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‘Chicks Dig the Long Ball’ commercial from 1999 stars Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine (video)

Great find by Big League Stew that serves as a stark and sobering reminder how the past can look much, much different given its context in history and how perceptions can completely change over time. It’s especially fitting given it stars Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who were voted into the Hall of Fame on […]The post ‘Chicks Dig the Long Ball’ commercial from 1999 stars...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
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John Sickel’s Releases Cubs Top 20 Prospect List

It is a known fact that the Chicago Cubs have been one of the worst teams in the Major Leagues over the past few years, as they will have a Top 10 pick for the fourth straight year in July’s MLB Draft. Since 2010, they have lost 87 games(2010), 91 games(2011), 101 games(2012) and 96 games(2013) and most would think they would continue this trend, given their history of being the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Future Alert: Sickels Releases Cubs Top 20

One of the best things about the offseason is the releases of annual prospect rankings, and today comes another one as John Sickels of Minor League Ball released his Cubs Top 20 (21) rankings, complete with prospect grades and a look at a few outsiders looking in. Dabynsky previously took a look at Sickels grading scale and predicted where prospects would fall over at our Chicago...
Via World Series Dreaming
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Greg Maddux honored by Wrigley Field marquee for Hall of Fame nod

Greg Maddux today was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Maddux earned votes on 97.2 percent of the ballots submitted by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, the eighth-highest percentage for election in Hall of Fame history and the third-highest for any pitcher elected.The Cubs are honoring Greg Maddux today with a congratulatory message on the Wrigley Field...
Via The Sports Bank
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs New Spring Training Facility Complete

The Chicago Cubs new Spring Training facility in Mesa, AZ is now complete. After years at HoHoKam Park, the Cubs built a new park on an old golf course land. The new park is still awaiting naming rights, so for now will simply be referred to as Cubs Park. The new facility has upgrades not only for the players, but for the fans as well. The new headquarters have separate team clubhouses...
Via Sports Mockery
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas voted into Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, while Craig Biggio fell two votes short. Maddux was picked on 555 of 571 ballots by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. His 97.2 percentage was the eighth highest in the history of voting. Glavine, Maddux's longtime teammate in the Atlanta rotation...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ron Coomer joins the Chicago Cubs broadcast

Imagine you’re driving home from work on a sunny summer afternoon in Chicago. Chances are, the Cubs are playing and your radio is likely turned to WGN 720 AM radio. This channel broadcasts the Chicago Cubs games and personality Pat Hughes if there to talk to you on your way home. This year will be different however, as a new personality has joined the broadcast booth.  Former...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Ryan Theriot retires

Ryan Theriot is coming to St. Louis. Ryan Theriot had winning in his blood, and was a proven winner on many teams. He won two College World Series rings and two MLB World Series crowns. He helped the Cubs to two postseason appearances and today Ryan “The Riot” Theriot has called it quits after eight seasons in the Major Leagues. He played with four MLB teams including the Chicago...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka: Just what the Chicago Cubs need

There aren’t many people who have seen the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles play. In fact, there aren’t many out there that even know who the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles are. Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is one of the prized possessions in this year’s free agent class and will likely receive a contract in the range of $100 million and is the star of the Golden Eagles.... Read more
Via The Sports Blitz
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Masahiro Tanaka Expected to Meet With Cubs, White Sox in Chicago This Week

The Masahiro Tanaka World Tour is swinging through the Windy City. Tanaka will meet with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox this week, according to Luke Stuckmeyer of CSNChicago.com. The meetings likely will take place in Chicago, according to Stuckmeyer, although each team’s level of interest in the Japanese pitcher is unclear at this point. The Cubs already have been linked...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB News & Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Chicago Cubs Hot Stove

Despite a horrific 96-loss 2013 campaign, the Cubs have made very few moves to improve the roster. I’m not going to sit here and bash their front office for this strategy, and in fact I’m actually in favor of it, but that doesn’t mean this 2014 Cubs roster is going to be very exciting from [...]
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka To Meet With The Chicago Cubs

The Major League offseason is just about halfway over, but one of the prized free agents is still looking for employment. Since being posted on Christmas Day, Masahiro Tanaka rumors and news have cooled down, which tend to happen during the holiday season. But it’s a new year it looks as if he will be making visits to clubs over the next couple weeks with his first stop coming...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija wants to win - in Chicago

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has been a popular trade target this winter for teams desiring starting pitching. Cubs GM Jed Hoyer has driven a hard bargain for him, even reportedly asking the Braves for either Jason Heyward or Justin Upton as part of a package in return. Samardzija hasn't been dealt, and with the calendar flipping to 2014, the chances of him...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs shouldn’t fold on Sam Fuld

With parts of the team already set in place and Theo Epstein waiting for his prospects to blossom, the Chicago Cubs will be spending only a small amount of their resources on free agents. With some of those resources, I would like to see a veteran signing to help the outfield or serve as a utility player. A perfect fit for this position is former Cub Sam Fuld. A Stanford grad, Fuld...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

John Sickels’ Top 40 Prospects, by position

John Sickels whittled his Cubs prospect list from 49 to 40. Here's the list, not sorted alphabetically or via actual ranking, but just by what position they play. First Base Rock Shoulders Daniel Vogelbach Second Base Arismendy Alcantara Gioskar Amaya Logan Watkins Shortstops Javier Baez Gleyber Torres Third Base Kris Bryant Jeimer Candelario Mike Olt Christian Villanueva...
Via Obstructed View
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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