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CUBS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Cubs Release Struggling Southpaw Doubront

The Chicago Cubs released lefty pitcher Felix Doubront today per MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat. Doubront signed with the Cubs in January as the ball club intended to shore up some left-handed depth, although he wanted to be a starter rather than a reliever. Unfortunately he was out of options and couldn’t be sent down to Triple-A Iowa, which could have done him some good. Doubront...
Via Baseball Essential
35 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Super-Prospect Javier Baez A Bust?

It’s hard not to be caught up in the excitement of spring training. For many of us, it’s the first time we’ve seen live baseball on our televisions after a dreary winter offseason. Twitter and baseball-related boards all over the internet are set ablaze with discussions, ranging from the most basic predictions all the way down to the finite intricacies of player makeup and...
Via Baseball Essential
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Drive to 25: Cubs Roster Update

I hope you’ve enjoyed the countdown marker on the sidebar that tells us we’re about a week away from Opening Night.  You probably also know that Fallout Boy and the Chicago Cubs will be performing for you live from a construction zone, but that’s just the way it is and Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has already prepared his players for that scenario (oy...
Via World Series Dreaming
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs’ Star Slugger Kris Bryant Likely to Miss MLB Opening Day

Kris Bryant of the U.S. Team looks on during batting practice prior to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game against the World Team at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Getty Images) The Chicago Cubs are hosting the St. Louis Cardinals April 5th for Opening Day of the 2015 MLB regular season, but their best player may be conspicuously...
Via The Sports Journal
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Top 4 Reasons to Watch the Cubs in 2015

The Chicago Cubs are one of baseball’s most storied and oldest active sports franchises, having been established in 1870 as the Chicago White Stockings. From the 1876 through the 1908 season, the Cubs had won eight championships and was clearly baseball’s first true dynasty. Times have changed however, and the team, famously, hasn’t won a championship since that 1908 season...
Via Sports Mockery
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant believes he’s ready to start season with Cubs

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Kris Bryant is one of the hottest names in Major League Baseball, and has been talked about as the “next big thing” with the numbers that he has put up in Spring Training. There are quite a few decisions for the Chicago Cubs to make before Opening Day, and a lot of them involve what they want to do with Bryant. They are widely expected to sit...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: What needs to happen for success in 2015

As we approach the start of the 2015 MLB season, teams all across the league believe this is their year-none more so than the Chicago Cubs. Every year is the year for Cub fans. However, there is more optimism, anticipation, enthusiasm, and excitement surrounding the North Side of Chicago this year than in recent memory. After five straight years of either last or second to last place...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Scott Boras taking shots at Cubs' history over Kris Bryant

The battle over Kris Bryant’s service time clock, which hasn’t even started yet, was just taken in a bit of a personal direction by Bryant’s agent, Scott Boras. While speaking with Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Boras dragged out the Cubs’ history of losing as a reason to bring him up for Opening Day. “The opiate of player control cannot supersede the greater importance...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans Brief South Bend on Way to Succeed in Intrasquad Tilts

Shawon Dunston Jr stroked an RBI double, reached base on a bunt single, and scored two runs, Trey Martin clubbed an RBI triple, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and Gioskar Amaya reached basse threec times on two wallks and a single, helping the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to an 8-5 victory over the South Bend Cubs in Minor League Camp intrasquad action this morning on Field #6 at...
Via Cub Reporter
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Team on the Rise

When baseball fans think of futility, one of the first things that come to their mind is the Chicago Cubs franchise. The team has not won a World Series since 1908, which is the worst stretch of any current Major League team. Who knows what would have happened if Cubs fan Steve Bartman didn’t interfere with Moises Alou’s attempt to catch a foul ball in the 2003 National League...
Via Total Sports Live
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Wrigley Field be ready for opening night?

Even when someone finds themselves impossibly excited about the Chicago Cubs, it doesn’t take very long for some damn fool thing to happen that reminds you that you’re dealing with the Cubs. Regardless of their record this upcoming season — it may well be a few games under .500 or a few games over .500 — there’s no question that an exciting young team has been assembled...
Via Rumors and Rants
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the 25-man roster

Yesterday, we heard the strongest whispers yet that Javier Baez was making the Opening Day roster. While not altogether unexpected, it nonetheless helps to shape the roster (and with just 2 weeks left, we’ll be hearing a lot more of these soon, I’d wager). The 5th OF and the 6th (or 7th) reliever aren’t the most pivotal positions on the team, but those are probably the only...
Via Obstructed View
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Google Maps led to Edwin Jackson arriving late to stadium

Edwin Jackson was scheduled to start the Cubs’ game Tuesday afternoon against the A’s. Unfortunately, Jackson did not arrive to the stadium on time due to difficulty getting directions to Oakland’s spring training complex. The A’s now play their spring training games at Hohokam Park in Mesa, Arizona. That’s where Jackson thought he would end...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Javier Baez Decision Has Been Made

