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Happy Independence Day

Today, the day of our nation’s birth, I went with family to Mission San Juan Bautista here in California to learn about history and stuff.  Since we’re talking about history, this is also the day (almost to the hour now) last year when the Chicago Cubs made a hell of a trade to get Addison Russell, super prospect Billy McKinney.  Although they sent him over then for those two...
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Cubs Disappoint Fans With Richard Deal, Waiting For a Better Deal That May Not Come

Yesterday the Chicago Cubs made their first move of the season as they bought the contract of Clayton Richard from the Pittsburgh Pirates, he will start tonight in place of Donn Roach. This is a move that did not wow many fans, probably not any as Richard is not exactly a good pitcher; but he might be better than Roach who was demoted to make room for him. The 31 year old pitcher...
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Down on the Farm: Checking in on In-Season Promotions

As the middle of the season is upon us, and some of the all-star breaks have concluded, it is moving time for players who have performed well in the first half.  The Cubs’ system has seen a number of players promoted to new levels after their league’s all-star break and those players have had some time to get their feet wet at their next stop.  All of those players’ performances...
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A Cubs Milestone That May Have Escaped Us

And lo, on this final day of June, 2015, the Chicago Cubs earned their 40th victory of the season.  And we rejoiced, for our favorite team had been mired in a slump and had gotten schooled by the best team in the land (I know, it’s tough to admit, but it’s true).  Perhaps this win had something to do with magic, but I choose to think it was the other things manager Joe Maddon...
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South Bend Cubs: that (other) guy at shortstop

If you get a chance, #Cubs fans, go watch Torres play https://t.co/X9q813jKZX — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 28, 2015 In the US, 18 year old Gleyber Torres cannot buy alcohol (21), rent a car (25) or run for President (35). Here’s what he can do: Gleyber Torres (@TorresGleyber) flashes the leather in last night's All-Star Game. pic.twitter.com/GkKPvE7RVP — Mike Monaco...
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Cubs Ready to Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

   After a weekend sweep in St. Louis at the hands of the Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs had a day off to reflect on all that went wrong the last five games. Their offense has completely fallen asleep, scoring only six runs in their last five games, which resulted in their current five game losing streak. The Cubs had their off day to sit and ponder their future; a future which included...
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Cardinals Take the Cubs to School

Thank God today is an off day. The Chicago Cubs and their fans could use one after the series sweep at the hands, bats, arms and gloves of the St. Louis Cardinals. On the year, the Cubs are 2-7 against their biggest rival and are 11.5 games behind the redbirds who have a Major League best record of 51-24. After the series between the two clubs in May, I stated that watching this...
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Bad (Donn) Roach Problem

Today Donn Roach will make his second career start. He replaces Tsuyoshi Wada, who still has an ailing shoulder. It appears like this will be a spot start as Wada might be able to avoid a stint on the DL. The Cubs did not lose much in the all important bad name pun department with the swap, but the two pitchers’ style could not be more different. Neither pitcher is overpowering...
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Intense Series Bring Out the Overreactors

I love sports (breaking news, I know), I love baseball, and I love baseball fans. Sports fans are passionate beyond just about any other group of people in the world. When they are upset, they will let you know in as many words as they feel are needed, and tend to go on endless rants about anything that upsets or excites them. Fans of the Chicago Cubs are no different, they have...
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Intense Series Bring Out the Overreators 

I love sports (breaking news, I know), I love baseball, and I love baseball fans. Sports fans are passionate beyond just about any other group of people in the world. When they are upset, they will let you know in as many words as they feel are needed, and tend to go on endless rants about anything that upsets or excites them. Fans of the Chicago Cubs are no different, they have...
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Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, #UmpShow, and some Cubs Notes during Rice Cube’s Road Trip

After a day in Wyoming that I’d rather not have spent (it’s pretty, though, just mostly desolate wasteland–slight embellishment) and a couple more in Salt Lake City past what we’d originally planned, the RiceMobile finally got over its altitude sickness while lightening the RiceWallet, and we’ll be on our way back to the RiceHomeland of California Friday morning.  In the...
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South Bend Cubs: All Star Vacation (in Peoria)

As we discussed in an earlier blog post, five South Bend Cubs were selected for the Eastern Division team of the MWL All Star Game and I made my husband travel almost 8 hours total to attend the game with me. The Midwest League All Star Game took place at Dozer Park, the home of the Peoria Chiefs. 5,858 fans saw the Eastern Division defeat the Western Division 5-0. The Blackhawks...
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Adding at the Deadline Not as Simple as Just Making a Deal

