CHICAGO CUBS NEWS

Young Cubs look up to new hitting instructor Manny Ramirez

MESA, Arizona (AP) Growing up in Cuba, Jorge Soler had limited access to major league games on television. Only the best teams and the most famous players made the news on the communist island. Manny Ramirez was one of them. ''He's my favorite player,'' the 23-year-old Chicago Cubs outfielder said on Sunday. ''In Cuba, you always hear about the best players, no one else, and you...
Via AP on Fox
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Legend has Passed Away in Chicago

The “Cuban Comet”, Minnie Minoso, the first black major league baseball player to ever play in the City of Chicago, has passed away. Minnie Minoso — Mr. #WhiteSox — has died. Tears of sadness are falling for a great man. pic.twitter.com/zpi6WFuxH0 — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 1, 2015 While there are some disputes to in fact when Minoso was born, 1922 versus...
Via Sports Mockery
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Will Lester have a Personal Catcher?

When Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer signed David Ross to be the new backup catcher on Photo: Patrick Breen/The Arizona Republic the Chicago Cubs, everyone assumed that he wold be Jon Lester‘s personal catcher. That is what I assumed when he was still a free agent. I saw how well Lester pitched while Ross was behind the plate, and assumed the Cubs would sign him for that specific...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oh yeah? Project this!

Based on all kinds of projections, the Chicago Cubs are poised to at least make it to .500 in 2015 even if they fall short of the playoffs. Based on our Cubs fan hearts, the Cubs will fulfill the prophecy set forth by Back to the Future Part II. When we consider the Cubs of the past ten years, as Jeff Sullivan did for Fangraphs today, they have simply been bad save for a couple of...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Arrieta finds right formula for success

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Jake Arrieta approaches baseball different than most of those in the game. He carries a gallon of kale juice around the Chicago Cubs' spring training facility. He uses Pilates as a part of his offseason regimen. Chances are, his body percentage might be lower than his 2.53 ERA last year. So it's no wonder that Arrieta has hit it off with new Cubs manager Joe Maddon...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs Vs. a Decade of Projections

Earlier, I published a post including this graph: Of all the things that stand out, perhaps nothing stands out quite like the Cubs. Over the last 10 years, they’ve won 55 fewer games than they’ve been projected to win, and while there are some quibbles you can have with blending all the years and all […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor league team rolls out Christmas Vacation jerseys

We’ve taken a bit of a break from bringing you all of the ridiculous alternate jerseys that minor league teams will wear this season, but we felt the need to call attention to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (high-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) and their Christmas Vacation jerseys. Find out what these are for and more, in our promo schedule announcement #MBpelicans http://t.co/jCzbBzcIiS...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

NL Central Top 10 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training has arrived once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the NL Central’s top 10 prospects for 2015. 1. Kris Bryant 3B – Cubs: Bryant may just be the best prospect in the entire game, let alone the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Cubs Really Improve Enough to Make the Playoffs?

The Cubs won 73 games last year, which was the most the team had won since 2010 and a respectable improvement on the 66 wins from 2013. But 73 is still a long way from the playoffs. It took 88 wins to make it last year and looking back the last 25 years that is almost always what it takes (other than about a dozen odd exceptions). Yet many pundits are giving the Cubs a strong chance...
Via Cub Reporter
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Acting Like Scorned Lover in Spat with Sosa

The relationship between the Cubs and Sammy Sosa is strange and uncomfortable. Like a couple former lovers whose statuses continue to pop up on each other’s facebook feed. And the fans are the friends stuck in the middle being asked to choose sides. Cubs Shouldn’t Need an Apology The Cubs say they will welcome him back, but first he must apologize. Sosa says he wants to be...
Via Sports Mockery
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon's Arrival Signals Next Step in Chicago Cubs' Resurgence

The characters in that long-running Windy City disaster known as the Chicago Cubs’ World Series Disappointment are well known to all baseball...
Via Athlon Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

What if Steve Bartman Didn’t Reach for the Ball?

It was only a moment in time, but lives changed when Steve Bartman reached out for that souvenir. Bartman, along with many other fans, put his hands in the air for that fateful fly ball in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS at Wrigley Field as Moises Alou of the Chicago Cubs was positioning himself for the catch. Time seemed to stand still for a moment as the ball fell off of Bartman’s...
Via The Sports Post
3 days ago  |  Discuss

What the Addition of Manny Ramirez Means for Javy Baez

There is one reason why Manny Ramirez is in Mesa sporting a Chicago Cubs uniform. It’s all about Javier Baez. Sure, Ramirez has deep ties to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, and his stint in Iowa as a player/coach went well. But Manny’s top mission is to slow down the fastest bat in baseball. After his disastrous big league debut it’s easy to forget that Baez was struggling in Iowa...
Via Sports Mockery
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs open camp with justified optimism

