7 Best Chicago Cubs Opening Day Games In Last 50 Years

As the Chicago Cubs get ready to open up the 2014 season, let’s take a look back on some of the greatest Chicago Cubs opening day games of the past 50 years. Last year, if you’ll recall, featured an incredible performance in Pittsburgh by Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija led the Cubs to a 3-1 victory by going eight innings, striking out nine and only allowing three base runners. ...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: Patterson In, Rodriguez Out

In the next several weeks leading into Spring Training, the White Sox, like every other ball club, will be making some minor moves to fill any small holes they may have throughout the organization. A couple have gone down recently, with one veteran coming in and another low-end prospect heading out. Photo Credit: US Presswire The team signed 30 year-old utility man...
Via Grab Some Bench
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Home Runs and Bunts for Hits: A Different 20-10 Season

Analytically-focused baseball hobbyists are not supposed to fall for the temptation of round-numbered accomplishments. Sure, round numbers are easy to remember (40-40 is easier to remember than, say, 34-41 or something), but over time they can appear to have a meaning or value beyond simply being an arbitrary, if memorable, landmark. That is all a qualification to this post. When...
Via Fangraphs
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Good news for everybody in baseball except Yankee fans: There's another high-priced Cuban free agent that we won't sign

His name is Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - (yep, a three-name Cuban! Fidel didn't even have three) - and both the Dodgers and Redsocks sent suited poohbahs to watch him pitch and measure his - well - thighs. He is a 26 year old right-hander who stands 6'3" and looks menacing coming off a bus. And every Yankee fan in captivity wishes Old George were still alive.Of course,...
June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Why do we always have to go through the entire MLB service roster before giving rookies a chance?

This week, as usual, the Evil Empire (TM) set course firmly in the direction of both heaven and hell. For starters, the storied organization of the Babe, Mick, Joe D and Yogi went out and signed Corey Patterson, Brent Lillebridge, Randy Ruiz, Yoshinori Tateyama and Mike Zagurski. (No word on Sidney Ponson.) This zombie pillaging of the scrap heap has become the hallmark of the modern...
June 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees make four acquisitions

The Yankees made four acquisitions today. After being designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Yankees acquired left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski to a minor-league deal. The 30-year-old Zagurski had six appearances with the Pirates and allowed 10 runs on 10 hits on his six innings of work (15.00 ERA). He had three stints with the Philadelphia Phillies (2007, 2010...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets Release RHP Brad Holt; A Disappointing End To What Began As A Promising Career

The Mets have announced that they’ve released P Brad Holt, P Danny Herrera, P Craig Hansen,OF Mike Wilson, OF Corey Patterson, OF Pedro Zapata & INF Brandon Brown. Of course the name that jumps out at you here is 2008 first rounder Brad Holt who was once held in the same regard as Michael Fulmer and Noah Syndergaard are today. I remember how he blew away everyone in his first...
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March 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Rating Prospects

Rather than ranking players on upside with little attention to downside, I'd prefer a system that takes both into account. Uncle Dave has mentioned here before the rankings that Hockey's Future does just that. Everybody loves to ranks prospects. They love to rank anything, but for baseball fans, ranking prospects is fun. I've generally felt that something was missing...
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March 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Oh, I Remember ...

  Landed in Florida to news #Mets have signed OF Corey Patterson and Mike Wilson to minor league deals, per BA. — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 6, 2013 Those with really, really good memories pointed out that 2 of Patterson's 6 career 2-HR games came vs. Mets. Also 3/31/03, welcoming Glavine — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 6, 2013 ...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets Sign Two Outfielders To Minor League Deals

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Mets have signed outfielders Corey Patterson and Mike Wilson to Minor League contracts. Patterson, 33, last played in the Major Leagues in 2011 with the Cardinals when he hit .157 with three RBI in 57 plate appearances. He played 117 games for Triple-A Nashville in the Brewers organization last season and hit .251 with a .285 OBP...
Via Mets Merized Online
February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Deciphering the “Cubs Way”: Replacing the house of cards with a house of bricks

Here’s the deal.  We know that prospects are important in baseball.  We know that one of the primary methods of acquiring these prospects is through the amateur draft, and that the guys who are picked early are usually the most likely to succeed in the major leagues, which intuitively makes sense. We know that a team is more likely to succeed in the regular season and make the...
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January 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Is this the worst Cubs team ever?

