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JOHN BAKER RUMORS & GOSSIP

Chicago Cubs non-tender Baker and Wright

The Chicago Cubs have non-tendered former backup catcher John Baker and left-handed reliever Wesley Wright releasing them to the free agent market, reducing the 40-man roster to 37. With the release of John Baker, the only remaining catchers on the Cubs 40-man roster are Welington Castillo and Rafael Lopez. The 33-year-old Baker played in 68 games for the Cubs last season, serving...
Via isportsweb.com
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Something About John Baker

At one point tonight, someone asked about John Baker‘s pitching WAR, which was obviously very tongue-in-cheek.  Baker, of course, was the emergency pitcher in a memorable extra-innings game that would not end, and he also happened to be the game-winning run.  Baker has been in other fun games as well, usually as a bit of a running gag since, well…he’s not that good of a baseball...
Via World Series Dreaming
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Catcher John Baker Pitches, Scores Winning Run In Wild Win (Video)

When John Baker showed up at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, his expectations probably weren’t too high. After all, the Cubs backup catcher had appeared in just 47 games in 2014 and likely expected another night off as his Chicago Cubs took on the Colorado Rockies. Boy, was he wrong. Baker ended up playing a remarkably key role in the longest game in Cubs history, a 6-hour, 27-minute...
Via NESN.com
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs’ John Baker Unleashes Epic Celebration After Drawing Walk (GIF)

After seeing John Baker’s celebration, it’s safe to say that walks aren’t celebrated nearly enough in the sport of baseball. Tensions ran high during Thursday afternoon’s Chicago Cubs-Cincinnati Reds matchup after Reds closer Arnoldis Chapman tossed consecutive pitches near the head of Nate Schierholtz, culminating in a benches-clearing incident in the ninth inning of a...
Via NESN.com
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs C John Baker Mocks Aroldis Chapman GIF

Posted to Brant Brown's GloveMany things led up to the bench clearing “brawl” between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon, but one thing that snuck under the rug was the hilarity that was John Baker’s BB celebration. Baker decided to celebrate his walk as emphatically as Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman celebrates getting a big out, or a small out, or a...
Via Sports Mockery
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

John Baker shows up Aroldis Chapman with great celebration after walk (GIF)

If Aroldis Chapman vs. Nate Schierholtz was the prelude to the Reds-Cubs bench-clearing incident on Thursday, then John Baker’s walk celebration was certainly the star of the undercard. Baker worked a 2-out walk off Chapman in the top of the 9th inning and celebrated like he hit a walk-off home run. Baker did a big […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Baker’s Books, Barney’s Leather, Buehrle’s Bullets & More

John Baker isn’t a cookie-cutter catcher in the mold of a Yogi Berra or a Crash Davis. He doesn’t read comic books or converse in cliches. The Chicago Cubs backstop is a deep thinker who sees parallels between pitchers and a character in American Psycho. Baker attended Cal Berkeley, but the foundation for his pitch-calling […]
Via Fangraphs
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: John Baker out a few days

The Chicago Cubs enter a weekend series against the Miami Marlins coming off a 7-4 win over the New York Mets on Thursday. The win improved the Cubs to 23-34, eleven games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Cubs were without catcher John Baker, who took a foul ball off his throat on Wednesday.#450120082 / gettyimages.comAs reported by Mark Gonzales...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs pitcher and catcher collide on popup, still make out (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Chicago Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop and catcher John Baker collided while fielding a popup on a bunt attempt during Thursday's game in Pittsburgh, but fortunately still managed to make the out.It happened in the top of the ninth as Pirates batter Gaby Sanchez bunted the 0-1 pitch straight up in the air in front of home plate. In an apparent miscommunication...
Via Holdout Sports
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs make routine pop-up look like anything but routine

Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop clotheslined his own catcher, John Baker, during the ninth inning of Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The two collided violently after they both pursued Gaby Sanchez’s harmless bunt that he popped up just a few feet in front of home plate. While it is usually the pitcher who takes the brunt of the impact in these types of situations...
Via NESN.com
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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