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.
Welp…the Cubs didn’t win on Wednesday.
Final #Rockies 7, #Cubs 5. Baez and Kottaras hit back to back HRs. Att: 10,598
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) March 5, 2014
There was what was termed a “Little League grand slam” late in the game when Christian Villanueva threw a ball away. Sometimes things just happen. But it’s spring training, you kind of expect silly things...
Video: A nice 38th birthday gift for Lee.
MIAMI -- Few people enjoy smoking cigars as much as Jack McKeon.
A daily communicant, the former Marlins manager has been known to leave a lighted cigar outside church while attending Mass only to pick up the stogie immediately following the service.
But two months after undergoing heart bypass surgery, McKeon dropped a bombshell at Marlins Park on Sunday -- his cigar-smoking days...
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The 2013 draft is a few weeks away, and if you haven’t followed our draft coverage, I suggest you start now. Last night John Dreker and I recorded a segment for the upcoming podcast, looking at Baseball America’s latest mock draft, and talking about a lot of the players who fell in the Pirates’ range. At this point it seems very likely that the Pirates will end up with one...
Truth is, the Rangers didn't want to trade Chris Davis.
That's not revisionist history coming from Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. That's the recollection of Andy MacPhail, who made the deal during his tenure as the Orioles' president of baseball operations.
The Rangers wanted right-hander Koji Uehrara from the Orioles at the 2011 trade deadline, and initially...
When Mark Teixeira sustained his injury that will cause him
to miss the start of the regular season, the New York Yankees began scouring
the market for fill ins. One of those potentials, Derrek Lee, turned the
Yankees offer down and elected to remain retired, according to Tim Brown of
Derrek Lee has decided to stay retired, according to source. Has turned down...
How bad is it getting for the New York Yankees? Derrek Lee opted for retirement instead of signing a deal with the team.
The Yankees contacted the 37-year-old Lee about a position for the club. Lee, who retired after the 2011 season, considered the offer for a few days but has notified the Yankees that he has decided to stay retired.
Currently featured on the injured list for the...
So just how desperate are the Yankees and their fans to sign warm bodies that may have been good at baseball at some point in the lives? Well, let’s just see.On Monday Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed that he had reached out to Derrek Lee to gauge his interest on joining the Yankees. Lee, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2011, said thanks, but no thanks.Then all of a sudden...
The New York Yankees have turned to the free agent market in
their search for a corner infielder to help replace injured regulars Alex
Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. The team has reached out to free agent first
baseman Derrek Lee and third baseman Scott Rolen, while it’s even contacted the
agent of former Atlanta Braves All-Star Chipper Jones.
General manager Brian...
This will be short but not so sweet.
Yankees put age before beauty.
Upon my daily trolling of the big newspapers sports sections, USA Today reported that the New York Yankees were trying to get Chipper Jones, Derrek Lee and Scott Rolen out of retirement to come play in the Bronx.
In utter disbelief instead of reaching for my morning coffee, I knocked it over and it went everywhere...
Since this obviously didn't work, they've moved on to Derrek Lee and Scott Rolen:
The New York Yankees find themselves with a lack of depth at first and third base so Brian Cashman is leaving no stone unturned. Cashman’s latest targets include Chipper Jones and Derrek Lee. Cashman spoke to reporters
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In their efforts to find a replacement first baseman until Mark Teixeira comes back from injury, the Yankees have contacted retired slugger Derrek Lee about a possible return to baseball, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. Lee is said to be interested in the situation, but no deal is in place as of yet.
Lee, 37, last played in the majors in 2011 with Baltimore and...
The Yankees don’t have many viable options to fill in for Mark Teixeira as he recovers from a strained tendon in his right wrist, so they’re turning to a player who has been retired since 2011.
The Yankees are in talks to bring Derrek Lee out of retirement, according to the New York Times. The 37-year-old was last seen playing for Pittsburgh and Baltimore two years ago.
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#3 Brian Wilson vs. #14 Jason Motte
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A little over a week ago, we started our 2013 Cubs projections series by looking at Welington Castillo. The plan is to just go from catcher to 1st to 2nd and so on. Up today is Anthony Rizzo.
For more than half a decade the Cubs got a .385 wOBA out of their 1st baseman. Derrek Lee was traded midseason in 2010, but from 2004 through 2010 he posted a .385 wOBA, put up a couple MVP...
There have been many variations of All-Marlins teams put out by several publications over the years but this will be a new twist. This series of articles will list the best and the worst player to man the position during the Marlins’ history. As is the norm, there may be a debate on the qualifications of those chosen but that’s the fun of it. Factors in this list will...
While fiddling around in Baseball-Reference (my Christmas gift to myself was a subscription to Play Index), I came across something very curious:
Derrek Lee is the all-time record holder in consecutive games with at least 1 double.
I'm not saying that the streak (which is 8 – there are a hundred or so 7 game streaks) is as untouchable as 56 consecutive games with a hit, but...
Today is a popular date for former Pittsburgh Pirates birthdays, nine players have been born on this date. We have four players covered now, with five more to come later. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland covers a bad break for the 1960 Pirates.
Frank Brooks (1978) Pitcher for the 2004 Pirates. He was originally a 13th round pick in the 1999 draft by the Phillies, that came...
For the second straight year, the Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves in the thick of the NL Central race. In 2011, the acquisitions of Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick turned out to be rentals that did nothing to help their disastrous second half. Pirates GM Neal Huntington has been busy again this past week, making four different trades. How did he fare this time around?
1) Wandy Rodriguez...
Late last night, news of a potential trade between the Phillies and Giants for right fielder Hunter Pence popped up. That trade is still up in the air, but the Phillies fire sale may be ramped up to a new level today, with starting pitchers Joe Blanton and Cliff Lee apparently in play.
Blanton's main suitor is apparently the Baltimore Orioles, with the Cardinals and Blue...
On Sunday, the Dodgers reportedly pulled out of a deal that would see Carlos Lee in a Dodger uniform and prospect Garrett Gould shipped off to the Astros. The Dodgers, who entered Sunday with a seven-game losing streak, have pulled out of talks for the Astros’ Carlos Lee, according to baseball sources. Rumors of a
First baseman Derrek Lee lives in Los Angeles. Friends say he wants to resume his major-league career. The Dodgers are looking for any offensive help they can find.
A natural fit?
The Dodgers are lukewarm to the idea of signing Lee, preferring to explore other options first, according to a major-league source.
Lee, a free agent, has yet to play this season...