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Castro’s Power-Outage Will Keep him in Chicago
June 29th, 2015 at 5:50 PM
***PHOTO1*** Starlin Castro has been one of the most polarizing Chicago Cubs since the organization’s big fallout with Carlos Zambrano, and yet, he is piecing together a very impressive career. Now at 25-years-old and in the middle of his sixth season in the big leagues, however, Castro seems to have...

CUBS NEWS: Javier Baez Suffers Setback
June 7th, 2015 at 11:49 PM
***PHOTO1*** CUBS NEWS: Chicago Cubs infielder, Javier Baez has been tearing up the Pacific Coast League this season and appeared to be on the verge of earning a second crack at the big leagues; however, the 22-year-old's comeback hit a snag on Sunday. According to the Des Moines Register, Baez...

Down on the Farm: Strong up the Middle
May 9th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ minor league system was named baseball’s best in the month of April thanks to the fantastic starts by quite a few of their top prospects. In addition to the Tennessee Bash Brothers, the Cubs’ have gotten great production out of a trio of younger players; Albert...

Cubs Miss Chance at SS Monopoly
February 24th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com was the first to break the news yesterday that the Chicago Cubs have missed out on the opportunity for a complete monopoly at the shortstop position. By this we mean that, Cuban phenom, Yoan Moncada has decided to sign with the Boston Red Sox. Don’t feel...

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...

Starlin Castro to Turn Over a New Leaf
February 4th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** According to Carrie Muskat, Chicago Cubs’ shortstop, Starlin Castro has successfully moved his family from the Dominican Republic to Arizona. In addition to getting a head start on his spring workouts, the move to Arizona should greatly benefit Castro as a person. Over the past few years Starlin Castro has...

Quick Hits: Remembering a Baseball Icon, Mr. Cub
January 30th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
***VIDEO1*** This weekend the city of Chicago will celebrate the life of Ernie Banks with a procession through the city and speeches by the likes of Governor Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a number of Banks’ former teammates, according to Carrie Muskat. In Ernie’s memory, here are some quick...

Chicago Cubs’ Winter Ball Playoff Wrap-up
January 27th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Winter ball is officially over. Leagues in the Dominican, Mexico and the Caribbean wrapped up their winter seasons this week (Puerto Rico will finish tonight or tomorrow) allowing us to get one final look at the Chicago Cubs’ players progress before Spring Training starts. Playoff Stats Only Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR - - - - - - Baez PR 14 .217 .266 0 4 3 Lake DR 23 .256 .367 3 12 3 Ramirez DR 15 .224 .367 3 6 0 (Stats per MLB.com) ***PHOTO1*** Overall, it was...

Chicago Cubs’ Odds to Sign Cuban Stud Grow Longer
January 26th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
One of the stories lingering just below the headlines for most of the off-season has been the MLB future of, 19-year-old Cuban shortstop, Yoan Moncada, and although no one has been allowed to make any official progress, because of immigration issues, the Chicago Cubs’ chance of landing him appear to...

BREAKING NEWS: Mr. Cub Has Passed Away
January 23rd, 2015 at 10:08 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, has passed away according to CBS Chicago. A news conference is scheduled for tomorrow to make the official announcement. Banks was 83-years-old. Ernie Banks played for the Chicago Cubs for his entire 19-year career and recorded 2583 hits and 512 home runs. Banks was elected...

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...

Stephen Drew to the Cubs Would Be a Head-Scratcher
December 30th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the Chicago Cubs were among the teams interested in, free agent shortstop, Steven Drew . . . but why? The Cubs could benefit from a stronger veteran presence in the clubhouse, sure, and they could also use a solid defender who...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ Winter League K’s
December 28th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It is time once again to check in on some of our favorite Chicago Cubs players who are participating in winter ball. Most leagues still have about three weeks left to play so consider this a mid-season update on Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Junior Lake and Manny Ramirez: Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR 19 .324 .395 4 8 3 Baez PR 10 .263 341 2 7 2 Lake DR 42 .243 .399 2 12 21 Ramirez DR 41 .313 .409 6 28 0 (Stats per...

Are Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro $100 Million Dollar Players?
December 23rd, 2014 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 last week’s signing Jon Lester to...

How to Alter Javier Baez’s Approach at the Plate
December 4th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez is an incredibly talented kid with a whole box full of tools; a bold statement about someone who didn’t hit his weight and had nearly three times as many strikeouts as hits last year, but hear me out. Those around Chicago who aren’t freaking out about Javier Baez’s...

In the Wake of Boston’s FA Signings, Cubs Look Like Favorites to Land Lester
November 25th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This afternoon the Boston Red Sox will introduce SS Hanley Ramirez and 3B Pablo Sandoval, thus officially opening the free agent flood gates of the 2014 off-season. The signings will cost the Sox nearly $200 million over the next five years. But how does this relate to the...

Bold Predictions: Chicago Cubs Will Trade Javier Baez Before Opening Day
November 17th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In the wake of yesterday’s trade with the Atlanta Braves that sent Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs, the mathematicians among us have realized a problem. The Chicago Cubs now have four young, quality middle-infielders in Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, and now La Stella. Something has to...

Chicago Cubs Send Scout to See Cuban Stud Moncada
November 14th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to MLBtraderumors.com, the Chicago Cubs have sent a scout to take a look at Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada. This may be the first that you are hearing of the 19-year-old stud, but it will certainly not be the last. Moncada is expected to make the jump to the major...

Bold Predictions: Javier Baez Will Hit 30 Home Runs
November 10th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez proved to be one of the most dichotomous figures in Chicago this past summer, driving fans wild with his longball potential and pushing them to the brink with his strikeout totals. Who knows when it will all finally click for Javy, but his power is truly impressive. If...

Cubs Send #2 Prospect Russell Home
October 24th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have decided to cut number two prospect Addison Russell’s fall short and send him home. Russell had been participating in the Arizona Fall League in a effort to gain valuable experience against some of baseball’s best young talent, as well...