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A Message to Everyone Who Doubts the Cubs’ New Hitting Coach
March 5th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** For everyone who has been hating on the Chicago Cubs’ new hitting coach, John Mallee, listen up. There are a million reasons under the sun to doubt a coach, but the fact that he was a mediocre player during his own career is asinine. A number of our readers were...

Is Theo Turning the Cubs into the Red Sox?
February 27th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Theo Epstein has been at the helm for the Chicago Cubs for three and half years now and it finally appears as though he is on the cusp of pushing his team over the top. But how did he do it? Theo Epstein has been very meticulous in...

The Chicago Cubs Coaching Staff Can Rake
February 26th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs (coaching) staff has gotten a lot of attention lately with the additions of, former all-stars, Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis but the Cubs actually have quite a few accomplished, former pro’s on their staff. Here is a look at the Chicago Cubs’ all-coach lineup: Coach Current Role Career Stats Kerry Wood...

Cubs to Implement Mental Skills Training: Importance of the Mental Side of the Baseball
February 26th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** For a long time baseball has neglected the mental side of the game and for a long time talented players have lost their careers to weak mental states. This week, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Joe Maddon will begin the implementation of the Chicago Cubs’ new mental skills program. The...

MLB NEWS: Youk and Manny to Be Part of 2015 Staff
February 24th, 2015 at 10:28 AM
***PHOTO1*** Announced this morning by Carrie Muskat and Bruce Levine, Kevin Youkilis and Manny Ramirez will serve as consultants to the Chicago Cubs in 2015. News broke last week that Kevin Youkilis would be joining the Cubs as a special assistant to the GM but we weren’t 100% sure about...

BREAKING NEWS: “Waving” Wendell Kim Has Passed Away
February 15th, 2015 at 10:15 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: Former Chicago Cubs' 3rd base coach, Wendell Kim has passed away at the age of 64, according to sfgate.com. The cause of death is not yet known at this time but Kim did suffer from early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Wendell Kim served as the Chicago Cubs 3rd base coach...

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...

Changing of the Guard: Joe Maddon Bullets
January 28th, 2015 at 10:35 AM
***PHOTO1*** 1. 2015 will be Joe Maddon’s first season with the Chicago Cubs. Despite the recent trend of managers struggling in their first season with the organization, managers with experience have proven to be very successful. Manager Year W-L Win% Rick Renteria 2014 73-89 .451 Dale Sveum 2012 61-101 .377 Mike Quade 2011 71-91 .438 Lou Piniella 2007 85-77 .539 Dusty Baker 2003 88-74 .543 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) While the Cubs floundered under Rick Renteria, Dale...

It is Time to Begin the Countdown to Spring Training 2015
January 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The winter is a great time of the year if you spend it in the right place but wherever you are, I bet you’re beginning to get antsy at the thought of spring training. The Chicago Cubs have had one heck of an off-season and Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer...

Former Cub Grudzielanek Joins KC Cougars
January 7th, 2015 at 12:21 PM
***PHOTO1*** According to milb.com, the Kane County Cougars have named Mark Grudzielanek their manager for the 2015 season. The Cougars severed ties with the Chicago Cubs organization earlier this off-season but the reigning Midwest League champions have come to terms with the former Cubs' second baseman. Grudzielanek has no...

Ozzie’s Still Looking for a Comeback
December 30th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Around the time that the Chicago Cubs signed Joe Maddon, former Chicago White Sox manager, Ozzie Guillen went public saying that he wouldn’t mind joining Maddon’s staff and the Chicago Cubs. However, after a few days passed and Joe Maddon assembled and solidified his coaching staff, with Guillen still...

Dempster is Just One of Many to Join the Front Office Post-Retirement
December 9th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Last week, former Chicago Cubs starting pitcher, Ryan Dempster announced that he was officially retiring from baseball and that he would be joining he Chicago Cubs front office. Many believe that his primary role for the time being will be court, free agent starter, Jon Lester, whom he played...

Sunday Spotlight: Impact of Martinez’s Addition to Cubs’ Staff
December 7th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs announced that they would be adding Dave Martinez to the team’s 2015 coaching staff as the bench coach. Martinez, 50, served as Joe Maddon’s bench coach for seven years with the Tampa Bay Rays and was originally viewed as Maddon’s successor after he left to join...

BREAKING NEWS: Joe Maddon Makes First Addition to Coaching Staff
November 22nd, 2014 at 3:20 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to Carrie Muskat, Joe Maddon has made his first addition to the Chicago Cubs’ coaching staff. It has been announced today that former Cubs’ catcher Henry Blanco will join the 2015 coaching staff as the quality assurance coach. Blanco, who played for the Cubs from 2005 to 2008,...

MLB to Investigate Cubs for Tampering
November 11th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The buzz about the Chicago Cubs’ signing of Joe Maddon appears to have finally died down, but the lull could be short lived. This weekend, major league baseball, at the request of the Tampa Bay Rays, launched an investigation into whether or not the Chicago Cubs complied with league rules...

Passing on Sandberg Finally Pays Off
November 7th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Now that everyone has had some time to digest the Chicago Cubs’ signing of Joe Maddon, some have turned to reflecting on how they came to this point. One of the most notable pages in the Cubs’ recent managerial history is when the team missed out on Hall of Famer...

Cubs’ Ex-Manager Rick Renteria is a Class Act
November 6th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Almost all of the news surrounding new Chicago Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon has been about his impact on the 2015 squad and the fishy circumstances under which he left the Tampa Bay Rays. But what about former skipper Rick Renteria? Early reports after the Maddon signing were that Renteria was...

Repercussions of Maddon Hiring on Cubs’ Coaching Staff
November 5th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs officially introduced Joe Maddon and his five-year, $25 million dollar deal on Monday, and it is now time to start thinking about his staff. Normally, newly hired managers bring in their own staff. However, given the way in which Maddon was hired, he may not have that...

BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Cubs Officially Introduce Joe Maddon
November 3rd, 2014 at 5:30 PM
***PHOTO1*** It’s Official! The Chicago Cubs held a press conference this afternoon where they officially announced Joe Maddon as their new manager. Maddon, who signed a five-year, $25 million deal, is widely considered one of the best managers in baseball and has an uncanny ability to get the most out of...

Renteria Out, Maddon on the Way
November 1st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The news that we have been waiting all week for finally broke yesterday; Joe Maddon is on his way to the Chicago Cubs. Nothing is “on the record” yet, but it has been made known that the team will officially introduce Joe Maddon as the new manager in a press...