Chicago Cubs: Six-man staff could help lessen staff workload

The Chicago Cubs could employ a six-man starting rotation this season, in an effort to keep both Brett Anderson and Mike Montgomery healthy all year long. The fact the Chicago Cubs like the idea of a six-man starting rotation isn’t a surprise to anyone. Reports surfaced as early as January regarding the team’s pitching plans, […] Chicago Cubs: Six-man staff could help lessen...
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Chicago Cubs: Former skipper Mike Quade involved in car accident

Former Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade was involved in a serious car accident in Florida this weekend, but escaped serious injury. Former Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade was involved in a serious multi-car accident in Florida Saturday, but managed to escape serious injury – something even he can’t believe. “I remember it was the most […] Chicago Cubs: Former skipper Mike...
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2 hours ago

How Indians regrouped and reloaded after losing unforgettable Game 7 to Cubs

MESA, Ariz. As Major League Baseball officials responded to an unbelievably timed rain delay, Cleveland president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti huddled in a
Via CSN Chicago
4 hours ago

Ian Happ soaking in big league camp with Chicago Cubs

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Everyone is a potential teacher for Ian Happ, from Ben Zobrist to Javier Baez to manager Joe Maddon and the coaching staff. There is no room for Happ on the Chicago Cubs at the moment, not with All-Stars all over the infield and established major leaguers in the outfield. But the 22-year-old second baseman, one of Chicago's top prospects, is trying to make the...
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Chicago Cubs: Six keys to the Cubs success in 2017

The expectations for the Chicago Cubs are there once again as they enter this season. The roster hasn’t changed all that much. And the goals of the individual players have had the bar raised. Understanding what the “keys” are to a team’s success–especially the Chicago Cubs–is a fluid situation. What those keys are now might […] Chicago Cubs: Six keys to the Cubs success...
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What if… Cubs GM Jed Hoyer’s takeaways from epic World Series Game 7

MESA, Ariz. Imagine the vibe here if the Cubs had lost Game 7, what Miguel Montero might have said to the media and how
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5 hours ago

Projected infield depth chart for the Chicago Cubs

Last week I examined the Chicago Cubs’ crowded outfield, where skipper Joe Maddon will have to find playing time for a wealth of talented sluggers. The infield from last year’s World Series squad looks mostly the same, but the retirement of catcher David Ross means that youngster Willson Contreras will take over the veteran’s duties behind the plate. The Cubs’ infield also...
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Cubs Practice: A Few More Highlights Plus a Look Ahead (VIDEOS)

Another practice game is out of the way, and since the regulars/MLBers only play half the game, they have time to go out and do good in the community, like Anthony Rizzo and Clark the Cub did yesterday: Depth piece Jake Buchanan had a pretty good start, generating a bunch of ground balls and generally peppering the zone against the Indians’ mostly-MLB lineup.  I couldn’t watch...
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Maddon plans to limit starters' workloads

Joe Maddon opened the door for criticism with his quick hook of starters and heavy reliance on closer Aroldis Chapman in the World Series. But by limiting the workload of Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey during the regular season, he gave the Cubs a huge edge against the Indians, who had only two of their top four starters at full strength.
6 hours ago

Maddon likes Heyward's tweaked approach

Jason Heyward is hitless in two games this spring, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes what he's seen.
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Watch: Javy Baez Makes Spectacular Play, Collects Base Knock

Another game, another spectacular play from Ednel Javier Baez. And how’d he follow it up? The post Watch: Javy Baez Makes Spectacular Play, Collects Base Knock appeared first on Cubs Insider.
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7 hours ago

Young looks to follow up strong DWL showing

Chesny Young wanted to learn about another country, do some exploring, maybe even surf this offseason, so he got a spot on a team in the Dominican Republic and stayed until the end of the playoffs. The experience was worth it.
8 hours ago

Cubs manager Joe Maddon misses his chance to guest-star in ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

A Cactus League media event got in the way of Joe Maddon's chance at making a cameo appearance in the TV show "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Via CSN Chicago
8 hours ago

