-tool player who will require some minor league seasoning....

Part of Theo Epstein compensation starting to pay off.

When the Red Sox granted the Chicago Cubs permission to speak with former General Manager Theo Epstein, who spent 10 seasons with the organization back in November the team didn’t know what they would end getting for him. After the deal was completed, the Red Sox were to receive two players in return for him. One of those players [...]

Game 63 Threa...Dear God, 100 More Games of This Sh**?!?!?!

The Cubs go for the series win behind Travis Wood. The Tigers counter with Justin Verlander. Over/under on Verlander K's at 11. Over/under on hits for the Cubs is 2. Take the over on the K's and under on the hits. Hell, perfect game #23 doesn't sound too unreasonable. Tigers Cubs Jackson, CF *Campana, CF *Boesch, RF Castro, SS Cabrera, 3B *DeJesus, RF *Fielder...

Cubs fire hitting coach Jaramillo

The Cubs have fired highly regarded hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. Jaramillo had been with the Cubs since the 2010 season, and his hiring was based on 15 years of success with the Rangers and their high-octane offense. The Cubs brought him in to boost their struggling offense, but nothing really materialized, and the team dismissed him with the team holding just a .689 OPS and...

Report: Jorge Soler Agrees to Nine-Year Deal With Cubs

Theo Epstein is no longer in the AL East, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have to worry about the Yankees anymore. He got the best of his old nemesis on Monday afternoon. Epstein and the Cubs have reportedly landed Jorge Soler, a highly sought after outfielder from Cuba, according to Soler and the Cubs have reportedly come to terms on a nine-year deal that...

Is Ryan Dempster the most coveted starting pitcher via trade?

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Inside Pitch: Cubs

When will the Cubs call up top prospect Anthony Rizzo? What's new on the injury front? The Sports Xchange examines the Cubs' hot topics.

Your Morning Dump... where Theo expresses some regret over some free agent signings.

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. He believes he had potential World Series-winning clubs in 2008 and 2011 and regrets that both fell short, one in an outstanding American League Championship Series, the other in a spectacularly inexplicable...

Red Sox Offensive Struggles May Be Concerning, But Way Too Early to 'Blow Up' Roster

The bats woke up. Just in time. Wednesday night in Miami, the Red Sox scored double-digit runs to take two of three against the Marlins. It's the most they've scored in the last six games. Actually, it was more than they had scored in the previous four games. The win should have the Sox feeling better about things heading into an off-day in Chicago. They've got three...

Quote of the Day

“I think an objective look at the 10 years we had there showed some things that are not really up for dispute.  I think we did a great job drafting, great job developing players, we did a nice job in trades, we did a pretty nice job on buy-low free agents, and then we had a very spotty track record with higher profile free agents." -Theo Epstein reflecting on his tenure...
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