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Ernie Banks public visitation, memorial service info

We’re very sad to be discussing the news that Ernie Banks has passed away. The sweet persona of Mr. Cub was indeed the genuine article. His public image that exuded kindness and good works was also exactly who he was on the inside. Here is a statement from Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts. “Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city...
Via The Sports Bank
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Visitation, memorial service set for Hall of Famer Banks

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs say a public visitation and memorial service for Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks will be held Friday and Saturday in the city. The visitation is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, with the memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church. Limited public seating will be available. Banks died Friday at 83 after a heart...
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Will the Cubs Thrive in 20-1-5?

Somewhere, I can hear the late great Ernie Banks giving his annual rally cry for his beloved Chicago Cubs. Every year, he spins a rhyme about the Cubs succeeding this season. This year, I can almost hear him saying “The Cubs are gonna thrive, in 20-1-5″. They were not always perfect, but come on… there are not many words that rhyme with 15, and even fewer that actually make...
Via World Series Dreaming
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Family attorney: Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died after a heart attack, an attorney representing the Hall of Famer's family said Sunday. With Banks' widow standing nearby at a news conference at a downtown hotel, Mark Bogen said Banks had the heart attack Friday in Chicago and died later that day. He did not provide any other details. "I want you to know that he was very beloved...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Remembering Ernie Banks

I can give you his numbers—Hall of Fame numbers—but they wouldn’t begin to describe the impact Ernie Banks had on the Chicago Cubs and the game of baseball. He seemed to touch everyone he came in contact with. Hitting closer to home, Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, might have been my inspiration for writing. It was a love affair that started in the early ‘60s when I was a young...
Via The Sports Post
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Do That Mr. Rob Manfred!

Rob Manfred should not ban the defensive shift. Too many negatives would result because of it. One day into the job, and the 10th Commissioner in the history of the MLB is making headlines with his latest idea to captivate casual and young fans to the sport of baseball. Rob Manfred said today that he is open to the idea banning of the defensive shift in order to open up the game...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack says family attorney

  An attorney representing the family of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks says the Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack. Mark Bogen spoke Sunday at a downtown hotel with Banks' widow, Liz. He said Banks suffered a heart attack on Friday, the same day he died. Bogen declined to elaborate. Banks' widow also declined to comment about her husband's death. Banks spent his...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Family attorney: Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack

CHICAGO (AP) An attorney for the family of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks says the Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack. Mark Bogen said at a news conference Sunday that Banks had a heart attack Friday and died later that day. Banks' widow, Liz Banks, attended the event but declined to comment about her husband's death. Banks death came just days before his 84th birthday...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Truly “Mr. Cub”; Ernie Banks dies at age 83

I’ve been a Cubs fan since birth, and sadly, being a Cubs fan has never really been about winning. Sure I still root for them every year, but I’ve grown weary of the “this is our year” mentality that tends to end in heartbreak. For me, being a Cubs fan has always been about my connection to the Cubs through my family. My dad is a Cubs fan, as was his dad who, like Ernie...
Via In The Neutral Zone
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Players Reflect On The Life Of Ernie Banks

Here is a look at the outpouring support from around the major leagues after the tragic passing of baseball great Ernie Banks. R.I.P Mr.Cub! “It’s a beautiful day for a ball game. Let’s play two” – Ernie Banks Cal Ripken Jr. “He was Mr. Cub and that spoke to both his play on the field and how beloved he was to the people of Chicago. Ernie was the first to make...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Night in the Wrigley Bleachers: Hard Hat Required

Sunday, April 5th is scheduled to be the primetime debut of the newly rebuilt Chicago Cubs’ roster. Fans have been salivating all winter, imagining what that evening might look like. Jon Lester on the bump against the hated St. Louis Cardinals. The savior, himself, Joe Maddon making an Easter Sunday appearance at the holy cathedral that is Wrigley Field. Well, fans’ visions...
Via Sports Mockery
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Remembering Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks

Your browser does not support iframes. The game has lost Ernie Banks, the most popular baseball figure ever in Chicago. Mr. Cub died Friday at age 83. “Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a release. “He was one of the greatest players of all...
Via Sports-Glory
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Nation Says Farewell to Mr. Cub