Cubs Practice: Keep Them Salty

Saturday’s Cactus League split squad openers happened without incident, as everyone got their work in and generally stayed healthy.  While some of the results weren’t what one would call “productive,” it was still nice to see the ball come off the bat with a nice sound, especially for Jason Heyward.  The takeaway is that they’re all working on stuff this spring, and it...
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Watch: Chicago Cubs Post Video Tribute to the First Day of Spring Training

If you follow them on Twitter – which you can do right here – you’ll know that the Chicago Cubs social media team is one of the best in all of baseball. It looks like they’re stepping up their game this year, posting even more great videos that capture the look and feel of fun days in and around the ballpark. Well, they’re all fun but, you know. Check out their latest video...
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11 hours ago

Batting Kyle Schwarber Leadoff Does Add Runs…Sort Of

Lineup construction is overrated, but don’t tell me that when I’m shifting my OOTP (that’s Out of the Park, a baseball simulation, for the uninitiated) lineup around. Therein lies the misconception about batting orders: small changes are believed to yield dramatic run improvements. In reality, they probably don’t. Joe Maddon is going to bat Kyle Schwarber leadoff, which presumably...
Via Cubs Insider
12 hours ago

Willson Contreras to take on larger role for the Chicago Cubs in 2017

Willson Contreras came in with a bang in his first Major League at-bat last June. The new up-and-coming catcher hit a home run in his first time at the plate in the big leagues, living up to the hype surrounding him as a prospect in the Chicago Cubs system. After coming up to the major leagues in June, Contreras played regularly for the Cubs in the second half of the season and throughout...
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Javy Baez got a big new tattoo to celebrate the Cubs’ title

Javy Baez was a huge part of the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series title since 1908. The infielder showed off his tremendous abilities at the plate, defensively, and on the basepaths during the Cubs’ championship run.Baez’s highly entertaining game comes with a lot of flair, and that’s a pretty good representation of how he is off the field as well.The 24-year-old...
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Signs of Spring As Cubs Get Ready For the Field

It’s been a busy time at school, which is all the more annoying given that we run a Chicago Cubs blog and the Cubs are about to start their exhibition slate.  So, you will have to forgive us if we don’t automatically talk about every transaction as it is tweeted by the horde of beat reporters.  That doesn’t mean we’re not paying attention to things like, for example, Pedro...
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Strop agrees to $11.85 million, 2-year contract with Cubs

MESA, Ariz. (AP) The Chicago Cubs and reliever Pedro Strop have agreed to an $11.85 million, two-year contract that includes a club option for 2019. The deal announced Friday supersedes a $5.5 million, one-year agreement from earlier this month. Strop went 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA in 54 appearances last year, helping Chicago win the World Series for the first time since 1908. Strop...
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Wade Davis takes over as closer for the Chicago Cubs

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Wade Davis was a promising starting pitcher when he made his major league debut for Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays almost eight years ago. Then he was a reliever, and then a starter again and then a reliever. Now he gets the ball from Maddon once again - only this time as the closer for the Chicago Cubs. Much has changed for Davis over the years, and not much...
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Justin Verlander prefers NL rules

The designated hitter has been around for more than 40 years. Still, it remains one of the more hotly debated topics in baseball. Responding to a question from Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer about what rules people would like to see changed, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander offered his two cents.  Verlander made two points here. One is hard to argue with. The other can be...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sosa compares himself to Jesus talking about PED accusations

Once one of the most feared sluggers in MLB, former Chicago Cubs star Sammy Sosa is an outsider these days.He was on the outside looking in when the Cubbies finally won the World Series last year, and his relationship with the franchise remains toxic. No jersey retirement for the man who hit 545 of his 609 career home runs while driving in 1,414 runs during his tenure with Chicago...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon shows off his tricked-out RV

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is living large.In an appearance on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel set to air Tuesday, Feb. 21, Maddon showed off the luxury RV he spends time in, which boasts no less than four TVs, one and a half bathrooms, and heated floors. Maddon’s RV is already the stuff of legend. It’s known as the “Cousin Eddie,” and it was the site of his very first...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

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