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In the first part I skipped over Brett Jackson, but we'll talk exclusively about him in this part. In many ways Jackson is the most advanced hitter not on the MLB Cubs. It's entirely possible he's the most advanced hitter in the organization with a couple obvious exceptions: Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo. Jackson is a weird player and one that's difficult to project moving forward, but before we talk about that we have to find a place for him to play.
The outfield is currently made up of regular starters in LF and RF. Alfonso Soriano and David DeJesus have basically started every game. CF has been more of a revolving door. Marlon Byrd opened the season in CF before being traded to Boston. Tony Campana and Joe Mather have done of the most work since. Reed Johnson is still hanging around the team too. The outfield situation is full right now, but that can be easily fixed. None of the players the Cubs have are guys they're going to have when they contend so any a...
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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Cubs are willing to pay part of Ryan Dempster's remaining contract in the right trade.
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, who allowed no runs in his three June starts, should be one of the most coveted pitchers on the trade market this July. And to make him even more enticing as a trade target, the Cubs are willing to pay part of his $14-million salary...
Earlier this week Anthony Rizzo made his much anticipated debut for the Chicago Cubs after being acquired from the San Diego Padres for pitcher Andrew Cashner back in January. The reaction from many Cubs fans might have been “It’s about time”. Between last season and early this season the 22-year old played 163 [...]
In just his second AB in his first professional game, 19-year old SS David Bote (Cubs 2012 18th round draft pick out of Neosho CC) blasted a three-run home run off the LF scoreboard, carrying the AZL Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the AZL Angels in Arizona League action this evening at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.
Bote also walked and stole a base, and he made a nice defensive stop...
As one who ordinarily dislikes slack moments, I tend to plan things down to the second. It's a practice that often leaves little margin for error and sometimes results in small mishaps. Because as much as you try, you can't fully allow for externalities. One of those is the Chicago Transit Authority, not a sturdy peg on which to hang a daily calendar. The online tracker...
WWE Champion CM Punk attended the Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament on Wednesday night in Chicago, hosted by former Chicago Cubs player Kerry Wood. Punk spoke to the Chicago Tribune at the event and had this to say about his upcoming WWE DVD set:
“Obviously, I’m biased but I think mine is the best. Mine starts way different than anyone else’s and ends way different than...
There were a ton of MLB teams in the derby for Cuba defectee Jorge Soler, and the Chicago Cubs won the spending battle to get him. Now that Anthony Rizzo is up at the Major League level, Soler gets to become the next big name to be “franchise savior.” Soler, 20, joins the Cubs organization after playing for Cuba at several international tournaments, including the 16-under COPABE...
When the Cubs visited Houston a month ago, the Astros were a few games below .500 and the buzz around the team was relatively positive. Few Astros fans expected the team to be very good, but they were outperforming expectations and were at least watchable. The new, saber-inclined management stole Jed Lowrie from the Red Sox in a reverse Ed Wade move, trading an overvalued Veteran...
Anthony Rizzo hit his first homer with the Cubs, a two-run go-ahead shot in the fifth inning, and Chicago beat the Houston Astros 3-2 Saturday for its fourth win in five games.
Matt Garza (4-6) struggled but got the victory by working 5 1-3 innings. Five Cubs relievers combined to allow one hit and no runs over the final 3 2-3 innings with Carlos Marmol pitching the ninth for his...
- Former WWE superstar John Morrison will be a judge for this week's Tournament of Nerds show, which premieres this Sunday (7/1) on Youtube's Nerdist channel. A preview for the show, which includes "adult language" not suitable for children, can be seen here.
- WWE Champion CM Punk attended the Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament on Wednesday night in Chicago...
Paul Maholm is winless in his last eight starts for the Chicago Cubs, while Houston Astros starter Bud Norris has failed to win in his last four.
Both pitchers, however, have had some success against the other's club, and they'll oppose each other Friday afternoon in the opener of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.
Maholm (4-6, 5.38 ERA) is 11-6 with a 3.31 ERA in 20 career...
Sure, I can sit here and regurgitate the news of the week as I normally do, or, I can try to change it up, get a little creative and try to have some fun. Because talking about this 2012 Cubs is just too hard, and I do not want to do it right now.
So, in its first installment, here is:
“Rambling from June 29th, 2014 (also my 35 birthday) …
• Do you really think Rizzo can...