As being reported by WSCR-670’s Bruce Levine, the Chicago Cubs will go north with Javier Baez apart of the 25 man roster. Cubs have done a 180 on Javier Baez . He now seems in good shape to open on the 25 man roster . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) March 24, 2015 Baez, who made his major league debut last season with the Chicago Cubs, was threatened with the possibility...
Via Sports Mockery
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Another Reason to Dislike Edwin Jackson

He’s overpaid, he’s been a bad pitcher and despite being with the Chicago Cubs in Arizona for three spring trainings, Edwin Jackson doesn’t know when there’s traffic before getting to the ballpark. The Cubs played against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday, a 1 p.m. local start in Mesa, Arizona. Edwin Jackson was scheduled to start, but he didn’t show up on time. Only in Spring...
Via Sports Mockery
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs likely to send Baez to AAA

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsIt’s no secret that the Chicago Cubs have a bevy of young talent in their system, many of whom will be seeing ample time in the majors this season. One who seems very likely to start his 2015 season in AAA Iowa, however, is 2B/SS prospect Javier Baez. This is in spite of making his Cubs debut on August 5 of last year. A quick scan of his 2014 totals...
Via Sports-Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Greg Maddux asked for umpire’s advice on pitch and it worked

We all know respected Major League pitchers who have been around the game for years are more apt to get the benefit of the doubt with borderline calls. But what about umpires telling pitchers what pitch to throw? Maybe that’s just a Greg Maddux thing. In his book “Leo Mazzone’s Tales From the Braves Mound,”...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Continue to Dominate Canadian Amateur Baseball

Eloy Jimenez ripped an RBI single, walked twice, and stole two bases, Shane Kennedy walked twice and knocked-in two runs with a double and an RBI GO, Frandy de la Rosa singled, doubled, stole a base, and scored two runs, and nine Cubs pitchers combined to toss a four-hitter with eleven twelve strikeouts, as the Cubs defeated the Ontario Nationals 8-2 in Minor League Camp game action...
Via Cub Reporter
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant gives bat to little boy who claims to be his No. 1 fan (pics/vids)

Chicago Cubs über-prospect Kris Bryant gave a young fan a thrill for the ages on Thursday by not only giving the wee lad one of his bats but later coming over and signing it. The name of the youngster in question is the six-year-old of fan Jason Witt. The boy claims to be Bryant’s No....Read More The post Kris Bryant gives bat to little boy who claims to be his No. 1 fan (pics...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Sweep A's in Cactus League Minor League Camp Opening Day Action

Rob Zastryzny and four relievers combined to toss a six-hit shutout and Trey Martin roped a double and an RBI single, reached base on an HBP, stole a base, and scored a run, as the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) shutout the Midland Rockhounds (Oakland A's AA affiliate) 4-0 on Field #5, and Jeimer Candelario belted two run-scoring doubles, Dan Vogelbach singled twice, walked...
Via Cub Reporter
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs #5 starter battle dissected

When the Cubs opened camp this Spring Training, one of the only real battles for a roster space figuring to take place was at the back-end of the rotation. 1 through 3 was definitely set (Lester, Arrieta, Hammel), and the 4th starter was almost certainly going to be Kyle Hendricks (though Muskat and others whispered that even he might break camp with Iowa instead of Chicago). The...
Via Obstructed View
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs smacked down Darren Rovell on Twitter

Like he does every so often, Darren Rovell was sharing some rather innocuous information on Twitter this Wednesday. This time, he was showing off the Cubs’ season ticket holder gift for 2015 – a scarf and a Javier Baez autographed ball. The Cubs threw out a cute, snarky reply because of the presence of a cat in the background of the pic Rovell tweeted out. That cat though! RT...
Via Awful Announcing
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

The end of the Chicago Cubs’ 2014 season also marked the official end to their self-imposed rebuilding process that was first administered under the Theo Epstein regime over three years ago. No longer will the team concentrate its efforts on finding players that would instantly become trade bait near the end of the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. The Cubs’ minor leagues...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Boras rips Cubs over Kris Bryant handling

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is considered by many to be the No. 1 prospect in baseball, yet a team that has not won more than 75 games since 2009 has yet to allow him to make his Major League debut. This has infuriated his agent, the legendary Scott Boras. During an interview with...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon loved Will Ferrell’s spring training act, John Madden hated it

For the most part, save for some nattering nabobs of negativity, Funny or Die’s Will Ferrell-led cavalcade through the Cactus League on Thursday was viewed as an amusing aside and a grand time was had by one and all. It helped both fans and players break up the doldrums of spring training and allowed sports...Read More The post Joe Maddon loved Will Ferrell’s spring training...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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