Ernie Banks’ career had just ended when I was born, so I never had the pleasure of seeing him play and I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but nevertheless he will always be the first player I think about when you say “Chicago Cubs.” Ernie transcended his accomplishments on the field and that was not an easy thing to do. He didn’t get into the Hall of Fame just by having...
Via Obstructed View
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rest in Peace Mr. Cub

  Last night, the world of baseball received tragic news. The greatest  player  in Chicago Cubs history Ernie Banks, passed away  at the age of 83. The news is barely 12 hours old, and I am still having a hard time accepting and believing that he is really gone. No one showed as much love for the game or the fans more than Ernie, and he will be missed. In the wake of the news...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Legend Ernie Banks Dies At 83

On Friday, January 23rd, it was announced from multiple sources and confirmed by the Chicago Cubs that Hall of Famer Ernie Banks had passed away. The face of the Chicago Cubs, Banks was someone who I grew up idolizing, but had never saw play. I’m a third generation of a family bloodline, who happen to be die hard Chicago Cubs fans.  Growing up, I worshiped a collection of Cubs...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs legend Ernie Banks passes away at age 83

Known as Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks has been a fixture with the Chicago Cubs since signing with them back in 1953. Banks spent his entire 19 year major league career with the Cubs finishing with a .274 average and 512 home runs while winning two MVP awards and earning entry into baseball’s Hall of Fame. “Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago...
Via Tireball.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ernie Banks 1931-2015: Chicago honors Mr. Cub

We’re very sad to pass on the news that Ernie Banks has passed away. I only met him a few times, but each and every time that I did he was just as nice and sweet as you’d imagine him to be. Mr. Cub was the genuine article. The public image that exuded kindness was exactly who he was on the inside. Here is a statement from Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts, released at 10:22 PM CST 1-23...
Via The Sports Bank
3 days ago  |  Discuss

BREAKING: Cubs Legend Ernie Banks Has Passed Away

It is a sad day for Chicago sports as one of its most beloved athletes has passed away. RIP: Cubs legend Ernie ‘Mr. Cub’ Banks dies at 83 http://t.co/rq6Zf0TnoC pic.twitter.com/Qaacv5BIbO — ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) January 24, 2015 “Mr. Cub”, as he was referred by over a half century worth of Cubs fans, was 83. Ernie Banks, though gone from the mortal world, is currently...
Via Sports Mockery
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks passes away

In an incredibly sad bit of news, former MLB player and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has passed away at the age of 83. The report comes from CBS Chicago, which referenced Banks’ family lawyer Mark Bogen in the sad piece of news. The announcement came Friday evening from Mark Bogen, who said he was authorized by Banks’ widow to confirm the news to the media. A news conference...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant: The Newly Anointed King of the Hot Corner? Not So Fast…

Many Cubs fans believe that the Chicago Cubs are FINALLY giving them what they want and handing the everyday third base duties to Kris Bryant with the trade of Luis Valbuena  and Dan Straily to Houston for Dexter Fowler earlier this week, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Dream Snatchers Gordon Wittenmyer, of the Chicago Sun-Times, quoted Jed Hoyer: “When we think Kris...
Via Sports Mockery
3 days ago  |  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...
Via Obstructed View
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Chicago Cubs

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Chicago Cubs. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Fowler is a game changer

Just when we thought the Chicago Cubs were done making significant additions this off-season, the team officially announced on Monday the acquisition of outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros for struggling minor league starting pitcher Dan Straily and the on-base juggernaut infielder Luis Valbuena. Before the trade, the Cubs were set to enter 2015 with unproven prospect...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs tickets and other shenanigans

After another exciting day educating America’s youth, I came home, did my work, then perused Cubs.com because I heard that tickets were already on sale.  I don’t think single game tickets are on sale yet, but it appears that the six-packs and a flex-pack are available. I checked out the Bobblehead Pack, which has the most Saturdays (so I don’t have to miss school days), and...
Via World Series Dreaming
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Minor League Affiliate Mocks ‘Deflate Gate,’ Trolls Boston

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Chicago Cubs’ brand new Class A-Advanced affiliate, decided to have a little fun at the expense of the “deflate gate” reports coming out of New England. After a New York Yankees minor league affiliate said “baseballs never deflate,” the Pelican decided to host a #DeflateCancer fundraiser to collect money for cancer research. They will be playing...
Via Sports Mockery
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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