There’s a New Smile in Town – Cubs sign Munenori Kawasaki

All you fans out in Wrigley bemoaning the departure of Jonathan Herrera to the Colorado Rockies can rest easy. He won’t be out there rubbing his hands on his batting helmet this year, but there’s a new smile in town. Munenori Kawasaki, Muni to his fans, has signed a minor league deal. It would be no […]
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Nobody asked, but Cubs' Jonathan Herrera takes curtain call anyway

Normally, when a player hits a home run late in the game to tie things up or put his team ahead, fans ask for a curtain call. The folks in the ballpark will also request a curtain call if a player just reached a milestone with a dinger. For Cubs infielder Jonathan Herrera, neither of these things were in play Sunday when he went deep, but, apparently out of the goodness of his heart...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Getting Closer to Cubs in October…

Once upon a time, Jeff Samardzija said that the Chicago Cubs’ offense was all feast or famine. Well, for the most part this weekend, they feasted. They feasted so much that Jonathan Herrera got to make a curtain call even though nobody asked for one: That was the capper on the Cubs’ scoring for the day, but on Derrek Lee‘s birthday, he got to watch a few more fireworks. ...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs at White Sox (8-16-15)

The Cubs go for 10 in a row today on the south side. Lineups Cubs CF Dexter Fowler LF Chris Denorfia DH Kris Bryant 1B Anthony Rizzo RF Jorge Soler SS Addison Russell 2B Starlin Castro C Miguel Montero 3B Jonathan Herrera P Dan Haren White Sox CF Adam Eaton DH Jose Abreu LF Melky Cabrera RF Avisail Garcia 1B Adam LaRoche SS Alexei Ramirez 2B Carlos Sanchez C Tyler Flowers 3B Tyler...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonathan Herrera has helmet decal issues vs Atlanta (Video)

Chicago Cubs second baseman Jonathan Herrera had an issue with the decal on his batting helmet during his second inning at-bat in Sunday's game against Atlanta. Herrera came to the plate for the first time in over a week with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the second. It was easily noticeable that the Cubs 'C' was placed on Herrera's helmet incorrectly, as it looked...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

DeGrom’s Frustration Boils Over

If nothing else, Jacob deGrom proved he’s mortal after all. The reigning rookie of the year lasted just 5.1 innings against the Cubs on Thursday and allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits, two walks and only struck out two. The loss snapped his streak of seven straight starts with at least 7.0 innings pitched and two or fewer earned runs allowed. It was the longest such...
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July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Herrera's bunt, blast leads Cubs over feeble Mets for sweep

NEW YORK (AP) Jonathan Herrera filled in neatly for Kris Bryant, driving in three runs with a squeeze bunt and homer that sent Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs past the feeble New York Mets 6-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep. Miguel Montero also homered as the Cubs beat the Mets for a team-record ninth time in a row, and finished 7-0 against them this season. Arrieta (8-5) pitched...
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July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

What About Javy?

This may change, of course, but re: one Javier Baez… And yes-Javier Baez is here. #Cubs #PCL #MiLB — Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) June 7, 2015 This is exciting news for everyone who currently hates Jonathan Herrera, and also a nice alternate to the still-getting-back-to-form Arismendy Alcantara.  As you may know from the schedule, the Chicago Cubs do have an off-day after today’s...
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June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

OOPS! Cubs Player Wears the Wrong Jersey

Either Chicago Cubs utility man, Jonathan Herrera gave his mom the weekend off from dressing him for Mother’s Day or he was out on Water Street in Milwaukee on Friday night. Either way, he trotted out Saturday wearing the wrong uniform. Welp, it’s happened again. — Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) May 10, 2015 Herrera wasn’t the first, nor will he...
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May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs score 4 times in 11th for 7-3 win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) Jonathan Herrera singled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning, and David Ross followed with a bases-loaded double that sent the Chicago Cubs to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Anthony Rizzo homered, doubled and started Chicago's winning rally with a single off Burke Badenhop (0-1) as the Reds' bullpen failed again. Herrera singled home...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Herrera, Szczur make Cubs' roster

CHICAGO (AP) Infielder Jonathan Herrera and outfielder Matt Szczur have made the opening-day roster for the Chicago Cubs. Herrera agreed to a minor league contract with Chicago in December, and then hit .300 in 22 spring games. Szczur, who made his major league debut with Chicago in August, hit .354 with five homers and nine RBIs in spring training. The Cubs also placed outfielder...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals (0-0) vs Chicago Cubs (0-0)

Baseball is back! I’m so glad that the Cubs opener is on a Sunday so I don’t have to burn a vacation day for my favorite holiday of the year. Today’s lineups: Cardinals 3B Carpenter RF Heyward LF Holliday SS Peralta 1B Adams C Molina 2B Wong CF Jay P Wainwright Cubs CF Fowler RF Soler 1B Rizzo SS Castro LF Coghlan 3B Olt C Ross P Lester 2B La Stella Team Overviews 2014...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Pre-Game Roster Check

