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Quick Hits: the New-Look Chicago Cubs
January 26th, 2015 at 12:04 PM
***VIDEO1*** · The Chicago Cubs have been one of the busiest teams in all of baseball this off-season. As it stands right now, 30% of the Cubs’ 40-man roster was not on the roster one year ago. · Depending on...

Bold Predictions: Injury Bug Will Bite the Cubs’ Rotation in 2015
January 26th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Heading into the 2015 season the Chicago Cubs’ rotation is the strongest aspect of their roster. Their defense is average, their offense has tremendous upside but much to prove, and their bullpen is solid, but the Cubs’ have a rotation that is four deep with guys coming off very strong...

Sunday Spotlight: Wrigley Rooftops to Sue Cubs… Again
January 25th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** 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...

Fan of the Week: Why the Cubs Should Get David Price
January 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** 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...

The Drive Home: Why Mike Olt Benefits Most from Fowler Trade
January 20th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs made a Splash by acquiring Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros and, hopefully, solving their leadoff problem yesterday. This move has all the potential to benefit the Cubs as a team but tonight we are driving home why it will also benefit 3B Mike Olt. Mike Olt...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Meet Dexter Fowler
January 20th, 2015 at 11:30 AM
***VIDEO1*** 1. Yesterday the Chicago Cubs acquired switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros in an attempt to satisfy their need for a legitimate leadoff hitter. If Fowler is able to reproduce the success he had in 2014 this trade will be remembered as a slam-dunk. .ave vs. LHP .327 .obp vs. LHP .419 .ave...

Bold Predictions: “We’re Going to Win the N.L. Central”
January 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This past weekend’s Cubs Convention was a huge success and the event gave fans an opportunity to become acquainted with the new-look Cubs but the biggest news of the weekend came out of, Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. When asked about his expectations for 2015 Rizzo responded with: “We're...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs Convention, Arbitration and Other Bullets
January 18th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** · This weekend marked the 30th annual Chicago Cubs convention in downtown Chicago and all indications, thus far, are that the weekend has been a total success. When introduced on Friday, Jon Lester and Joe Maddon received the biggest ovations from Cubs’ fans present....

Down on the Farm: Speed up Rules to Be Implemented in 2015
January 17th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** One of the beautiful things about baseball is that there are no play clocks, no time limits and no rush. It’s game that can be played at a leisurely pace and allows the athletes to take their time… but not for much longer. Major League Baseball announced this...

Fan of the Week: Prepare for One Heck of a Season
January 16th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It’s been a busy week in professional baseball between a number of big trades and a few minor signings, including Felix Doubront’s extension. But here we are and it’s finally Friday, which means it’s time for our Fan of the Week. This week’s Fan of the Week is Karl Schosek....

Chicago Cubs‘ Bullets: Denorfia, Montero & Cubs Convention 2015
January 15th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** · This week the Chicago Cubs officially came to terms with, free agent outfielder, Chris Denorfia. Denorfia will make $2.6 million for just one year and will serve as the Cubs’ fourth outfielder and serve as a platoon for, lefty, Chris Coghlan. · ...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Old Dogs & New Kids
January 12th, 2015 at 5:15 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The Chicago Cubs have been the subject of some criticism for signing, 37-year-old catcher, David Ross to a two-year, $5 million dollar contract. From the 2015 free-agent class, there are actually five players older than David Ross who inked new deals/received extensions. Player Age Team LaTroy Hawkins 42 Colorado Rockies Koji Uehara 39 Boston Red Sox Torii Hunter 39 Minnesota...

Bold Predictions: 2015 Will Be David Ross’ Year
January 12th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** When the Chicago Cubs signed C David Ross on December 23rd there were concerns about giving a 37-year-old, backup catcher $5 million over two years, especially after back-to-back season in which he hit below .220. Ross’ primary purpose on the team, obviously, isn’t to be an offensive juggernaut, but...

Sunday Spotlight: Jon Lester Remains Lone Domino to Fall
January 11th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Going into the off-season it was very clear that Jon Lester would be the first big name pitcher to sign so it was no surprise that none of the available frontline starters were snatched up right away. On December 15, 2014 Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs finalized a...

VIDEO: Walking Tour of Wrigley Field Construction
January 10th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** On Wednesday I went out in the -18 degree windchill to get an up close look at the Wrigley Field renovations. This short walking tour will give you a look at what's going on out beyond leftfield and down the first base line. Below is the link to YouTube,...

Fan of the Week: Minor League Refresh
January 9th, 2015 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It’s been a frigid week in the Windy City but once again we have made it to Friday, which means it’s time for our Fan of the Week! This week’s Fan of the Week is Beverly VanWormer. Beverly has been one of our most active readers on Facebook...

Bold Predictions: Wrigley Field Bleachers Won’t Be Ready for Opening Day
January 5th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** A few weeks ago we published an article outlining the concern by Crane Kenny, the Chicago Cubs’ president of business operations, that the Wrigley Field bleachers may not be ready for opening day. After having seen the construction up close and personal, and taking in to account that winter...

The Chicago Cubs’ Off-Season Grade 2.0
January 4th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** With all the additions that the Chicago Cubs have made this off-season they look to be in a pretty solid position to compete for a play-off berth in 2015 and beyond. Since our last grade, the Chicago Cubs have made a plethora of moves that will impact the team...

Down on the Farm: the Cubs’ Rookie Trio for 2015
January 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs saw a huge influx of rookies on their roster in 2014 and that trend looks to continue in 2015 as they continue to progress with their rebuilding plan. Even after the promotions of Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara last summer the Cubs still have an...

Fan of the Week: Looking Forward to 2015
January 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The off-season is still young and already we have so much to look forward to in the 2015 season. This week’s Fan of the Week, Gary Vaughn, put it simply his paragraph of airtime when he said: “I hope the Cubs have a great season this upcoming year. Plan...