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Fan of the Week: Perpetual Hope

October 31st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

It’s Finally Friday again and that means it’s time for our Fan of the Week! This week’s Fan of the Week is Jeff Weggen! Jeff was our biggest supporter this week as he made the most significant contribution to our ongoing efforts to grow our fan base. Here is Jeff’s paragraph of airtime:

My Dad passed suddenly passed away on 12-12-12. He was a lifelong die-hard Cubs fan. One of the last conversations I remember having with him was about the direction the Cubs were under in year one of the Theo plan. I told him to be patient, the Cubs were headed in the right direction and that it was going to take some time. He told me, "I'm not going to live forever. I want to see them win now." I think of that conversation often, every time a Cubs game is on or every time Theo & Jed make a transaction. My message is this. Be patient Cubs fans, the future has never been brighter! Love the [probable] Maddon signing. We need to add a few veteran pieces to the puzzle and some of these kids need time to develop, and I'm hoping my beloved Cubbies have a magical ride much like KC enjoyed this year. Go Cubs Go! It's gonna happen. #Believe

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Chicago Cubs to Part Ways with Fujikawa

October 31st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

The Chicago Cubs announced yesterday that they will not pickup Kyuji Fujikawa’s $5.5 million option for the 2015 season. Fujikawa spent two years with the Cubs and was largely a disappointment.

Year

Games

ERA

Saves

WHIP

K/9

2013

12

5.25

2

1.083

10.5

2014

15

4.85

0

1.846

11.8

MLB Total

17

5.04

2

1.480

11.2

JPN Total (12 yr.)

562

1.77

220

0.963

11.9

(Stats per baseball-reference.com)

Fujikawa was brought in with hopes that he take over the Cubs’ closer role but spent most of his two years in Chicago on the disabled list after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament early in 2013. Additionally, he was never able to reproduce the success he had during his 12-year career in Japan. Before coming to the states, Kyuji Fujikawa was one of Japan’s best relief pitchers, putting up Mariano Rivera-esk numbers year after year, but at it appears that he ran out of gas as he entered his mid-30’s.

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4 Reasons Why Ozzie Guillen Will Never Coach the Chicago Cubs

October 30th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

Last week, news broke tha, former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen would be interested in joining the Chicago Cubs’ coaching staff if they are able to sign Joe Maddon this off-season. Normally, it would be hard to turn away an experienced coach with a World Series title on his resume, but here are four reasons why Ozzie Guillen should never, ever, ever, ever coach for the Chicago Cubs.

1. He is a Media Nightmare

Wherever Ozzie goes, it seems like he is the center of attention. During his time in Chicago, more people watched his post-game press conferences than his team’s games (although that could be just a White Sox problem…). His ranting and raving grabbed headlines every week and, at times, were a real black eye for the Sox. However, his worst moment came in 2012 with the Miami Marlins when he made a comment about respecting Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

2. Ozzie was MLB’s “Least Respected Manager”

For many reasons, including those listed above, Ozzie Guillen was voted as the least respected manager in the MLB back in June of 2012. No joke. Men’s Journal surveyed 100 major leaguers and 36% named him as their least respected manager. Ozzie finished a whopping 24% ahead of the next coach (Bobby Valentine, 14%).

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Chicago Cubs Shake up the 40-Man Roster

October 30th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

Amidst all the rumors and speculation that surrounded the Joe Maddon Situation yesterday, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made some concrete moves with concern to the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster. Per CBS Chicago, The Cubs removed OF Ryan Kalish, RHP James McDonald, INF Chris Valaika and INF Josh Vitters from the 40-man roster. All four passed through waivers unclaimed and all but James McDonald accepted a spot on the Iowa Cubs (AAA) roster. James McDonald, who missed all of 2014 with an arm injury, opted for free agency.

Player

Games

.ave

.obp

HR

RBI

Kalish

57

.248

.295

0

5

McDonald

DNP

Valaika

44

.231

.282

3

13

Vitters*

112

.213

.268

11

38

*AAA stats, Vitters did not play in the MLB in 2014

(Stats per baseball-reference.com)

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Players for Maddon Beginning to Emerge

October 29th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

The Chicago Cubs toned down the Joe Maddon talks this week in an attempt to keep the baseball world’s focus on the World Series, but a bit of news emerged yesterday. Apparently, the teams interested in Maddon have begun to identify themselves; ten teams in total, according to Maddon’s agent.

The only team in baseball with a managerial opening is the Minnesota Twins, who parted ways with Ron Gardenhire after 13 years. They are considered one of the top destinations simply due to their vacancy. The Cubs, on the other hand, are still contractually bound to Rick Renteria, but few believe that it will stop the team from signing Maddon. Thus far, Renteria and everyone in his camp have been saying the right things when being asked about the potential signing of Joe Maddon. Renteria maintains that he is not thinking about his job security- rather, he is focused on the organization’s off-season plans and doing everything that he can to prepare for the 2015 season.

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