It seems that my guesses for the roster over the weeks were pretty close to what’s actually happening now that more guys have been optioned, and the rotation has been announced: Lester Arrieta Hammel Wood Hendricks. In that order. EJax the long man — Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) April 4, 2015 There is the bench battle still to be fought, though: No word on final roster spots...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Bard Passes D'backs to "B" game Victory

The Diamondbacks parlayed four walks and three run-scoring singles into a five-run 9th inning, rallying to defeat the Cubs 5-1 in Cactus League "B" game action this morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. Kyle Hendricks got the start for the Cubs and was masterful, tossing five innings of one-hit shutout ball (55 pitches - 37 strikes, 7/5 GO/FO), allowing no walks, while striking out...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Barrel Scraping

We recently talked about storylines for the 2015 Chicago Cubs, and added a bit on the southpaw faction of the bullpen.  We only really focused on the 40-man roster though, and as you know, spring training has its fair share of non-roster invitees.   Another arm MT @jonmorosi: #Cubs close to signing reliever Pedro Feliciano to MiLB deal with big-league invite. MLB base salary of...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The 2015 Cubs (with ZIPS projections)

Position Player wOBA Pos Avg pwRC+ C Montero 0.304 0.305 100 1B Rizzo 0.367 0.328 112 2B Baez 0.319 0.298 107 SS Castro 0.33 0.297 111 3B Bryant 0.364 0.316 115 LF Coghlan 0.307 0.318 97 CF Fowler 0.345 0.32 108 RF Soler 0.335 0.316 106 - - - - - C2 Ross 0.277 0.259 107 IF La Stella 0.313 0.253 124 IF Alcantara 0.321 0.253 127 OF Denorfia 0.305 0.270 113 OF Sweeney 0.306 0.270 113...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Add Three More Minor League Free-Agents to the Fold

Baseball America reports the Cubs have signed three more minor league free-agents over the past few days, including veteran MLB catcher Taylor Teagarden, INF Chris Valaika, and RHP Andres Santiago. The trio join RHP Anthony Carter, RHP Fernando Cruz, OF Adron Chambers, and INF Jonathan Herrera, who were signed to minor league contracts earlier. All seven will likely receive an...
Via Cub Reporter
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

New Cubs Bench Coach, New Rumors

A couple of quick hits for everyone... - The Cubs have indeed hired former Cub and rumored backstabber Dave Martinez as their bench coach (not Davey Lopes if you're following Bruce Levine on twitter). That'll move Brandon Hyde to first base coach and newly hired Doug Dascenzo to outfield/baserunning coordinator. - The Cubs signed INF Jonathan Herrera to a minor league deal...he last...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Announce Roster Moves

As we get ready for open season on MLB free agents on Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox have announced two roster moves. Here’s the release: BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today announced the following roster moves: Infielder Carlos Rivero was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners. Infielder Jonathan Herrera was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket. Executive Vice President/General...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Outright Jonathan Herrera To PawSox; Mariners Claim Carlos Rivero Off Waivers

The Boston Red Sox made a couple of moves Monday and created some space on their 40-man roster. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced that the team outrighted infielder Jonathan Herrera to Triple-A Pawtucket. In addition, the Seattle Mariners claimed infielder Carlos Rivero off waivers. Herrera was traded to the Red Sox from the Colorado Rockies before the 2014 season...
November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Herrera Done for Season

The Red Sox continue to get the injury bug this season but this one isn't too big of a deal to say the least.
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Jonathan Herrera To Miss Rest Of 2014 Season With Elbow Injury

Jonathan Herrera will not be among the Boston Red Sox’s September call-ups. Herrera, who was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket at the beginning of July, will miss the remainder of the 2014 season because of surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow. Jonathan Herrera said that he will undergo season-ending surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow. Hoping to be ready to play winter...
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Recent Head Injuries Bring Attention to Hazards Faced by MLB Catchers

It has been a difficult spring for Oakland A’s catcher Derek Norris. The current leader among American League catchers in All-Star balloting is also the unofficial leader in hits received to the head from opposing batters this season. Norris’ most recent run-in with an opposing hitter’s backswing came on Sunday afternoon when Jonathan Herrera of the Boston Red Sox caught him...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-White Sox Live: Clay Buchholz Starts Series Opener Vs. Chicago

6:38 p.m.: Mike Carp, who was sidelined with a broken right foot, was activated from the disabled list before Monday’s game. Jonathan Herrera was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Carp might not see too much action right away, however. The White Sox are sending out three left-handed starters in the series. Monday’s starter, Scott Carroll, is the only right-hander scheduled to pitch...
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Carp Activated From DL; Jonathan Herrera Optioned To Pawtucket

BOSTON — Mike Carp is in. Jonathan Herrera is out. The Red Sox activated Carp from the 15-day disabled list before Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. Herrera was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in what manager John Farrell described as a difficult decision. “He’s done a lot of good things. He fits the role to a tee — the utility role. It was a difficult...
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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