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Sunday Spotlight: Fister a Good Fit for Cubs
November 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Since the MLB season came to a close the Chicago Cubs have been linked to a number of frontline starting pitchers; Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, James Shields, Cole Hamels and Jordan Zimmerman. All of these options, while feasible, will be outrageously expensive and very much in contrast with the philosophy...

Down on the Farm: Edwards Moves One Step Closer
November 22nd, 2014 at 10:39 AM
***PHOTO1*** CJ Edwards, the Chicago Cubs’ top pitching prospect, moved one step closer to making his big league dream a reality on Thursday when the club added him to the 40-man roster. As a member of the Cubs’ 40-man roster, Edwards will receive protection in next month’s rule-5 draft and will...

Fan of the Week: Off-Season Goals
November 21st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It is Friday once again, and that means it is time for our Fan of the Week. This week’s Fan of the Week is long-time reader Kelby Phillips. Kelby has been an active contributor in our Facebook discussions, and he now has the chance to have his voice heard on...

Bold Predictions: Chicago Cubs Will Trade Javier Baez Before Opening Day
November 17th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In the wake of yesterday’s trade with the Atlanta Braves that sent Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs, the mathematicians among us have realized a problem. The Chicago Cubs now have four young, quality middle-infielders in Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, and now La Stella. Something has to...

Sunday Spotlight: Arizona Fall League Wrap-up
November 16th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Arizona Fall League officially came to an end yesterday when the Salt River Rafters beat the Peoria Javelinas 14-7 in the AFL championship game. We gave an update on the Chicago Cubs’ prospects participating in the league about a month ago, but much has changed since then. The most...

Down on the Farm: Russell Passes Bryant on Latest Prospect Rankings
November 15th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant had one of the most prolific minor league seasons that we have seen in some time in 2014. He did it all; hitting .325, leading all MiLB hitters with 43 home runs, driving in 110 runs, and even stealing 15 bases. All of that culminated...

Fan of the Week: Playoff Bound
November 14th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Friday has found us once again and it’s now time for our Fan of the Week! This week’s Fan of the Week is Rowan Campbell. Rowan has been one of our most passionate followers over the past few weeks and has a love for the Chicago Cubs that is infectious....

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Post Season Awards
November 13th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Major league baseball has started to announce their postseason awards, and although none of the Chicago Cubs’ players have taken home any hardware this year, they've certainly won in the past. Award 2014 Winner Last Cubs’ Winner Cy Young Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Greg Maddux, 1992 MVP Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Sammy Sosa, 1998 Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom Geovany Soto, 2008 Manager of...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Money Ball
November 12th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Carlos Peña is the only Chicago Cubs’ player to record 100 walks in a season in the past decade. He walked 101 times in 2011, more than twice as many as the next closest Cub that year (Kosuke Fukudome, 46BB). 2. The Chicago Cubs have finished in the bottom...

MLB Whispers: Cubs in “Serious” Talks for Nats’ Zimmerman
November 12th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times and other sources, the Chicago Cubs are in “serious” talks with the Washington Nationals about starting pitcher,Jordan Zimmerman. Talks are still in the preliminary stages, but it is believed that the Nats want a package including one of the Cubs' young middle-infielders...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Making Deals
November 10th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. In their 125+ year history, the Chicago Cubs’ most frequent trade partner has been the St. Louis Cardinals. The two teams have struck 74 deals since 1883. The last trade between the two teams took place back on July 4th, 2007 when the Cardinals sent 1B John Nelson to...

Bold Predictions: Javier Baez Will Hit 30 Home Runs
November 10th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez proved to be one of the most dichotomous figures in Chicago this past summer, driving fans wild with his longball potential and pushing them to the brink with his strikeout totals. Who knows when it will all finally click for Javy, but his power is truly impressive. If...

Sunday Spotlight: New Pace of Game Rules
November 9th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This year in the Arizona Fall League, the MLB has begun to seriously experiment with a number of things to help speed up the game. MLB officials are afraid that baseball’s popularity is being hurt due to the length of games, which has reached an average of about three hours....

Down on the Farm: Bryant is a True Pro
November 8th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The chemistry element of baseball is often overlooked because of the sports individualized nature. Believe it or not, though, the way that players get along has a huge impact on how well a team performs. That’s why Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have made a conscious effort to add quality...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Foreign Imports
November 4th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. It appears that the number of Japanese imports has slowed in major league baseball in recent years, but the Chicago Cubs have had their fair share over the past few seasons. Here is how they faired during their time in Chicago, ranked by WAR. Player WAR Years with CHC Kosuke Fukudome 5.1 2008-2011 Tsuyoshi Wada 1.6 2013 Hisanori Takahashi 0.0 2013 So...

Bold Predictions: Kris Bryant Will Hit 25 Big League HRs
November 3rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Regardless of whom the Chicago Cubs bring in this off-season, the story of 2015 will be Kris Bryant. Cubs fans have been waiting to see this kid at Wrigley Field since the team selected him second overall in the 2013 amateur draft. The way that he has destroyed minor league...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Studs, Past & Present
November 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Jake Arrieta led the Chicago Cubs in WAR in 2014 with 5.6. The Cubs’ haven’t had a player lead the team in WAR in consecutive seasons since Sammy Sosa in 1998-2002. 2. Former Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano holds the franchise record for most consecutive opening day starts with...

Sunday Spotlight: FA Starters’ Stock up, Stock Down
November 2nd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Now that the playoffs are officially over, we can shift our focus to the off-season. The Chicago Cubs have already made a few moves within the organization, such as dealing with Kyuji Fujikawa and Jacob Turner’s club options, but the real impact will be felt when free agency begins on...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: the Draft
November 1st, 2014 at 12:05 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Since 2002, the Chicago Cubs have had 19 first round draft picks, 6 of which have been in the top 10. The Cumulative MLB WAR of those 19 draft picks is 22.7. Excluding Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, Pierce Johnson, and Paul Blackburn (they are still developing...

Fan of the Week: Perpetual Hope
October 31st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 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. ...