The Seattle Mariners Get A New Backstop, Trade For Castillo

Experienced Catcher Smart Move For M’s The Seattle Mariners bolstered their catching staff this week by trading for an experienced catcher in Welington Castillo.  The Cubs had no room for Castillo.  Three catchers is not something you see on a 25 man roster these days so they were willing to part with him but not for free. The Mariners shipped Yoervis Medina to the bullpen needy...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners release catcher John Baker

The Seattle Mariners have released catcher John Baker. Baker, 34, was playing at Triple-A Tacoma this season but was not producing hitting a mere .161/.185/.194 on the season in 65 trips to the plate. Baker has bounced around the majors the last five seasons but has produced very little. Last year he hit just .192/.273/.231 with 15 RBI in 68 games. While Baker may latch on elsewhere...
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Bubble Watch:  M’s Will Have 25 Man Roster Decisions To Make

Multiple Players Will Not Make Mariners 25 Man Roster As the first Cactus League action gets under way there are plenty of underlying stories  to keep an eye on as veterans and young players all try to scratch their way on to the Seattle Mariners’ 25 man roster. For some, not making the M’s roster means a trip into the M’s minor league system some place.  For others, it...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Spring Training Preview – Infield Position Players

Catcher: Projected Starter: Mike Zunino Projected Backup: John Hicks Dark Horse: John Baker Zunino is the future for the Seattle Mariners behind the plate.  Ranked by Baseball America as Seattle’s second best player under the age of 25, his spot is virtually assured.  Seattle fans would like to see him hit over .200 for a full season, though his 22 home runs last season are promising...
Via Oregon Sports News
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Zunino, Baker, and Sucre A Rare Combination Behind The Plate

The 2015 Seattle Mariners Spotlight One position the 2015 Seattle Mariners are not going to worry too much over is the catcher position.  The Mariners are about as deep with talented catchers in their organization as any club out there.  Together, Mike Zunino, John Baker, and Jesus Sucre are a trio that bring the best abilities in every facet of the game. Zunino has the power...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Sign John Baker To Minor-League Deal

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with veteran catcher John Baker on a minor-league deal. His deal also includes an invitation to big league spring training. Although the Mariners have not confirmed the deal, yet, Baker tweeted out a photo of himself in front of the Space Needle in Seattle. catcher john baker signs minors deal...
Via Baseball Essential
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs sign Denorfia

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran outfielder Chris Denorfia, pending a physical.  Jon Heyman reports that the value of the contract is about $2.5MM.  Here’s the initial report:   Chris Denorifa to the @cubs ? Deno is one of my favorite teammates of all time! The Cubs fans are going to love him. Enjoy him Chicago. — John Baker (@manbearwolf)...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Denorfia, Cubs Agree to One-Year Deal

Per Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports (and John Baker of the Chicago Cubs) outfielder Chris Denorfia is on his way to Chicago on a one-year contract. Source: #Cubs in agreement with free-agent OF Chris Denorfia on one-year deal. First reported by the one and only @manbearwolf. (John Baker) — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 31, 2014 Denorfia, 34, spent 2014 with the San Diego...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss


Too bad Topps didn’t actually make this. 2014 was a heck of a year.  I survived my first year of urban Chicago teaching and am well on the way through year two.  The Chicago Cubs are transitioning from rebuild to contention (at least we hope so).  Gas prices are plummeting, and random shenanigans are afoot across the nation that we won’t go into right now because I don...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs non-tender Baker and Wright

The Chicago Cubs have non-tendered former backup catcher John Baker and left-handed reliever Wesley Wright releasing them to the free agent market, reducing the 40-man roster to 37. With the release of John Baker, the only remaining catchers on the Cubs 40-man roster are Welington Castillo and Rafael Lopez. The 33-year-old Baker played in 68 games for the Cubs last season, serving...
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Something About John Baker

At one point tonight, someone asked about John Baker‘s pitching WAR, which was obviously very tongue-in-cheek.  Baker, of course, was the emergency pitcher in a memorable extra-innings game that would not end, and he also happened to be the game-winning run.  Baker has been in other fun games as well, usually as a bit of a running gag since, well…he’s not that good of a baseball...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Catching Upgrades Will be Difficult for Cubs

One of the popular topics of conversation in the Twitterverse has become upgrading the catcher position moving into 2015.  Without question, incumbent Welington Castillo has not had the type of season that we all would have liked, which is to say he has not emphatically made himself a core piece moving forward. Photo: Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media Welington Castillo has been...
Via World Series Dreaming
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch the Cubs John Baker's bat go flying at a fan...who makes the COTY

