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Why Trading Justin Ruggiano was the Right Move
December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Per Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs finalized a deal to send OF Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for, minor league RHP, Matt Brazis yesterday. The deal does not come as a huge shock as we have been talking about the Cubs logjam in the outfield for...

Chicago Cubs Off-Season Report: Winter League Updates
December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Arizona Fall League has come and gone but the various winter leagues of the Caribbean are well under way. The Chicago Cubs have plenty of young players getting extra reps before spring training, Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Junior Lake and Manny Ramirez in particular: Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR 19 .324 .395 4 8 3 Baez PR 4 .357 .412 1 3 0 Lake DR 38 .256 .405 2 12 20 Ramirez DR 38 .300 .402 6 25 0 (Stats per MLB.com) Alcantara, Lake and...

Why the Chicago Cubs Need to Add a Veteran Presence
November 24th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs were one of baseball’s youngest teams in 2014 and could get even younger in 2015 with the next wave of prospects set to make their MLB debuts. According to baseball-reference.com, the Chicago Cubs’ offense averaged just 26.8 years old in 2014, and although ripe with potential, it...

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...

Former Cub Soriano to Announce Retirement
November 5th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** According to ESPN.com, former Chicago Cubs’ outfielder Alfonso Soriano has decided to retire from professional baseball. Soriano, 38, was released by the New York Yankees after just 67 games this past season. He hit .221 with six home runs and 23 RBI. Soriano spent seven of his 16 professional seasons on...

Down on the Farm: First Round Picks
October 11th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As we head into the 2015 season the Chicago Cubs’ roster will continue to be flooded with young talent from their farm system, many of which have very impressive minor league résumés. Since Theo Epstein took over as President before the 2012 season, the Chicago Cubs have made five first...

Is Jorge Soler the Real Deal?
October 1st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs rookie, Jorge Soler took the league by storm when he was promoted to the big leagues on August 27th, but a slow decline in the final weeks of September has us wondering, is he the real deal or not? Period At bats .ave HR RBI August 15 .533 3 7 September 74 .243 2 13 Last seven 21 .143 0 2 Total 89 .292 5 20 (Stats per ESPN.com) Soler wasn’t the only Cubs’ rookie...

Players the Cubs Should Cut Ties with in 2015
October 1st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** When your team finishes the season 16 games under .500, there are plenty of changes that can and should be made. The Chicago Cubs will have a number of players cement their roles as starters in 2015 and they have their eye on a number of high-profile free agents, so...

Possible Off-Season Targets for the Chicago Cubs (Non-Pitchers)
September 27th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have a big off-season ahead of them as they look to move out of the cellar in 2015 and compete for a title in 2016. We have discussed the options and possible moves regarding the team’s pitching staff, but we have yet to dive into the...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 27th
September 27th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ manager, Rick Renteria has announced that Kyle Hendricks’ season is over. Hendricks finishes his rookie campaign with a 7-2 record and 2.46 ERA in 13 games started. Hendricks’ inning total on the summer is up to 183.0 innings between the big leagues and AAA (80.1-MLB, 102.2-AAA). 2. Chicago...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 23rd
September 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ starter, Travis Wood allowed six earned runs in last night’s 8-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. With that start, Wood has now allowed five or more earned runs in nearly a quarter (22.6%) of his starts this season. 2. Former Chicago Cubs’ centerfielder, Emilio Bonifacio stole...

Cubs’ Prospect Schwarber Wants to Catch in the Big Leagues
September 18th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Kyle Schwarber believes he has what it takes to be a big league catcher. Schwarber, the Cubs’ first round pick in this summer’s amateur draft, had a dominant summer at the plate and advanced through three levels of the Cubs’ minor league...

Comparing Baez & Soler Through Their First 14 Games
September 17th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The two biggest call-ups made by the Chicago Cubs this year have been Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, without a doubt, but their performances have been drastically different. Javier Baez made a statement during his first two weeks in the big leagues but then fell off quickly; is the same...

Chicago Cubs’ September Call-Ups: Mid-Month Update
September 11th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs added a handful of new faces to the big league club when rosters expanded on September first but it doesn’t appear that their presence has helped put W’s on the board. Since September first the Chicago Cubs are 3-6 and have been swept in back-to-back series (by...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ LF Chris Coghlan
September 7th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** There have been a lot of new faces wearing Cubbie blue this summer but few have been more consistently impressive than, Chicago Cubs outfielder, Chris Coghlan. Entering play yesterday Coghlan, 29, was hitting .371 (13-35) in his last ten games and .279 with six home runs and 31 RBI’s on...

Down on the Farm: Kyle Schwarber
September 6th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It has been an impressive summer the Chicago Cubs’ first round draft pick, Kyle Schwarber. The 21-year-old catcher/outfielder, out of Indiana University, has already advanced through three levels of the Cubs’ farm system and on Thursday was named the Cubs’ minor league hitter of the month for August by hitting...

Starlin Castro’s Injury and Ryan Kalish’s Return
September 5th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ shortstop, Starlin Castro suffered an ankle injury sliding into home during the Cubs’ victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. Castro was able to walk off under his own power but that didn’t stop some fans from having flashbacks to Stephen Drew’s gruesome ankle injury in July...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 4th
September 4th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. On this day in 1998, Sammy Sosa hit his 57th home run of the season. In doing so, Sosa broke the Chicago Cubs’ 68-year-old franchise record of 56, held by Hack Wilson (per baseball-reference.com). 2. The Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday, their first...

The Toy Cannon: Cubs’ Rookie CF Has Impressive Pop
September 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** When we think of power-hitters we tend to think of guys like Mike Stanton, Jose Abreu, Chris Davis, ect. In our minds, the quintessential power-hitter is a big, burley guy who needs to watch his head walking through doorways and has biceps the size of your head, but then there...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 2nd
September 2nd, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Entering play today, the Chicago Cubs (62-76) are 11.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers (73-64) in the National League Central standings. However, over their last 100 games, the Brewers have been just one game better than the Cubs; Cubs, 49-51, Brewers, 50-50. Per @thecubsreporter. 2. Jorge Soler...