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CUBS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Chicago news: Cubs ratings are exploding

An excerpt from my latest Chicago Tribune column: ******* This year’s winner of the good timing award goes to WLS-Ch.7 and WBBM-AM 780. WLS signed on for a five-year package of Cubs games in December despite the team’s TV ratings sinking to historic lows in 2014. John Idler, WLS’s president and general manager, figured the ratings would rise dramatically at some point during...
Via Sherman Report
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rookie Russell shows why he's the man at SS with sweet DP

Addison Russell showed again why Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon had no choice but to make the rookie the club's starting shortstop at the expense of Starlin Castro.In the bottom of the third inning Wednesday night, Russell made an incredible play, snagging a hard-hit grounder with a backhand stab from his knees, then making a terrific turn and throw to Castro at second base to start...
Via Fox Sports
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Who is the Cubs Best Rookie?

The Chicago Cubs are set to make history. Currently they have a 7.5 game lead over the San Fransisco Giants for the second Wild Card, but that is not what has them on the verge of history. What does, is if the Cubs hang on to their lead and make the playoffs, they will become the first team in baseball history to make the playoffs starting four rookies in the regular everyday lineup...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What makes Bruce Bochy and Joe Maddon great?

With the Cubs in San Francisco to face the team just behind them in the wild-card race, it makes sense to compare the two managers. After all, they both ended up within the top five in a recent ESPN.com survey, and their teams have both found success in recent years. Though they were born just a year apart, their styles are different enough that they seem to be a study in contrasts...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 8, Giants 5 (8/25/15)

OSS: Cubs make a laugher of it early, and a nailbiter of it late. Three Up 1. Jake Arrieta had a perfecto through 3, and ended the day allowing no earned runs (1 unearned on his own error, though), striking out 8 over 6 innings and allowing a single walk. Much like Rizzo deserves to finish around 3rd or 4th in MVP voting, Arrieta deserves to finish around 3rd or 4th in Cy Young voting...
Via Obstructed View
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Sign Emilio Bonifacio to Minor League Deal

Last Tuesday the Chicago White Sox activated Emilio Bonifacio from the 15-day disabled list and immediately designated him for assignment. Once Bonifacio cleared waivers he was released. Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs signed him to a Minor League deal. Bonifacio, 30, can best be described as a journeyman ballplayer. He’s appeared in games for eight different clubs since his Major League...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kyle Schwarber Does Something No Chicago Cubs Player Has Done Since 1900

This is a great year to be a Chicago Cubs fan. A wealth of young talent has the team playing better than it has in many, many years. Going in to Tuesday night's game against the Giants they were 72-51; 6.5 games back in the division, but with a healthy grasp on one of the wild card spots. Could it be? Could the Cubbies return to the post season for the first time in years?If they...
Via FatManWriting
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester admits Cubs contract can be ‘monkey on your back’ at times

Jon Lester really wanted to impress his new organization. Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Chicago Cubs over the offseason, started slow in his first season in the Windy City. The left-hander since has turned things around, but he admits the pressure of pitching under such a lucrative contract initially had a negative impact. “At times, it’s a good...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Continue Season Of Walk Offs

Call them the cardiac Cubs, call them the never quit Cubs, call them the young Cubs, or just call them the Chicago Cubs. In the month of August, the Cubs have seen all of the planning, all of the rebuilding, and most of the process come together in one amazing ride. On Monday, the Cubs won another game via the walk off thanks to a Kris Bryant home run. It is Bryant’s second walk...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 2, Cleveland 1 (8/24/15)

OSS: Kris Bryant picks up Jon Lester with a walkoff blast. Three up 1. After a week where the Cubs seemed to have scored roughly 217 runs, it was jarring to see them shut down for a game. The Cubs finally got through to Kluber with a RBI triple by Rizzo in the seventh, though Ross had just missed a HR earlier in the game. 2. Jon Lester missed a complete game shutout by one out, giving...
Via Obstructed View
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Maddon: Cubs can win it all this year (and there's precedence)

Everybody knows the Chicago Cubs haven't won the World Series in over a century, so it's easy to find non-believers out there that the lovable losers will be able to do it in any of our lifetimes. This 2015 team certainly wasn't projected to be the one to break the streak -- or curse. This was supposed to be an up-and-coming bunch, but World Series winners? No way. But since the...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Lose Key Players To Injuries

The Chicago Cubs have been one of the hottest teams in baseball over the past few weeks posting a 20-5 record in their past 25 games. They’ve been surging all right, but a pair of injuries to RHP Jason Motte and OF Jorge Soler will sideline the pair for a bit of time. Soler is dealing with a strained left oblique muscle that puts him on the DL until at least mid-September, but...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Was Mike Fiers cheating during his no-hitter?

