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Travis Wood: Chicago Cubs potential “Loogy”

    Overshadowed by RH Edwin Jackson’s disastrous two-year stint in the Cubs’ rotation and albatross contract was the severe regression of LH starter Travis Wood this season. In his all-star campaign of 2013, Wood tossed 200 innings, allowing 163 hits and 66 walks.  Among the 79 qualifying starters, Wood ranked third in BABIP (batting average on balls in play) (.248...
Via The Sports Bank
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Is Manny Ramirez Heading to Chicago?

Could Manny Ramirez end up in a Chicago Cubs uniform in 2015? Possibly. Tuesday, team president Theo Epstein talked about the possibility and, well…didn’t exactly rule it out. “I want to see whether he wants to continue playing or not before I answer that question,” Epstein said of the 12-time All-Star. “We have a really nice relationship with Manny. He did an outstanding...
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5 little-known facts: The Steve Bartman incident (Infographic)

Here at Holdout Sports, we've been getting ready for the MLB postseason by revisiting some of the great moments in the recent past. However, our MLB playoff retrospective wouldn't be complete without revisiting one of the most infamous moments in MLB history: the Steve Bartman incident.In 2003, the Chicago Cubs appeared to be on their way to the World Series for the first...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Theo Epstein: Cubs can win NL Central title as soon as next year

  Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein made one thing clear. He sees no reason why his team can't compete for a division title next season. With the arrival of top prospects such as Jorge Soler and bounce-back seasons from shortstop Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs are ready to kick their rebuilding project into the next gear after finishing fifth...
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Epstein: Cubs aiming for postseason in 2015

The Cubs aren't yet ready to go all-in for the World Series, but believe they finally have a team that can battle for a postseason berth next year. "Overall, for the organization, I think 2015 will be a little bit different than the previous three seasons in that we now think we have the talent to compete," president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Tuesday...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Flashback: Steve Bartman infamous foul ball incident

Jason Whitney   It was Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS at Wrigley Field the Chicago Cubs were five outs away from reaching the World Series before one of the biggest catastrophes in playoff history took place. Cubs fan Steve Bartman reached for a foul ball – like any fan’s natural reaction would be, and interfered with […] Sports-Kings - The Kings of Sports Lists - Sports bloggers...
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Will Manny Be Next Cubs Asst. Hitting Coach?

(Photo By Minda Haas)Theo Epstein hasn't ruled in or out the possibility of Manny Ramirez becoming the next assistant hitting coach for the Cubs. After proving a positive influence on many of Chicago's young prospects, Manny's stock in the organization has risen dramatically. The Cubs will likely be relying on a slew of young prospects in 2015—in a similar way to how...
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Cubs Facing Same Prospect Conundrum As Sox

(Getty Images)Listen to Theo Esptein on his bevy of young prospects: "Not all of them will work out, but we like these players quite a bit and they have a chance to play together for a long time." Sound familiar? Maybe it's because it's virtually the same mantra we hear from Ben Cherington. Of course, the Red Sox gambled on their prospects a lot more than the Cubs...
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Infographic: Looking back at the infamous Steve Bartman incident

In a day that will live in infamy in Chicago Cubs lore, a bespectacled, headphones-wearing fan may have single-handedly became the living, physical, human embodiment of all the heartbreak, tragedy and ineptitude of the long-suffering MLB team known as “The Loveable Losers.” On Oct. 14, 2003, Steve Bartman, in an effort to snag a souvenir […] The post Infographic: Looking back...
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Epstein sees Cubs competing for division next year

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein made one thing clear. He sees no reason why his team can't compete for a division title next season. With the arrival of top prospects such as Jorge Soler and bounce-back seasons from shortstop Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs are ready to kick their rebuilding project into the next gear after...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago news: Cubs, White Sox go low in local TV ratings

The good news is that the ratings only can go up for the Cubs and White Sox. It is hard to imagine them getting much lower. For the most part, viewers tuned out both teams during their 73-89 seasons. According to Sports Business Daily, the Cubs and Sox ranked among the bottom 5 for the lowest ratings on local regional sports cable networks. The Sox were at 1.15 on Comcast SportsNet...
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Plus/Minus and Baez’s strikeout problem

You all remember Phil Rogers and his beautiful plus/minus system he developed? Well, it’s time to to put it to use. The other day I was reading the news and I read that the US had announced a successful airstrike against IS in which 15 militants, 4 tanks and 4 civilians were killed. That sounds like disastrous results to me, but who I am to question the wisdom of the United States...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Chicago Cubs Should Take a Serious Look at Ron Gardenhire