The Cubs' John Baker loses his grip on his bat and it goes flying down the right-field line, only to be snared by a sure handed fan sitting behind the Cubs' dugout.Your browser does not support iframes.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return Home
Via Bob's Blitz
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Fan Is The Real Batman

This Chicaco Cubs fan plucked John Baker's flying bat right out of midair.
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs to Let Position Players Pitch Their Remaining Games

Following the Cubs extra-inning victory Tuesday night in which position player John Baker earned the win pitching in relief – coupled with the knowledge that the rest of the season is out of reach – Cubs manager Rick Renteria has decided to let backup player pitch the remaining innings of the 2014 season. “It’s a blowout,” said Renteria, in reference to the Cubs season...
Via Sports Pickle
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

DFP: What A Dumb Game

Did The Cubs Win? Good Lord, where to begin? It was the longest game in team history, at nearly six and a half hours. Travis Wood pinch hit in the 4th inning. His fly out was followed by an Emilio Bonifacio homer, after which neither team scored for the next 12 innings. Jake Arrieta pinch hit in the 13th so the Cubs could save John Baker in case they needed to use him on the mound...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Catcher John Baker Pitches, Scores Winning Run In Wild Win (Video)

When John Baker showed up at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, his expectations probably weren’t too high. After all, the Cubs backup catcher had appeared in just 47 games in 2014 and likely expected another night off as his Chicago Cubs took on the Colorado Rockies. Boy, was he wrong. Baker ended up playing a remarkably key role in the longest game in Cubs history, a 6-hour, 27-minute...
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

John Baker, Cubs backup catcher, scored the game winning run AND got the W after pitching the top of the 16th

John Baker, Chicago Cubs backup catcher, scored the game winning run AND got the win against the Colorado Rockies, 4-3, after pitching the top of the 16th. The longest game in Cubs history.Your browser does not support iframes.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return Home
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

John Baker: Cubs Hero, Cubs Legend

Last night, the Chicago Cubs made history, in more ways than one; and not by winning a simple game. Last night, John Baker became a Cubs hero, and a Cubs legend. The game started off as you would imagine an Edwin Jackson start to go. He gives the Colorado Rockies a three run lead in the first inning and leans on his offense to bail him out; which Emilio Bonifacio did by smacking...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies drop marathon against Cubs

Chi. Cubs 4, Colorado 3 When: 8:05 PM ET, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois Temperature: 75° Umpires: Home – Phil Cuzzi, 1B – Will Little, 2B – Gerry Davis, 3B – Greg Gibson Attendance: 28590 By SportsDirect Inc. Cubs 4, Rockies 3 (16): Catcher John Baker earned the victory on the mound and scored the winning run on Starlin Castro’s sacrifice...
Via Mile High Sports
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs’ John Baker Unleashes Epic Celebration After Drawing Walk (GIF)

After seeing John Baker’s celebration, it’s safe to say that walks aren’t celebrated nearly enough in the sport of baseball. Tensions ran high during Thursday afternoon’s Chicago Cubs-Cincinnati Reds matchup after Reds closer Arnoldis Chapman tossed consecutive pitches near the head of Nate Schierholtz, culminating in a benches-clearing incident in the ninth inning of a...
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs C John Baker Mocks Aroldis Chapman GIF

Posted to Brant Brown's GloveMany things led up to the bench clearing “brawl” between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon, but one thing that snuck under the rug was the hilarity that was John Baker’s BB celebration. Baker decided to celebrate his walk as emphatically as Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman celebrates getting a big out, or a small out, or a...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

John Baker shows up Aroldis Chapman with great celebration after walk (GIF)

If Aroldis Chapman vs. Nate Schierholtz was the prelude to the Reds-Cubs bench-clearing incident on Thursday, then John Baker’s walk celebration was certainly the star of the undercard. Baker worked a 2-out walk off Chapman in the top of the 9th inning and celebrated like he hit a walk-off home run. Baker did a big […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds-Cubs game delayed after benches clear

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Both benches and bullpens emptied in the middle of the ninth inning of Chicago's game against Cincinnati on Thursday after Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo apparently took exception to the Reds' inside pitches. Rizzo, who was hit by Homer Bailey's pitch in the first inning, seemed to have words with somebody in the Reds dugout and approached it while taking his...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Baker’s Books, Barney’s Leather, Buehrle’s Bullets & More

John Baker isn’t a cookie-cutter catcher in the mold of a Yogi Berra or a Crash Davis. He doesn’t read comic books or converse in cliches. The Chicago Cubs backstop is a deep thinker who sees parallels between pitchers and a character in American Psycho. Baker attended Cal Berkeley, but the foundation for his pitch-calling […]
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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