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Cubs Trade Jackson to Arizona, Brett Jackson That is

Late last night the Chicago Cubs traded former first round pick Brett Jackson to the Arizona DiamondBacks for Triple A pitcher, and 2014 AA All Star pitcher Blake Cooper. Jackson was one of those big top prospects from the Jim Hendry era that never quite panned out. In his brief stop in the majors in 2012, Jackson fell flat on his face and never made his way back to the big leagues...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

What Could Have Been: Chris Archer and the Chicago Cubs

When Jim Hendry traded for Matt Garza in 2011, he did so thinking that the addition of a playoff-tested arm would be what finally got the Chicago Cubs past the NLDS, perhaps even to a World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays, meanwhile, were simply doing what they did best. They were trading an ace pitcher at his maximum trade value, and building a constant flow of young talent for years...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Prospects and Their Wrigley Debuts

In years past, rookies have enjoyed success on the road when debuting for the Cubs, but when it comes time to step in the box at The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, they have not fared well. Is it the pressure brought upon them when they are in front of their home crowd? Rookies in the Cubs system should not be scared of playing at Wrigley Field because wherever they play, there...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Prospects Giving Fans a Reason to Believe

We all know that the Chicago Cubs farm system is the best in baseball according to Bleacher Report’s Mike Rosenbaum. We also are fully aware that once a rookie is called up, he must adjust to the way the game is played at the Major League level. The Cubs have been building their farm system since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were brought in to run the organization, and with the latest...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Better Know A Cub: Javier Baez

Pedigree Ednel Javier Baez was the last 1st round pick of the Jim Hendry regime, taken right after Francisco Lindor and right before Cory Spangenberg (if I remember correctly, the Padres (Hoyer) had Baez on their Big Board put he was popped right before). Drafted from relatively anonymous Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Florida (he’ll be the first draftee from their...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The March to the Top Begins Today

In a few years, when the Chicago Cubs win the World Series (yes, I said when), we will look back to today as the day when things finally started coming together. Today is the day that the Cubs took that first step towards once again contending not only for a division crown, but for the whole enchilada. Today, Javier Baez joins staples of the Cubs lineup Starlin Castro and Anthony...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Cubs (40-54) at Diamondbacks (40-56)

It’s nice to have a competent front office. Sure, the team is really bad, but I don’t ever really worry about the little things, like our GM so offending a draftee that his agent won’t even return the team’s calls on signing deadline day. I never thought that Jim Hendry was a terrible GM, but were he in charge right now, I would be terrified that someone was about to get...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Fired! Odd Chicago Cubs Psychologist Thought He Was A Player

Chicago Cubs News – This off-season the Chicago Cubs fired team Psychologist Marc Strickland who was a Jim Hendry era holdover. It was former GM Hendry who actually wanted to fire him and it was new Cubs ownership that wanted to keep him around. There were problems with the Cubs players understanding his role, valuing his role and understanding his odd behaviors. Players Did Not...
Via Sports Mockery
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

When Will Epstein’s Time Here Run Out?

At the end of the 2011 season, Tom Ricketts and the Chicago Cubs hired Theo Epstein to be the new President of Baseball Operations. In addition to Epstein, the Cubs also hired Jed Hoyer to be the new General Manager. Their assignment was not an easy one, to help the Cubs win the World Series for the first time in over 100 years. This would not be an easy task, as several men have...
Via World Series Dreaming
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Three most overpaid Chicago Cubs in the Jim Hendry era

Now that the Jim Hendry era is over, we can now assess that he overpaid for many players. The Chicago Cubs had one of the highest payrolls in baseball, yet failed to win. Jim Hendry spent a lot of money on a few players in particular that didn’t play at the level of their monster contracts. It was after they signed their big contracts that they began to start declining. With...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Anatomy of a Franchise

There were times in the early days of the Ricketts family ownership where fans (myself included) might have thought that they didn’t know what they were doing.  Maybe that is still true to an extent today.  The Cubs had a small front office, possibly the smallest in the majors.  They had a general manager who was a good scout but a poor evaluator of future talent, if that made...
Via World Series Dreaming
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss
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