As the Chicago Cubs reach the end of June and move ever closer to the non-waiver trade deadline, discussions about whether or not they should make a move to improve the team are growing stronger. There is no doubt that the Cubs are in serious need of another starting pitcher, preferably one who is seen as a top of the rotation starter who can push guys down in the order. Pitchers...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

These Cubs Man… WOOW

   These Chicago Cubs man, all I can say is wow. They continue to surprise me as the season goes on, they continue to win; even when the odds appear to be stacked against them. Going into the month of June, I saw a tough month. They were four games over .500 heading into the month, I saw June as a month that would test just how good this team was and if they could actually be a...
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South Bend Cubs: All Star edition

Going into the All Star Break the South Bend Cubs would prefer a better win-loss record but they certainly can’t complain about their attendance record thus far for the 2015 season. As of Sunday June 21st, the last day of the first half, 160,550 fans had attended South Bend Cubs games – up substantially from 2014’s 103,000. The baby Cubs have had 16 sellouts already this year...
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Ivy’s Roundup: You Wanna Series Win? YAAAAAAAS

The Cubs had a four game interleague series against the Cleveland Indians: two at home and two as visitors. One was postponed due to rain so they only played one at Wrigley Field and then traveled to Cleveland to play the other two. Here are the scores for that series: Cleveland Indians @ Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field 6/15: Postponed due to rain The makeup info for this game: The...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

South Bend Cubs: busy Father’s Day weekend at Four Winds Field

On Friday, June 19th, the South Bend Cubs set a new single game franchise record for attendance with 8.004 people. The baby Cubs are averaging 4,580 per game which is a 22% increase over last season. Unfortunately they lost that game 8-4 to the West Michigan Whitecaps. Pride at the Park at Four Winds Field   On Saturday, June 20th, two special events happened at Four Winds Field...
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Something Something Starlin Castro

Remember last night when Chicago Cubs fans were livid because Starlin Castro messed up early on in an eventual blowout (or, pretty much whenever he screws up even when he does something good earlier or later)?  Well, the fun thing about baseball is that there’s always room for atonement. Cubs Win!(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Take, for example, this defensive gem, where...
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Down on the Farm: Minor League Trade Candidates Helping Cubs Maximize Returns

As the season progresses to the end of June, it is starting to get close to trade season.  The Cubs figure to make a least a couple of moves, and will need to use their minor league surpluses to do so.  The substance of those moves could depend on the way rehab assignments go, as the AA Smokies are now carrying three major league rehab players. Notable Injuries: Logan Watkins ...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

What does the Kyle Schwarber promotion tell us about this year?

There is a lot of excitement around Chicago Cubs baseball. Another top prospect received the call a few days ago, and in his first start crushed “Major League” pitchers. There are lots of interesting ramifications of the temporary call up, but one theme has really stuck out to me. This tweet here sums up what I have seen variations of written in various forms by a lot of smart...
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South Bend Cubs: I went to see baseball and a hockey fight broke out

I have a confession to make. I almost didn’t go to last night’s South Bend Cubs game. A couple months ago, I signed up to work a summer school STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) camp for kindergarten through second graders and these kids are wearing me out! I wanted to stay home and watch Kyle Schwarber’s first start as a Chicago Cub and not spend a couple more hours...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs Can Learn From the Blackhawks

Over the past few years, Theo Epstein has been rebuilding the Chicago Cubs with the idea they were modeling themselves after the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Both are worthy franchises to model yourself after, as both have great farm systems with a lot of depth, who have captured the ultimate goal of having sustained success. However, there is one other team the Cubs...
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Tsuyoshi Wada: Certified Badass

Perhaps lost in tonight’s victory highlights was Chicago Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada‘s bullpen-saving performance against the Cleveland Indians.  Wada ate up seven mostly drama-free innings, throwing only 107 pitches, 69 for strikes (nice) and buoyed by the Cubs offense to keep pumping the zone early on in the game.  After the game…well, let’s let the Cubs beat guys tell...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Wednesday Night Cubs Highlight Reel

Tonight’s Chicago Cubs victory against the Cleveland Indians was full of highlights. We had milestones, like Kyle Schwarber‘s first hit and RBI (he finished with four hits and two runs batted in): There was defense, like this outfield assist by Chris Coghlan and this beauty by Addison Russell: There was, of course, plenty of offense, including this slump-buster by Anthony Rizzo...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts on Draft Strategy and Managing Risk

The draft is a few days old at this point, and we are still years away from knowing whether the draft was a success or not. A number of experts have had positive things to say about the Cubs and their approach, but many fans were disappointed by the strategy the Cubs employed. A lot of fans were upset that the Cubs were very conservative in their overall draft strategy. The Cubs...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss
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