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Cub Fan Friday: Fan of the Week

September 19th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

It’s finally Friday and that means its time for our Fan of the Week! This week’s Fan of the Week is Dominic Pawlowski. Here’s what he has to say in his paragraph of airtime:

The 1992 Chicago Cubs were my dream team and had an incredible roster but they still couldn't get it done. Players like Sandberg, Grace, Dunston, Dawson, Maddux and Sosa were all part of the roster. This team reminds me a lot of what we have currently because of the issues we have with pitching. If the '92 Cubs roster could of had a few more pitching pieces, I believe they could have been the ones to give us what we've all been dreaming about…a World Series Championship! Here’s to Theo adding the pieces we're missing, the talented young bunch we have and finally getting it done. NEXT YEAR IS OUR YEAR!!

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Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 19th

September 19th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

1. It was announced yesterday that, Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo has won the 2014 Branch Rickey Award. The Branch Rickey Award “honors individuals in baseball who contribute unselfishly to their communities and who are strong role models for young people”1. At 25 years old, Rizzo is the youngest player to ever win the award and will be inducted into the Baseball Humanitarians Hall of Fame this fall.

2. Chicago Cubs’ third baseman, Luis Valbuena went 2-5 hitting in the three-hole in last night’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Valbuena is hitting .249 on the year but, according to ESPN.com, he is hitting .333 when he bats third in the lineup.

*1, cited from Carrie Muskat’s article on cubs.com

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BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Cubs Replace Boise as a- Affiliate

September 19th, 2014 at 11:04 AM
By Tim Duxbury

BREAKING NEWS: According to bleedcubbieblue.com and Steve Mims, the Chicago Cubs have officially parted ways with their A- affiliate, the Boise Hawks, after 14 years. The Cubs have signed a two-year deal with the Eugene Emeralds, who the organization was partnered with back in 1999 & 2000. The Colorado Rockies organization will be moving into Boise.

As stated in an earlier article, the reason for leaving Boise was based, largely, on the poor facilities. The Eugene emeralds have a beautiful complex that is just four years old and sits right next to the University of Oregon football stadium and should help promote the Cubs' brand in the Northwest.

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Tonight’s Pitching Match-up: Jackson Vs. Kershaw

September 19th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

Tonight Edwin Jackson will face Clayton Kershaw in game two of the Chicago Cubs’ three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the surface, it looks like a lopsided battle, with Jackson in the midst of the worst season of his career and making his first start in nearly a month, going up against the best pitcher in baseball, but it’s not as bad as you might think.

Pitcher vs. …

Games

W-L

ERA

WHIP

Jackson vs. LAD

7

4-2

3.40

1.311

Kershaw vs. CHC

5

3-2

1.60

1.069

(Stats per baseball-reference.com)

Additionally, in Kershaw’s only career start at Wrigley Field he picked up the loss. That being said, the odds are still in Kershaw’s favor to win the duel but it’s hard to beat a guy who is on the verge of leading the league in ERA for the fourth consecutive year.

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Cubs’ Prospect Schwarber Wants to Catch in the Big Leagues

September 18th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Kyle Schwarber believes he has what it takes to be a big league catcher. Schwarber, the Cubs’ first round pick in this summer’s amateur draft, had a dominant summer at the plate and advanced through three levels of the Cubs’ minor league system.

Level

Games

.ave

.obp

HR

RBI

Boise (A-)

5

.600

.625

4

10

Kane County (A)

23

.361

.448

4

15

Daytona (A+)

44

.302

.393

10

28

Total

72

.344

.428

18

53

(stats per baseball-reference.com)

To this point in his career, Schwarber’s bat has carried him and will ultimately expedite his arrival to Chicago but the problem with moving through the system as fast as he has is that it has not allowed him to be an every day catcher.

Position

Games

Fielding %

Caught Stealing %

Catcher

20

.981

34%

Leftfield

36

.985

-

Designated Hitter

16

-

-

(stats per baseball-reference.com)

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