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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...

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 Fact Pack, September 11th
September 11th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Javier Baez has now played in 36 games at the major league level. After last night’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Baez has now recorded at least one strikeout in 30 games. His season high for consecutive games with a punch-out is 13 (he currently...

Props to Rick Renteria for Sticking with Javier Baez
September 9th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It has been a rough month for, Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Javier Baez. Since his exciting first week, Baez has struggled mightily, racking up gaudy strikeout totals and has been unable to get on base with any kind of consistency. Entering play yesterday, the Cubs’ 21 year old is...

The Emergence of Cubs’ Utility Man, Logan Watkins
September 4th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Every team in the big leagues reserves a spot on their roster for a “utility man” but in reality, it is a dying role in major league baseball. The modern day utility man is usually a guy who can just play more than one infield spot and, maybe, fill in...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, August 28th
August 28th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Last night Jorge Soler hit a 2-1 fastball from, Cincinnati Reds starter, Mat Latos 423 feet into the centerfield batter’s eye in the top of the second inning. In doing so, Soler became the first Chicago Cubs’ rookie homer in his first major league at bat since Starlin Castro...

Hey Javy, What Size is Your Sombrero?
August 25th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs rookie, Javier Baez has only been in the major leagues for three weeks and he is already making a name for himself. In his 19 big league games, Baez has worn the golden sombrero three times already!! Much of the Chicago Cubs’ fan base has been...

Summing of Javier Baez’s First Week
August 14th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Last night, Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Javier Baez hit his first home run at Wrigley Field in the Cubs’ 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Baez has had an up and down first week in the big leagues but, general manager, Jed Hoyer commented that it was “as expected, there’s been...

Javier Baez Has a Strikeout “Problem”
August 11th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs rookie second baseman, Javier Baez has put on quite a show since making his much-anticipated debut last week.  His all-or-nothing swing as produced three home runs and twelve strikeouts so far and everyone is dwelling on the strikeouts… seriously.  The Cubs’ have a rookie who is hitting .276...

Is Javier Baez Really a Number Two Hitter?
August 9th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
For the fifth game in a row, Chicago Cubs Rookie, Javier Baez is playing second base and bat second, but does he fit the profile of the typical number two hitter?  In the traditional sense, NO.  Typically, your second hitter is a guy who has great bat control and a...

Javier Baez to Make Wrigley Field Debut
August 8th, 2014 at 2:55 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Javy Baez show is finally coming to Wrigley Field!  After becoming only the third player in history to hit three home runs in his first three games, per Ace of MLB Stats, Javier Baez will finally make his home debut today at 3:05 CT.  He will, again, bat second...

Javier Baez Makes a Strong First Impression
August 6th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez dug in to the right-handed batter’s box at Coors Field for the first at bat of his major league career.  He should have been nervous; butterflies in his stomach, knees quivering slightly, ribs shaking with each breath, but the Chicago Cubs young infielder felt none of those as...

Predicting the Remainder of Javier Baez’s Season
August 5th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
As announced yesterday, Chicago Cubs top prospect, Javier Baez will make his major league debut today against the Colorado Rockies.  Cubs’ fans have been waiting a long time to see Javy’s in a big league uniform; so what can we expect to see from him in the final two months...

Baez Moves to 2B & Bryant is Forcing His Way to the MLB
July 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
The Chicago Cubs’ plans for the future became a little clearer this week when Iowa Cubs’ manager Marty Pevey told Tommy Birch that Javier Baez would be “playing the majority of the time” at second base for the remainder of the season.  Baez has already played four games on the...

Cubs’ Need a Big Second Half from Valbuena
July 20th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Luis Valbuena was a big piece of the Chicago Cubs’ offensive attack during the two months of the season but he has cooled down significantly as of late.  According to ESPN.com, Valbuena is hitting just .150 in the month of July and has seen his average slip to .250 on...

Cubs’ Minor League Spotlight: Arismendy Alcantara
July 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have so many prospects who are dominating the minor leagues that it is hard to keep track of all of them.  Usually the spotlight falls on Javier Baez, Kris Brant or Kyle Schwarber, but today we are going to highlight Arismendy Alcantara.  Alcantara, second baseman for the...

Giving Cubs’ INF Luis Valbuena His Due
June 21st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Luis Valbuena has been one of the Chicago Cubs’ best players this season and it’s time that someone recognized it.  Valbuena is having a career year so far, posting a slash line of .282/.378/.451 with four home runs and 19 doubles.  Luis Valbuena began his professional career ten years ago with...

Cubs That Need to Go, Part 2
June 1st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As we inch closer to the July 31st trade deadline the Chicago Cubs plans become clearer.  We have two more players who you can expect to be on the move in the next two months here in part two of our three-part installment.   Darwin Barney: Last week we discussed the situation that...

No Love for Darwin Barney in Chicago
May 28th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** At some point in the not-so-distant past Darwin Barney was the Chicago Cubs “second baseman of the future”.  The former 4th round pick out of Oregon State had incredibly steady hands and a bat that was underwhelming, but intriguing.  No one thought that Darwin Barney would be an offensive powerhouse...

Chicago Cubs Second Baseman Darwin Barney Wins First Gold Glove Award
October 31st, 2012 at 4:24 PM
The Chicago Cubs have collected their first piece of postseason hardware, as Darwin Barney has been awarded the Rawlings Gold Glove at second base. This is the first Gold Glove for Barney, but if he continues to post a .997 fielding percentage, you can certainly bet his mantle will soon...