It’s an early morning in Mesa, Arizona. The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the optimism in the air is… justified? Teams around the league are enjoying the honeymoon period of their seasons that is spring training. A 0-0 record can give even the worst of teams a sense of hope, but this year is different for fans of the Chicago Cubs. This year the Cubs have Joe Maddon...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ramirez says he's done playing, looks forward to coaching

MESA, Ariz. (AP) On his first day at spring training with the Chicago Cubs, Manny Ramirez was looking forward to his new job as hitting consultant. ''I'm very blessed they have confidence in me,'' Ramirez said Wednesday. Suspended by Major League Baseball in 2009 and 2011 for performance-enhancing drugs, Ramirez was hired last summer by Cubs president of baseball operations Theo...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Advice for the Free Agent: Some “No-nos” for Jon Lester.

Jon Lester set a Cubs record by signing the biggest free agent contract in franchise history. All Cubs fans are counting on him to hold up his end of the deal. Beyond pitching well, there are few other rules Lester should consider that will help him be a successful player on the North Side. No Hopping There have been too many “hoppers” that have played for the Cubs, and fans...
Via Sports Mockery
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Spring Training Pictures Will Definitely Make You Jealous

The Chicago Cubs are off and running with their Spring Training in preparation for this year’s championship… Well, championship depending on who you ask. Owned and operated by the Chicago Cubs, Sloan Park is the home for the 2015 Spring Training program in Mesa, Arizona. The weather has been fantastic and these pictures are sure to make any year-round Chicago fan jealous. From...
Via Sports Mockery
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Continuing Boston Red Sox Lineage

It was back in October of 2011 when the Chicago Cubs introduced Theo Epstein as the team’s new President of Baseball Operations. It is well documented that Epstein came to Chicago after his impressive run with the Boston Red Sox. As the General Manager of the Sox, he won two World Series Championships, help end the “Curse of the Bambino,” and arguably helped shape the Red Sox...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

VIEW: Kerry Wood Puts $3.6 Million Dollar Mansion on the Market

According to the Chicago Tribune, the former Chicago Cubs’ ace, Kerry Wood and his wife, have placed their $3.595 million dollar Lincoln Park mansion on the market. While they have not led on as to where Wood and his family would be relocating, one thing is for sure, it won’t be too far. Wood, now 37, played the majority of his 14-year career right here in Chicago and has since...
Via Sports Mockery
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Prospect Profile: C.J. Edwards

It is no secret that ever since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer arrived in Chicago, that the Chicago Cubs have been relentless in their efforts to obtain some of the best young offensive talents available.  Baseball America has Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler, and Kyle Schwarber all in their top 20.  Keith Law had Bryant and Soler as his top two impact prospects...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryant to Play the Outfield in Spring Training

The debate about what to do with Kris Bryant heated up again yesterday when Joe Maddon brought up his plans for the kid in Spring Training this year. Maddon says Bryant will be used at third and in outfield this spring. — Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) February 23, 2015 If you have been paying any attention since he was drafted, there have been plenty of rumblings that Bryant would...
Via World Series Dreaming
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Manny Being Manny Comes to Wrigley

Last season, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer thought that hiring Manny Ramirez to be a hitting coach for the Iowa Cubs would be a great idea, much to the chagrin to some fans of the Chicago Cubs. They did not want anything to do with the man who was covered in the filth of the steroid scandal. However, he had a lot of success with some of the younger players like Kris Bryant and Javier...
Via World Series Dreaming
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Baseball’s Top 5 Best and Worst Values in 2015

Recently Bleacher Report’s Joel Reuter did a feature on MLB’s ‘Moneyball’ Power Rankings, which shows the true dollar value of a player. This is a great list of projected value of a player, and really shows who is worth their salary and who definitely is not. For example, Mike Trout is the highest rated player in the Bleacher Report piece which was found by using Dan Szymborski’s...
Via Sports Mockery
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Starlin Castro a reluctant leader

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Starlin Castro thinks leading the Chicago Cubs should be a team effort. Castro doesn't turn 25 until March 20, yet he's already a three-time All-Star shortstop who draws the attention of the young Latin American players on the team. ''I'm not a real leader,'' Castro said Tuesday. ''I can help the young guys and I am still young, not a leader. We can be 25 guys leading...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Castro Goes to Camp

  Today is the day that Spring Training starts for real. Pitchers and Catchers arrived a week ago, and while some position players were already there, today is the day that they really need to show up. One of the most notable (though they all are) was Starlin Castro who was the focal point of the media upon his arrival. Castro was quick to tell us that his goal is to hit .300 hit...
Via World Series Dreaming
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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