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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
9 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

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

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 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

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

Theo Hires Manny As Cubs Hitting Consultant

Jon Lester, David Ross, Kevin Youkilis—and now, Manny Ramirez! The Chicago Cubs announced today that they have hired Manny to be a major-league hitting consultant. Last week, it was reported that Youk was also hired by Theo Epstein as a part-time scouting and player development consultant. Be honest, whenever you think of Manny and Youk, you think: "Consltant". Anyway, Theo made...
Via FenwayNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs hire Manny Ramirez, Kevin Youkilis as consultants

The ties between the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox are almost too obvious to continue mentioning at this point.   The Cubs announced Tuesday they’ve hired former Red Sox sluggers Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis as consultants. Ramirez will serve as a hitting consultant, and Youkilis was hired as a scouting and player development consultant. The move is part of the Cubs...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

“Daily” Facepalm – Mocanda, Epstein, Wood Extension?

Yoan Mocanda ——-> Red Sox The Cuban defector goes to the Sox on a $30m deal. The Cubs continued to scout him despite being under the CBA signing limit penalty, hoping for the slim chance that he’d sign after July when their probation ends. The Red Sox burned their own signing bridges with the deal and are now due for the same penalty next year, as well as having to pay...
Via Obstructed View
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: next year is not here….yet

After successfully persuading Chicago Cubs fans to accept suffering in a self-imposed baseball purgatory the last few seasons, Theo Epstein has acknowledged that the team has indeed crawled its way out of the cellar and can finally see the mountaintop. Clearly the emotional cost of revamping the entire organization was not lost on the front office. Theo Epstein on building the...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Judge gives Cubs initial victory in rooftop lawsuit

The Chicago Cubs scored a preliminary victory on Thursday in the lawsuit filed last month by the owners of several of the rooftops looking into Wrigley Field.  As I explained at the time the suit was filed, the case is the latest in a series of legal proceedings challenging the on-going Wrigley Field renovations, and […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester fully embracing challenge of bring Cubs a title

Jon Lester is hoping for another Great Chicago Fire. That’s in the figurative sense, we think, as it’s unlikely the new Cubs left-hander actually wants to see a replication of the 1871 fire that killed 300 people. No, Lester instead is referring to what could be if he can help the Cubs do what he helped the Boston Red Sox do: win the World Series. CSN Chicago has an in-depth...
Via NESN.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Cubs Baseball is Coming

Pitchers and catchers report for the Cubs in three days. Based on tweets from Carrie Muskat, it looks like quite a few players are already in Mesa: Need a shot of spring? Lester, Wood, Motte, Arrieta doing drills. #Cubs pic.twitter.com/HjNf6DIqta — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 16, 2015 Bryant, Szczur, Lopez, Russell prep for BP. #Cubs pic.twitter.com/XWQMpcKx8l ...
Via Obstructed View
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon questions changing baseball's pace of play

New Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon spoke out recently regarding the debate currently occurring in baseball about how the pace of play needs to be improved to attract a bigger audience and stave off the dwindling numbers how follow the game. Maddon doesn’t appear to be a big fan of calls to speed-up the game,...Read More The post Joe Maddon questions motivation behind changing...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Ten takeaways from the MLB offseason so far

Much of what will take place from April to October is shaped by the events that occur during the offseason—leaving us with many reasons to be excited about what’s to come. And in case you missed any of the winter’s biggest moves, here are 10 takeaways from the MLB offseason so far... 1) Both Chicago teams seem to have bright futures ahead of them. The Cubs’ rise to respectability...
Via The Sports Daily
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Wrigley Field renovation causing massive rat problem

The opening phases of Wrigley Field’s renovation has not been without its troubles and controversy. There have been lawsuits and complaints and other assorted issues that have seemed to bog down significant progress. So much so, in fact, that the bleachers won’t even be ready in time for the Chicago Cubs’ home opener. Add to...Read More The post Wrigley Field renovation reportedly...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
January 29, 2015  |  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
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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