When you think pitching and greatness it’s unlikely you think of Mike Fiers. Well Friday, Mike Fiers threw a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers, so in your face. Of coruse, I’m kidding.f No-hitters are fluky events by nature, and though the game’s greats have thrown them, so have many of the game’s not-so-greats. For example, the list of pitchers who have thrown no...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon’s advice on fan safety after Wrigley incident: ‘Pay attention’

A rash of injuries to fans seated close to the field at ballparks this season, including two over the past weekend, has given rise to calls for Major League Baseball to make attending a game safer for those in premium seating. Joe Maddon, who witnessed firsthand on Sunday how dangerous it can be for fans seated so close to the field, had one piece of advice for fans on how to help...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Get Bit Hard By Injury

The Chicago Cubs today announced that both Jason Motte and Jorge Soler would be missing time due to injury today.    The time frame for Soler is not good, he is expected to miss a month, perhaps the rest of the season if things don’t go perfectly for him. While the length Motte might miss is not known, I cannot believe that he will be back quickly either.    Add in that Addison...
Via World Series Dreaming
3 days ago  |  Discuss

To Catch a Cardinal

The Cubs are 7 losses clear of the Giants and 6 losses away from the Cardinals. In a very real sense, the Cubs are closer to the division than they are to falling out of the Wild Card. However, that doesn’t mean that the Cubs are really all that close to getting there. BP has the Cubs at 4.7% to win the division, and 6.3% to miss the playoffs altogether. Those seem right, and looking...
Via Obstructed View
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs to Add Toyota Logo to Iconic Marquee

Welp…this might piss off some people in Wrigleyville. In the past couple of years, the Chicago Cubs home has welcomed its fair share of advertisers, all to the chagrin of the Wrigley Field faithful. Which, to digress, cracks me up considering the stadium (which was initially called “Weeghman Park” and, later “Cubs Park”) re-named itself after a chewing gum manufacturer...
Via Hall of Very Good
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs alert season ticket holders of playoff ticket availability

With Joe Maddon’s Chicago Cubs smack dab in the middle of the hunt for a Wild Card berth in the National League, the organization — if it is as superstitious as it reasonably should be — has arguably tempted fate and announced to season ticket holders that playoff tickets are now available for purchase. “It has been an exciting  few weeks of Cubs baseball as our team...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kate Upton takes part in Wrigley Field flyover in P-51 Mustang

With boyfriend Justin Verlander’s Detroit Tigers in the Windy City to play a two-game set with the Chicago Cubs, Kate Upton was in town to take in Wednesday’s ballgame. Since she is a world-famous supermodel, Upton’s pregame experience was distinctly different than the one enjoyed by most folks, but this followed being forced to sit through a lengthy rain delay the previous...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Hot Hot Heat: Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Pitchers Who Throw Fire

It’s easy to look back and laugh now, but there was a time when people genuinely worried that Anthony Rizzo would never hit a good fastball. He was struggling to hit anything harder than 90 miles per hour, and if that had remained true, it would have been a very real death knell for him. Good hitters don’t have the bat knocked from their hands by a heater, unless a pitcher is...
Via BP Wrigleyville
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Cubs should not start Jon Lester in a wild card game

Here is a modest proposal for Cubs manager Joe Maddon: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER CAN YOU START JON LESTER OVER JAKE ARRIETA IN A WILD CARD PLAYOFF GAME. That’s as modestly as I can get the point across, at any rate, though some non-caps lock talking points would probably allow my plea to be taken more seriously, particularly given the odds that this post is seen as an...
Via Rumors and Rants
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Fowler, Russell, and Soler keys to Cubs second half surge

The Chicago Cubs never fully reached their full potential in the first half of the year. It took them until late July to show the league what they are capable of. The Cubs went on a nine game win streak and won 16 of 18 games at one point. A big reason for that hot streak was Dexter Fowler, Addison Russell, and Jorge Soler. Those three players have turned their season around here...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jon Lester botches first pickoff attempt since April

Jon Lester and pickoff throws do not get along. Lester has a history when it comes to throwing over to first base, and it’s not a good one. The Chicago Cubs left-hander attempted his first pickoff throw in two years back in April, and it didn’t go so well. Maybe that’s why Lester didn’t attempt another throw over to first base until Thursday. And just like his last attempt...
Via NESN.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Anthony Rizzo climbs onto tarp for great catch

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo isn’t just a great hitter – he’s got a fantastic glove as well. Check out what he did in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s Brewers-Cubs game during a Ryan Braun at bat. That’s….impressive. Quite impressive. Ironically, in his first at bat after the play, Rizzo would pop out…to first base…in foul territory. The post Anthony...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball needs the Cubs to reach October

The Chicago Cubs aren't quite the "lovable losers" we've been acquainted with over the past 10 years. No, no. These youngsters are now the "wunderkind winners".  The Cubs organization highlighted a demonstrative turnaround a season ago, despite a deceiving 73-89 record. Baseball's most keenly observed rebuild showed all signs pointed towards a fruitful future, but the plucking...
Via The Sports Quotient
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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