Faith used to come easier for a Cubs fan. If you've been paying any attention, it has been beaten out of you. Over the years, we've been told to believe in one can't-miss phenom after another. Cubs fans have lived on them. They were all saviors. I don't know where any of them are now. Last time I talked to Karl Pagel, once featured on the front page of the Wall...
Via Fox Sports
October 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds risking postseason hopes with likely playoff rotation

Latos should be pitching Game One of the playoffs. If there’s one thing that has annoyed me and indeed many, if not most, Reds fans about the Dusty Baker era, it has been his lack of flexibility toward his roster. We’ve seen it time and again with such notable examples as the roles (and spots in the lineup) of guys like Corey Patterson, Willy Taveras...
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September 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Where's Banks When You Need Him?

  Baseball here, baseball there; baseball, baseball everywhere… Friday night I got home from work as quick as I’m able, changed outfits and headed to the ballpark, arriving in the second inning of game one as the I-Cubs dug into the first of four games with the Nashville Sounds in barely 24 hours. We went with a group of friends and sat at one of the picnic tables in the leftfield...
Via Cub Reporter
June 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs find next savior in 1st round pick Albert Almora

The Chicago Cubs will probably lose 105+ games this season, so tonight was pretty much their Super Bowl. It’s the first MLB draft of the Theo Epstein- Jed Hoyer regime, so it’s a big night for Cubs fans and the long term view. With over a century on ineptitude, Cub fans are always obsessed with the next savior, the next big thing to come along and turn it around. Anthony Rizzo...
Via The Sports Bank
June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Are some players rushed to the Major Leagues

The guy I used to run The Hawkeye State with and who now helps run The High Porch Picnic, another Hawkeyes blog, asked me a question on twitter yesterday. I've always wanted your opinion: Did Corey Patterson not work out because he was awful, or because the Cubs rushed him? It's not something I've thought all that much about for several years. I recall thinking about...
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March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Brewers sign Corey Patterson to minor-league deal

The Brewers gave themselves more depth in the outfield by signing veteran Corey Patterson to a minor-league deal.
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January 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Brewers sign OF Patterson to minors deal

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed veteran outfielder Corey Patterson to a minor league contract. Patterson spent last season with the St. Louis Cardinals, hitting .157 with three RBIs in 44 games. The 32-year-old has seen time with six teams during his career, including appearing in 11 games with the Brewers in 2009. Patterson is a career .252 hitter and owns 218 steals.
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Brewers ink OF Patterson

The Milwaukee Brewers signed veteran outfielder Corey Patterson to a minor league deal on Monday.
Via Miami Herald
January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Brewers sign Patterson to minor league deal

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed outfielder Corey Patterson to a minor league contract.
January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Brewers sign OF Patterson to minor league contract

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have signed outfielder Corey Patterson to a minor league contract. Patterson played 44 games for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, batting .157 with three RBIs. The 32-year-old Patterson made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2000 and played for them through the 2005 season. He also has played for Baltimore, Cincinnati, Washington...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Brewers give Patterson minor league deal (AP)

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed outfielder Corey Patterson to a minor league contract. Patterson played 44 games for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, batting .157 with three RBIs. The 32-year-old Patterson made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2000 and played for them through the 2005 season.
Via Yahoo! Sports
January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Brewers ink veteran OF Patterson to Minors deal

The Brewers finalized a Minor League contract for outfielder Corey Patterson on Monday, a deal that assistant general manager Gord Ash hinted was in the works during Sunday's "Brewers On Deck" event.
January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Patterson: Not Done Yet

Hot News for OF Corey Patterson
January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

You May Say I'm a Dreamer: Chicago Cubs

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. "Wait 'til next year..." It's a refrain that's beaten into your soul as a Cubs fan. Growing up in Chicago's northwest suburbs, it's one that I uttered many...
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

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