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On more than one occasion I’ve been asked the following question: “Would you rather keep Eric Hosmer or Anthony Rizzo?” Well, Rizzo appears first in our countdown for 2013, so if this season is your primary concern, then I’d say Hosmer. But to be perfectly honest, I like Rizzo a lot more than I thought I would just one year ago.
In 2011, Rizzo stepped to the plate 153 times and registered 128 at-bats, 46 of which ended with him walking directly from the batter’s box to the dugout in disgust. His 30.1 K% that year was abysmal, and the fact that it was right-handed pitching that was giving the left-handed Rizzo the most trouble (.131 BA, 37.3 K%) was concerning.
Somehow last year Rizzo became a whole new hitter, though. His 16.8% strikeout rate was better than what he’d consistently put up in the minors, but not only was he making contact, he was making solid contact (24.4% line drive rate). I didn’t think Rizzo had what it took to be a .285 hitter at this stage of his career, but he ...
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It was reported yesterday that the Cubs signed Jeff Samardzija and James Russell to avoid arbitration. The Cubs signed Matt Garza yesterday and earlier this week they signed Luis Valbuena. Those were the only four players the Cubs had eligible for arbitration.
The Jeff Samardzija contract is worth $2.64 million and they signed James Russell for $1.075 million. Totals for arbitraiton...
The guys at Vine Line got me a ticket to this year's convention.Because they're awesome.In the past I always arrived late to that Saturday morning meeting with the GM and Manager, ended up standing in the back of the crowded ballroom getting pictures of the backs of Cub fan's heads.I thought with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Dale Sveum and Shiraz Rehman, I should finally...
There have been several trade rumors swirling around Chicago
Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano this offseason, but the veteran told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that he hopes to remain with the club and be a part of their
next winning team.
"I want to stay here and finish my career here and try
to win before I retire," Soriano said. "I signed here to bring a
As part of the weekend's fan festival activities, the Chicago Cubs Chairman, Tom Ricketts, talked about how the city felt about Sammy Sosa and how the team felt about him. He called the relationship awkward, but one day he feels things can get better.
According to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, Ricketts can envision a day when the team welcomes Sosa back and the league...
On paper, Sammy Sosa is one of the greatest Chicago Cubs of all-time. The 7-time All-Star mashed 609 homers while maintaing a .273 batting average during his 18-year MLB career. Fans loved him, team owners wanted him, and sports writers awed over him. At least until allegations of performance-enhancing drugs surfaced at the tailend of his playing days.Sosa's link to steroids...
The Chicago Cubs announced a five-year, $300 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field at the annual Cubs convention on Saturday.
There are still several hurdles to clear, including funding for the project, but owner Tom Ricketts is confident renovations can begin as early as October, starting with the home clubhouse.
Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said the Ricketts...
Another Chicago Cubs Convention has come and gone, and all that we are left with are the memories of the annual celebration and kick off to the upcoming baseball season. Like most years, the convention was filled with fans all dressed in their Cubby best, packing the halls waiting to meet their favorite Cub players from today and from yesteryear. What was not the same though, was...
Right around the time winter finally hit Chicago I was teased with a small summer preview. My spirit aches to smile into the yellow summer sun on a hot day, cool beverage in hand and hopefully plenty of hot women nearby. Instead, a cool Friday turned into a cold Saturday that turned into a frigid Sunday which is now an absolutely freezing Monday.
I’m so far away from my yellow...
Deconstructing an awful month for a pretty good pitcher.
Jeff Samardzija and the Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration right before Cubs convention got underway as both sides agreed to a one year, $2.64MM deal. This was first reported by our very own Anno:
BREAKING NEWS: A WORLD SERIES DREAMING EXCLISIVE Directly from Theo Epstein HIMSELF! Russell & Samardzija have been signed...