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Quick Facts: Kris Bryant’s Power Surge
March 25th, 2015 at 4:32 PM
Kris Bryant has continued to hit home runs a such a prodigious pace this Spring Training that often times writers need begin their posts with a disclaimer informing fans that it is a new post about another home run and is not to be confused with an earlier publication. At...

Bold Predictions: Kris Bryant Will Be Better than Bryce Harper
March 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Back in 2012 baseball believed that it was about to witness the second coming, greatness unlike anyone seen before, baseball’s version of LeBron James, when Bryce Harper made his MLB debut. The hype surrounding the 19-year-old was overwhelming and unbelievable. Harper made the all-star team and won the National League...

Sunday Spotlight: Epstein, Maddon Face Tough Decision on Opening Day LHP’s
March 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs entered Spring Training with position battles all over the diamond that were sure to capture our attention and most have been up to snuff; however, the team’s left-handed reliever competition was not thought to be one of those. The Cubs’ obviously have a need to fill in...

Down on the Farm: Cubs’ Young Arms Prove Worth in Short Stints in MLB Camp
March 21st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Most of the Chicago Cubs’ top pitching prospects have been sent back to the minor league half of the team’s Spring Training complex in Mesa, Arizona but don’t think that they didn’t make their mark at big league camp. Pitcher Games IP ERA WHIP .oba CJ Edwards 2 3.0 0.00 0.67 .182 Pierce Johnson 2 4.0 0.00 1.00 .091 (Stats per Cubs.com) Both CJ Edwards and Pierce Johnson were sent...

UPDATE: Wrigley Field Renovations Showing Progress
March 19th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
The Wrigley Field bleachers are still along way away from being completed but we are finally at the point in the project where real progress can be seen! I took a walk around the ballpark and took a few shots of the new construction since our last update. The first...

Bold Predictions: Kris Bryant Makes Opening Day Roster
March 16th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant’s status within the Chicago Cubs organization has been one of the most hotly contested topics of the off-season and has even gained the attention of the MLB player’s union. Kris Bryant, himself, has stoked the fire with his unbelievable performance during the first two weeks of Spring...

Sunday Spotlight: the Future is Here
March 15th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ now have 13 Spring Training games (counting split squads as two) under their belt and one thing has become very clear; the future is here. This notion is not particularly ground breaking, seeing as how it has served as an unofficial mantra for the organization since...

Bold Predictions: Sleeper Pick to Make Cubs’ Opening Day Roster
March 9th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Cactus League play is less than a week old and it is already evident that the Chicago Cubs have plenty of competitions going on this Spring Training. Before Opening Day Joe Maddon will have to figure out what he is going to do behind the plate, at third base...

Sunday Spotlight: “Cubs University” Would Be an NCAA Powerhouse
March 8th, 2015 at 11:29 AM
***PHOTO1*** This week, Chicago Cubs’ manager, Joe Maddon made reference to his team feeling like a college ball club saying, "It's like running almost an amateur group that's trying to become professionals”. But imagine for a minute if the Cubs actually put out a lineup of college-age players. It’s...

Fan of the Week: Looking Forward to Rizzo and Bryant
March 6th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It’s been another chilly week in Chicago but if you’re reading this it means that you have made it to the weekend once again! This week’s Fan of the Week comes to us from our pack of Twitter followers; congrats to Cassandra Adkins (@cazzcubeartglmv)!! Here is her paragraph of airtime: As...

Bold Predictions: Odd Men Out in Cubs’ Rotation
March 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Spring Training has only just begun for the Chicago Cubs but the debate over who will make the team’s starting rotation is already heating up. The top three spots are already locked up by Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, and Jason Hammel but the last two spots are completely up for...

Sunday Spotlight: Chicago Cubs’ Final Grade for The 2014/2015 Off-Season
March 1st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Now that the off-season is officially over and baseball season has begun it’s time to take one final look at how Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer did this winter. If nothing else, Theo and Jed have been incredibly busy over the past few months and have shown that they...

Down on the Farm: Breakout Prospects for 2015
February 28th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
The Chicago Cubs have one of baseball’s best minor league systems and should be pumping out quality major leaguers for years to come. We are all familiar with the prospects who made their debuts in 2014: Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks and Jorge Soler, and we know plenty...

Tom Ricketts: The Owner Cubs Fans Deserve
February 27th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Now that Spring Training 2015 is officially underway, today marks our first Fan of the Week of the 2015 season; Congratulations to Rick Farmer. Rick has submitted the most well-thought out and eloquently argued paragraphs that we have received thus far so without further delay, here are Rick’s thoughts: ***PHOTO1*** I...

Bold Predictions: One More Big Trade
February 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** With the rest of the Chicago Cubs’ roster set to report to Spring Training later this week the opportunity to make one last big trade is upon us. Despite all the moves that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made this off-season, there are still a number of moves that...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ Inexperience is Overplayed
February 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Heading into the 2015 season, the expectations that have been placed upon the Chicago Cubs could not be any higher. Much of the hype has been created by the Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s off-season additions; guys like Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, Dexter Fowler, and David Ross, but there...

Down on the Farm: Baseball America’s Prospect Rankings Favor Cubs
February 21st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
Earlier this month MLB.com came out with their list of baseball’s top-100 prospects and many of us were shocked to find that Kris Bryant, the reigning MiLB player of the year was ranked second behind Byron Buxton, the oft-injured centerfield prospect for the Minnesota Twins. Yesterday, though, Bryant and...

Fan of the Week: Looking Back on Legacy
February 20th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The weekend has found us once again on this frigid Friday in the windy city and that means it’s time for our Fan of the Week! This week’s Fan of the Week comes to us from our group of Twitter followers; congrats to Paul Dzien (@crawlyscubs)! Paul sent in one...

Bold Predictions: Homegrown Products Will Dominate Cubs’ Future
February 16th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox have proven in recent years that the key to building a contending team, year after year, is a strong minor league system. Having a system that is continuously pumping out major league talent allows teams to reload, as opposed to rebuild,...

Sunday Spotlight: Castro & Rizzo’s Expen$ive Future
February 15th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have never been known as big spenders when it comes to player salaries but we are entering a new age of Cubs baseball. In combination with baseball’s exponential salary growth, the Chicago Cubs have money to spend which led to the signing of Jon Lester to the...