CUBS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

Despite the Cubs ending their 108-year World Series drought, Miguel Montero made offseason headlines for all the wrong reasons when he complained about his role in the Cubs' 2017 championship campaign. Montero criticized Maddon's communication skills, catching rotation and bullpen decision-making after the team's Grant Park celebration. Maddon brushed off the criticism, and last...
Via CSN Chicago
18 minutes ago

Chicago Cubs: “Baseball’s best fans” are anything but that

It’s a sad day when a professional baseball player is asked a question and then slandered by a fan base for his answer. Former Chicago Cubs outfielder–and current St. Louis Cardinals–gave his thoughts on the travel ban. His wife is from Iran. What follows is enough to make a person sick. While Dexter Fowler was with […] Chicago Cubs: “Baseball’s best fans” are anything...
Via Cubbies Crib
3 hours ago

Daily Cubs Clip Fix (2/20/17): Rizzo as Bryant, Lester & Lackey Throw Live BP, Heyward Goes Deep, & More

The weekend rain was good news for the otherwise arid Arizona desert but it meant the Cubs’ first full-team workout got delayed until today. Going into the opening workout there had been a lot of talk that Joe Maddon was going to be rolling out a big surprise but the fields were too wet…maybe tomorrow? We’ll be there if something does happen, so be sure to check CI for all...
Via Cubs Insider
4 hours ago

Addison Russell planning to become next Cubs superstar

MESA, Ariz. Addison Russell earned his managers trust by playing boring defense, always making the routine plays at shortstop with textbook fundamentals. Even Russells
Via CSN Chicago
4 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: 2017 broadcast schedule released

Fresh off a World Series Championship, the Chicago Cubs will get a lot of national attention this year. WGN-TV will also be celebrating a historic milestone. Chicago Cubs television and radio ratings were through the roof last year. That comes as no surprise for a team that won a World Series and had a historic […] Chicago Cubs: 2017 broadcast schedule released - Cubbies Crib ...
Via Cubbies Crib
5 hours ago

Joe Maddon shows off his tricked-out RV

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is living large.In an appearance on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel set to air Tuesday, Feb. 21, Maddon showed off the luxury RV he spends time in, which boasts no less than four TVs, one and a half bathrooms, and heated floors. Maddon’s RV is already the stuff of legend. It’s known as the “Cousin Eddie,” and it was the site of his very first...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why Brett Anderson called Cubs fans ‘f------ idiots’ and loves the idea of pitching at Wrigley Field

MESA, Ariz. On an October night where you could literally feel Wrigley Field shaking, Brett Anderson fired off a message on his personal Twitter
Via CSN Chicago
6 hours ago

Cubs notes: Spot in rotation up for grabs

The Cubs and the city of Mesa will host a championship rally on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. MT/11 a.m-3 p.m. CT at Sloan Park, one day before the defending World Series champs open Cactus League play.
Via Cubs.com
6 hours ago

Baez brings new glove to Spring Training

Javier Baez has a new glove, designed specifically for the World Baseball Classic in Puerto Rico's colors of red, white and blue. Cubs manager Joe Maddon probably wouldn't be surprised to see some chrome on it, too.
Via Cubs.com
7 hours ago

La Stella happy to be back with Cubs

He had to change his phone number and deal with friends and family who were confused but Tommy La Stella said he has no regrets about his decision last year to go home rather than report to the Minor Leagues when the Cubs sent him down.
Via Cubs.com
7 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: What if this team can’t win it all again?

