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Sunday Spotlight: Wrigley Rooftops to Sue Cubs… Again

January 25th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

The relationship between the Chicago Cubs and the Wrigley Field rooftop owners has been hostile, to say the least, over the years, especially since the announcement of the renovation to the bleachers, which may obscure the view from the seats across the street. According to the Chicago Tribune, the owners of the Sheffield Avenue rooftops, lead by Edward McCarthy, plan to sue the Chicago Cubs for blocking their view of the field and creating a price-fixing scheme.

The renovation of the Wrigley Field bleachers includes a number of new advertisements and a video board in leftfield, which may obstruct the view from the rooftops on both Waveland avenue and Sheffield avenue. In an attempt to solve the problem the Ricketts family has attempted to purchase a number of the rooftop establishments, including two buildings owned by George Loukas, according to bleedcubbieblue.com.

There does not appear to be a simple solution to appease both sides (the Ricketts family and the rooftop owners) now that the anatomy of the Wrigley Field bleachers is changing. The agreement in place involves the rooftop owners paying the Cubs a portion of their revenue in exchange for unobstructed views into the ballpark but since the views will/could now be obstructed, the rooftop owners feel that the contract has been breached.

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Down on the Farm: Schwarber and Vogelbach are Making a Name for Themselves

January 24th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

For the past year or so, whenever anyone has mentioned the Chicago Cubs’ farm system the names that came to mind were Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara. Now that that entire group is either in the major leagues or knocking at the door, the next group of Cubs’ prospects has been able to make its way to the forefront of the conversation. This week, MLB.com began putting out its annual “Top 10 Prospects to Watch, by position” and C Kyle Schwarber and 1B Dan Vogelbach are mentioned among the best.

Kyle Schwarber, 21, burst on to the scene last summer after being selected fourth overall by the Cubs in the June Amateur Draft. Schwarber slugged over .600 across three levels of the Cubs’ minor league system and has set himself up to make his big league debut in late 2015 or 2016. According to MLB.com Schwarber is the third best catching prospect in all of baseball behind Blake Swihart (Boston Red Sox) and Jorge Alfaro (Texas Rangers). Despite Theo Epstein’s comments about committing to Schwarber as a catcher, few believe that it will ultimately be his position in the big leagues, but if there was ever a team that he could catch for, it would be the Cubs. Chicago has so much young talent all over the diamond and the only real vacancy at this point appears to be behind the plate. Because of that you can bet that the organization will give Schwarber every opportunity to succeed as a catcher.

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BREAKING NEWS: Mr. Cub Has Passed Away

January 23rd, 2015 at 10:08 PM
By Tim Duxbury

BREAKING NEWS: Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, has passed away according to CBS Chicago. A news conference is scheduled for tomorrow to make the official announcement. Banks was 83-years-old.

Ernie Banks played for the Chicago Cubs for his entire 19-year career and recorded 2583 hits and 512 home runs. Banks was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977 and has gone down as one of the greatest Cubs' players of all time. Ernie will be sorely missed by all of Cubs' nation.

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Fan of the Week: Why the Cubs Should Get David Price

January 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

Whether you have had a long week or a short week, it’s finally over! This week’s Fan of the Week is a special one for two reasons, 1) today marks the first time that one of our Twitter followers will receive the honor, and 2) he absolutely kill it in his paragraph of airtime. This week’s Fan of the Week is @siponthefluids and rather than just a paragraph, he has written an entire article on his own about why the Chicago Cubs should pursue David Price in 2016. Enjoy!

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BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Cubs and Dexter Fowler Avoid Arbitration

January 23rd, 2015 at 12:28 PM
By Tim Duxbury

BREAKING NEWS: According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs and, newly acquired CF, Dexter Fowler have agreed to a one-year deal in order to avoid arbitration. Fowler will make $9.5 million in 2015. He is still scheduled to be an unrestricted free-agent following this season.

Fowler was acquired by the Chicago Cubs earlier this week from the Houston Astros in exchange for RHP Dan Straily and 3B Luis Valbuena. Fowler's primary function on the 2015 Cubs will be to serve as the leadoff hitter, as well as provide veteran leadership in a very young outfield.

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