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Baseball Icon Jim Fanning Passes Away

In the last media interview Jim Fanning did a week ago, he talked to me about how this fellow by the name of Randy Johnson was balking about reporting to the Expos’ single-A affiliate in the outpost of Jamestown, N.Y. back in the summer of 1985. “Randy didn’t want to sign a Jamestown contract,’’ Fanning said. “He thought he was much better going to Double-A or Triple...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Anthony Rizzo Breaks One of the Biggest Chicago Rules

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a very good baseball player and a large part of the Cubs. He is loved in Chicago, but not without controversy. Recently, he said something that will offend most of the fan base: “New York pizza, I think is the best in the world.” WHAT?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?! Rizzo was quizzed on various topics including pizza in a car interview while driving through...
Via Sports Mockery
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yet More Ratings: Chicago Cubs, Mets/Yankees, PBA Bowling

The Cubs hit a four-year ratings high on WGN. In other news, the Mets are edging the Yankees in New York’s local TV ratings, and the PBA bowling season ended with big gains. WGN Earns Top Cubs Rating Since 2011 Tuesday’s Cubs/Pirates Major League Baseball game drew a 5.4 rating on Chicago CW affiliate WGN, [...]
Via Sports Media Watch
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Possible Javier Baez Position Change

The Chicago Cubs infield is extremely loaded at the moment; Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, Starlin Castro, and Kris Bryant currently makeup the current spots and the team still has Javier Baez waiting in the wings. If all of the players pan out, which there are only questions with a couple of them, something has to break. But with who? The Cubs had assigned Javier Baez to their...
Via Sports Mockery
1 day ago  |  Discuss

South Bend Cubs: series updates

The other day I promised I’d get my updates, well, up to date. So here is what’s up with the South Bend Cubs: After the Opening series at home, the Cubs went on the road and their first stop was Ohio to take on the Dayton Dragons. The baby Cubs started out well, taking the first game 8-3 but lost the next two. In game one, Zach Hedges (@Zhedges12) got the win and Jasvir Rakkar...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Friday, Apr 24

When last we spoke (Wednesday), I was recommending a Cubs stack against Vance Worley and the Pirates. The stack didn’t do so well with Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant scoring 10 and 11 points, respectively, but Starlin Castro and Jorge Soler basically no-showing. Johnny Cueto was great, as expected, Archie Bradley was wild, as expected, and all-in-all the lineup scored a ho-hum 93...
Via Baseball Professor
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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (8-7) at Cincinnati Reds (8-8)

It’s been an eventful week in Cincinnati, which nearly reached Peak Reds before being eclipsed by whatever **** the Royals have been doing. Reds manager Bryan Price dropped a 77 f-bomb tirade at one of the Reds beat writers for actually reporting on the team instead of shilling/spreading false information for the team. I only regret that this wasn’t followed by Marty Brennaman...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

New Cubs Center fielder!?

With Dexter Fowler going down with an injury in the Wednesday night contest against Pittsburgh, the Cubs put youngster Kris Bryant in center field. Some though that was just a needed basis during that game, however when manager Joe Maddon sent out his lineup for today…. Do we have a new Cubs center fielder? Sure, he won’t stay there and certainly won’t be in once Dexter Fowler...
Via Sports Mockery
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 4, Cubs 3 (4/22/15)

OSS: Cubs leave everyone on base, fail to bail out pedestrian Hammel. Three Up 1. Bryant doubled and walked, scoring twice. However, he also recorded an out AT CENTERFIELD. I actually kind of thought we’d see him at center at some point in his career (there are a few teams right now that would be trying him at center full-time, and he played the position in high school and a little...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber

Barring any unforeseen issues with recent call-ups (and still considered rookies) Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler the top prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization is now Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber, 22, was the 4th overall pick by the Chicago Cubs in the 2014 amateur draft. A native of Middletown, OH, he attended Indiana University-Bloomington where he honed an exceptionally...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Turn Rockies to Stone at Riverview

Carlos Sepulveda tripled and singled and scored two runs, Roney Alcala belted an RBI double, singled, and scored a run, Miguel Rico belted a two-run double, and five pitchers combined to toss a four-hitter, helping the Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the Rockies in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park. Denzel Richardson...
Via Cub Reporter
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Addison Russell

Just as we were all finally getting over our Kris Bryant Day hangovers, the Cubs gave us something else to celebrate. As you’ve likely heard by now, the Cubs summoned Addison Russell to the major leagues yesterday. He started at second base last night, and went 0-5 in his big league debut. Russell’s promotion came as […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant off to strong start in first week

Last Friday, Kris Bryant made the most hyped debut in Major League Baseball since pitcher Stephen Strasburg was called up by the Nationals in 2010. (Must be something about playing your college ball in San Diego). From an offensive standpoint, Bryant’s first game was a flop — he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. But now that the MLB Network live look-ins for every at-bat have...
Via Rumors and Rants
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What do call-ups of Bryant, Russell say about 2015 Cubs?