The Chicago Cubs front office has a plan. Rick Renteria is a part of that plan. His role, you ask? To fill the void in the dugout until a playoff run is imminent. It’s nothing against Renteria, but there’s no way he will be the guy Theo and Jed want guiding the North Siders into contention. Names will emerge, and the first legitimate candidate might just be their man. Ron Gardenhire...
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Cubs close out season with 5-2 win over Brewers

And as the 2014 season comes to a close for the Cubs, who better to be standing at the top of the Hero podium than the man who had been there so many times before. So that's it. Another season in the books. The Cubs exceeded my pre-season expectations by a decent margin, as I had them pegged at 95-plus losses from the outset. I'm very glad that they proved me wrong, and...
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Renovation work begins at Chicago's Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (AP) Hard hats have replaced baseball caps at historic Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs prepare to start a massive renovation project. On Monday, the historic ballpark began looking like a construction zone. Nothing was torn down, but chain-link fencing ringed most of the park and construction crews were at work. Cubs spokesman Julian Green says electrical wires were removed...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

For Cubs, transformation continues

CHICAGO (AP) The prized prospects started arriving this season and, the next time the gates open at Wrigley Field, fans will see a giant video board towering over the bleachers in left field. Yes, the Chicago Cubs are entering a new era. The long-awaited renovation is finally getting underway, a four-year project that will give the century-old ballpark a new look. The transformation...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs End of Season Awards

Despite their 5th straight losing season, 2014 should be considered a success. With the arrivals of some top prospects it is clear the Cubs have turned the corner on the rebuilding process. Dectractors will point to another Cubs losing season and how they have had other “top prospects” were busts, etc. History will never be on the side the Cubs but since June 1st after a 20...
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Chicago Cubs: Looking forward to next season

Sunday afternoon marked game number 162 for the Chicago Cubs, and the end of the 2014 season. The Cubs were able to finish the season better than they started as they took two out of three in Milwaukee to avoid another 90 loss season. This was the first time since 2010 that the Cubs have lost less than 90 games. Although the Cubs season may not have resulted in what the organization...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers end season with loss to Cubs

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Anthony Rizzo had a two-run homer among his three hits, and the young Chicago Cubs finished 2014 on a high note with a 5-2 victory Sunday over the Milwaukee Brewers. Rizzo went deep to center off Mike Fiers (6-5) in the first. He jogged home to score from third in a two-run sixth on Arismendy Alcantara's double just inside the first base line. Rizzo became the...
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Rizzo homers, Cubs finish by beating Brewers 5-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) Anthony Rizzo had a two-run homer among his three hits, and the young Chicago Cubs finished 2014 on a high note with a 5-2 victory Sunday over the Milwaukee Brewers. Rizzo went deep to center off Mike Fiers (6-5) in the first. He jogged home to score from third in a two-run sixth on Arismendy Alcantara's double just inside the first base line. Rizzo became the...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Cubs finish 73-89

By virtue of their victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in the season finale, the Chicago Cubs have finished with a record of 73-89.  They played about two games better than their Pythagorean expected record, scoring 614 runs while giving up 707.  They saw resurgent seasons from All-Stars Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro.  They got some bright spots from the rookies despite their...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Goodbye WGN

Today, the Chicago Cubs played their final game of the 2014 season. The end of an era. The end of the losing, we hope. The Future looks bright, and 2015 will be the start of change. Not only for the organization, with young and talented players coming up leading the charge, but also with Wrigley Field, and then there will also be a change of broadcasting rights. Today is the last...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Prospect Claimed Off Waivers

After several years of bouncing between Iowa and Chicago, Chris Rusin will finally be getting his chance to prove himself full time on a major league club. Unfortunately, it won’t be for the Cubs. Late Saturday evening, Gordon Wittenmyer reported the Colorado Rockies claimed the 27-year-old off waivers. Rusin, who has four career wins, was drafted in the 4th round of the 2009...
Via Sports Mockery
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Eric Jokisch makes first start

Last night marked the first career major league start for Chicago Cubs prospect Eric Jokisch. Jokisch is not one of the more known prospects of the Cubs, but he is one of the very few pitching prospects that has some potential to stick in the big leagues. Eric Jokisch will compete next season for a spot in the starting rotation. Jokisch has made appearances this season out of the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Trade That Altered Chicago White Sox History

CHICAGO, IL —  Is there a better change-of-scenery trade for two players than the Paul Konerko-Mike Cameron swap back in 1998? You will be hard pressed to find a trade more balanced than the one the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds stuck on Nov. 11, 1998, in which the White sent Cameron to Cincinnati in exchange for Konerko. Most experts and hardball enthusiasts insist...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss
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