Winning is everything. And every time you win it feels great. So entering the 2017 spring training, the Chicago Cubs feel better than any other team out there. Fans and Vegas insiders agree that the Cubs possess the tools needed to repeat. It’s a feat not completed since the late nineties and capped off by […] Chicago Cubs: What if this team can’t win it all again? - Cubbies...
Via Cubbies Crib
11 hours ago

Exclusive: Kris Bryant’s Dad, Mike, Talks to Cubs Insider About Crafting an MVP Swing and How His Son Can Get Even Better (Part 3)

If you find yourself reading this and haven’t seen Part 1 and Part 2, please remedy that posthaste and make your way back when you’re done. In addition to providing context, there’s some great stuff in there for Cubs fans or just baseball fans in general. We’ve already learned about how Kris Bryant adjusted his swing between his rookie and sophomore seasons and how Mike thinks...
Via Cubs Insider
12 hours ago

Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Should we worry about Jake Arrieta?

Most early drafters have Jake Arrieta ranked among their top 10 hurlers, but on our fantasy baseball starting pitcher preview podcast, John Halpin and Paul Sporer (FanGraphs) share their concerns about the Cubs' ace. Other players and topics include: Chris Sale's move to Fenway Kyle Hendricks' rising fantasy stock Sporer's excitement about lefties Danny Duffy and Rich Hill Aaron...
Via FOX Sports
13 hours ago

Cubs Quick Hits: Mike Montgomery Threw More Curves After Trade to Cubs

Before the Cubs traded Dan Voglebach for Mike Montgomery, Chris Bosio said he saw room for improvement for the tall left-hander. One part of Montgomery’s game that caught Bosio’s eye was potential for pitch-selection optimization. Sure enough, once the Cubs acquired him, the man who threw the clinching pitch in the World Series championship immediately started throwing more...
Via Cubs Insider
15 hours ago

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts wants to build on World Series title

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Now that his Chicago Cubs are champions for the first time in 108 years, owner Tom Ricketts is thinking far bigger: He wants to be the best organization globally. A recent trip to Monaco to accept an award for top sports team in the world reminded Ricketts just how many people love the Cubs and are overjoyed to see them end a drought dating to 1908. ''There's...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Projected outfield depth chart for the Chicago Cubs

The Cubs’ magical 2016 season ended with their first World Series win in 108 years, ending professional sports’ longest lasting title drought. It also marked the end of talented center fielder Dexter Fowler‘s tenure with Chicago. The loss of their leadoff hitter left the Cub’s with a hole in their lineup, but they seem to have faith that Albert Almora can fill Fowler...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs star Kris Bryant unfazed by constant fanfare, attention

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Jason Heyward is amazed at how Kris Bryant handles the attention that comes with being the NL Rookie of the Year two years ago and the commanding MVP choice and World Series champion just a year later. The swarms of adoring Cubs fans. Constant autograph signing. Selfies galore with the North Side die-hards. ''Everybody wants his autograph, everybody wants a picture...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Kris Bryant got pranked by Greg Maddux, and it was great

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant did not suspect that a hippie-looking guy holding a boom stick was actually Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, but that’s who threw batting practice to the NL MVP during a hilarious prank set up by Red Bull.It all went down at the College of Southern Nevada where Bryant was under the impression that he would be doing an interview during batting practice...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Montero prepares for another season as Cubs backup

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Miguel Montero produced one of the biggest hits of the Chicago Cubs' championship run in the game that decided it all, and now he's preparing again for life as a backup catcher. It's not easy - this competitor wants nothing more than to play every day. Montero figures to start behind the plate once or twice a week when second-year big leaguer Willson Contreras...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon says spring training silliness will return for Cubs

Just because the Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series champions doesn’t mean Joe Maddon has any plans his eccentric  managerial methods.If fact, Maddon put everyone on notice Tuesday that the unique approach to management he brought along to the Cubs organization from his tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays will once again play a role at spring training.Maddon did stop short...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Javier Baez explains funny reason for going blonde

It’s a great day for baseball fans. Pitchers and catchers have started reporting to Arizona and Florida across the industry and media are making sure fans know everything that’s going on with the players. Especially the important stuff. One of these breaking developments revolves around the reigning World Series Champions, one of the first baseball teams to report to spring training...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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