Prior to Friday’s series opener against the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs called up top prospect Kris Bryant, and he debuted to about as much pomp and circumstance as old Wrigley Field had seen in quite some time. While that excitement and fanfare has yet to come anywhere near dissipating, the Cubs are now set to call up another premier prospect, in shortstop Addison Russell...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The win-now move of promoting Addison Russell

On Friday, to the surprise of absolutely no one, the Chicago Cubs promoted Kris Bryant to the big leagues. With the service time shenanigans out of the way, it was abundantly clear that Bryant that he was their best third baseman, so they summoned him from Iowa to help their team win. Today, the Cubs […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Who’s Next For The Chicago Cubs?

It’s been a busy week for the Chicago Cubs, one in which the tectonic plates within their ballclub shifted. The highly heralded top two prospects, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, were promoted within a few days of each other and Cubs fans are finally starting to see the light after half a decade of darkness on the North Side. The promotions of Bryant and Russell were greatly...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Addison Russell Called Up By The Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs are quickly reflecting their their mascot (a cub is a baby bear, after all) after they announced the promotion of top prospect Addison Russell today, hours after confirming they were grooming him at Triple-A Iowa for a move to second base from his natural shortstop position. cubs now calling up addison russell to the majors. — Jon Heyman...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs will reportedly call up prospect Addison Russell

The Chicago Cubs are slowly ending their reign of prospect terror. Shortly after delaying third baseman Kris Bryant’s entrance into the major leagues to keep him from becoming a free agent until 2021, the organization is calling up infielder Addison Russell. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports broke the news: cubs now calling up addison russell to the majors. ...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Is Jon Lester Overrated?

Jon Lester In the summer of 2014, the Chicago Cubs signed left-handed pitcher Jon Lester to a six year contract worth $155 million to bolster a pitching staff that featured Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks and brought back Jason Hammel.  It is a move that Cubs fans are hoping will put them back in the playoff hunt in the National League Central and in a year or two make them a contender...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester tosses glove to first base for the out (Video)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester was forced to toss his mitt to first base for the out when he couldn't get the baseball out of his glove during the second inning of Sunday's game against San Diego.It happened with one out and a runner on first when Padres batter Clint Barnes hit a comebacker to Lester. Lester tried to get the lead runner at second, but when the ball got stuck in...
Via Holdout Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jon Lester Throw Glove to First Base to Record Out

Athletes are often forced to make the best of a bad situation. Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester showed those quick-thinking skills on Sunday. In the top of the second inning during the Cubs’ meeting with the San Diego Padres, the left-hander snagged a ground ball hit by Clint Barmes. Since Jedd Gyorko was on first base, Lester turned toward second base to initiate a potential...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jon Lester flips glove to first for out

We seemingly see a play like this every season – the infielder fields a ball hit pretty hard in his glove, and the ball gets stuck. He has no time to pry it out, so he pulls off the entire glove and tosses it to first for the out. That’s exactly what happened with Cubs starter Jon Lester on Sunday after fielding this shot back to the mound off the bat of Padres infielder Clint...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs fan catches foul ball in beer cup, chugs it

Not everyone needs a glove to catch a foul ball at a baseball game. Fans are creative, and often use other devices, like beer cups, for example. That’s exactly what one particular Cubs fan used during Saturday’s game against the Padres when a foul ball was headed in her direction. She not only caught the ball in her beer cup, but also celebrated like a boss by holding it...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryant strikes out three times in debut; Cubs fans heckle him

Kris Bryant had his “welcome to the big leagues” moment, and it wasn’t pretty. The highly-touted finally joined the Chicago Cubs on Friday after controversially beginning the season with Triple-A Iowa and batted cleanup at Wrigley Field against the San Diego Padres. Here’s his first MLB at-bat in the first inning:   This embed is invalid   " /> Yikes...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant and floor versus ceiling

Merry Krismas, Chicago; Kris Bryant‘s defense magically in the exact amount of minor league games it took for the Cubs to delay his free agency by a year. With that remarkable coincidence act of theatre out of the way, the Cubs can now acknowledge that Bryant is not only their best third baseman, but one […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

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