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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...

Fan of the Week: 2014 Struggles Will Enable 2015 Success
February 13th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** We have made it through another week and the weekend is upon us once again! This week's Fan of the Week comes to us from our pack of twitter followers and has been our most engaged reader over the past few weeks. Congratulations to Scott Griffith (@illini_dad) for...

Bold Predictions: Miguel Montero Makes the All-Star Team
February 9th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Miguel Montero made the National League all-star team in 2014 but his season stats were skewed by a dreadful second half performance. Playing in Chicago should help Montero maintain a high level of performance because of the roster's projected depth and because of the presence of David Ross, who...

Sunday Spotlight: Former Cubs’ Skipper Wants Another Shot
February 8th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have had six different managers since Dusty Baker left the team after the 2006 season and Lou Piniella was able to coach to team to a record above .500. Dusty Baker managed the Cubs from 2003-2006 and amassed 322 wins in addition to leading the team...

Fan of the Week: Turning the Page
February 6th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It may have been a good week, it may have been a tough week; either way it's Friday and that means that it is time for our Fan of the Week! There are a lot of different opinions floating around about the Wrigley Field Renovations and this week's Fan...

Mid-Week Debate: The Chicago Cubs’ have too Many Burnt Bridges
February 4th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are one of baseball’s most storied franchises and Wrigley Field had been home to some of the game’s most recognizable Icons, such as Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, ect. However, it seems in recent years like many of the players who served as the...

The Drive Home: Why Travis Wood Will Bounce Back in 2015
February 2nd, 2015 at 3:33 PM
***VIDEO1*** Travis Wood is the favorite to be the Chicago Cubs’ fifth starter this season but he will be on a very short leash because of his poor 2014 campaign and all the Cubs’ MLB-ready options. Travis Wood will bounce back in 2015, that is a fact, but before we...

Bold Predictions: Cubs Will Tear up the Base Paths in 2015
February 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs were not a big base stealing team in 2014 but with the roster changes that they have made this off-season 2015 could be a different story. The addition of Dexter Fowler and the prospect of having Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, and possibly Matt Szczur and Junior...

Sunday Spotlight: Kris Bryant Got Robbed on Top-100 List Ranking
February 1st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday we discussed the Chicago Cubs’ prospects that made MLB.com’s list of baseball’s top-100 prospects. Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ number one prospect, moved up one spot from last year’s rankings from number three to number two overall, however despite being ranked as the second best prospect in baseball, Bryant...

Down on the Farm: Chicago Cubs’ Prospects Pepper the Top-100 List
January 31st, 2015 at 4:46 AM
***VIDEO1*** All week MLB.com has been putting out their lists of the top-10 prospects by position and last night they came out with the, much anticipated, top-100 overall. The list was originally presented live on MLB Network. The Chicago Cubs were recently voted the top minor league system in...

Fan of the Week: South Bend Connection
January 30th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
(Photo credit to Rikk Carlson) We have reached the end of another week and it is now time, once again, for our Fan of the Week! This week’s Fan of the Week come to us from our Twitter following and may be the most excited person for the 2015 season;...