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Bold Predictions: “We’re Going to Win the N.L. Central”
January 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This past weekend’s Cubs Convention was a huge success and the event gave fans an opportunity to become acquainted with the new-look Cubs but the biggest news of the weekend came out of, Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. When asked about his expectations for 2015 Rizzo responded with: “We're...

Making the Case for Why the Chicago Cubs Should Re-Brand
January 8th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It appears as though the Chicago Cubs’ off-season is finally starting to wind down and, with the exception of a few minor moves, it looks like we have before us the 2015 crew. Despite what you may think or what people might say, the Chicago Cubs have been very...

The Mind of a GM: Hang on to “Your Guys”
January 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Being the general manager of a major league baseball team is one of the most demanding jobs there is. It’s a 24-hour job, 365 days a year and it requires incredible planning, scouting and player knowledge and that is why many GM’s try and bring “their guys” with them...

The Chicago Cubs New Year’s Resolutions
January 1st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Now that January 1st is here it’s time to put our New Year’s resolutions into action; start eating right, go back to school, get that promotion. It’s go time. The Chicago Cubs have had an exciting off-season in the additions of Jon Lester and Joe Maddon, and Wrigley Field...

Soler Looks to Follow in the Footsteps of His Countrymen
December 31st, 2014 at 7:25 AM
***PHOTO1*** One of the Chicago Cubs most exciting rookies in 2014 was, rightfielder, Jorge Soler and the expectations for the 22-year-old couldn’t be any higher for 2015. Soler hit .292 with five home runs in 24 games and looks to continue the trend of successful Cuban-born ballplayers making the jump...

Cubs Make a Nice Pickup in Peterson
December 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** In addition to claiming Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Boston Red Sox last week the Chicago Cubs also claimed 1B Shane Peterson from the Oakland Athletics. Peterson, 26, made his major league debut for the A’s in 2014 but logged just two games before the season came to...

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...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs Vs. Sox 2015
December 21st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The off-season is only half over and already the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox have made tremendous improvements to their roster. The two Chicago teams are being viewed among the most improved teams in baseball and for good reason. 2015 could be the first time since 2008 that both...

Breaking Down the Cubs’ New Catcher Miguel Montero
December 16th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs acquired Miguel Montero last week when they struck a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but what are they really getting? As we discussed last week, Miguel Montero is not a huge statistical upgrade over the Cubs’ current backstop, Welington Castillo, but his resume is very impressive. Montero...

Down on the Farm: Bill James’ Projections for Kris Bryant
December 13th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In addition to pumping out his 2015 projections for the Chicago Cubs’ current lineup, Sabermetric guru Bill James also calculated what to expect from Kris Bryant in 2015. Predicting Bryant’s stats in 2015 are particularly difficult because he has no prior MLB experience and we do not know how the...

The Chicago Cubs’ Minor League Excellence
November 18th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are one of baseball’s youngest teams and have yet to reach their collective potential at the big league level; however, big things are expected from the 2015 group, and for good reason. A number of the Cubs’ current players put up outstanding numbers in their final minor...

Anthony Rizzo’s 5K for Cancer a Huge Success
November 17th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo has proven to be one of the most upstanding men in baseball since he began his big league career in 2011. This season, Rizzo was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award and became the youngest winner of the Branch Rickey Award. Yesterday morning, he...

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...

Bold Predictions: Kris Bryant Will Hit 25 Big League HRs
November 3rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Regardless of whom the Chicago Cubs bring in this off-season, the story of 2015 will be Kris Bryant. Cubs fans have been waiting to see this kid at Wrigley Field since the team selected him second overall in the 2013 amateur draft. The way that he has destroyed minor league...

Chicago Cubs Shake up the 40-Man Roster
October 30th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Amidst all the rumors and speculation that surrounded the Joe Maddon Situation yesterday, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made some concrete moves with concern to the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster. Per CBS Chicago, The Cubs removed OF Ryan Kalish, RHP James McDonald, INF Chris Valaika and INF Josh Vitters from...

What Ever Happened to Bryan LaHair?
October 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Back in 2011, the Chicago Cubs thought they had found a diamond in the rough in 28-year-old first baseman Bryan LaHair. He was relatively unproven at the big league level, but LaHair had proven to be one of the best minor league talents in baseball: Year Team Level .ave .obp HR RBI 2009 SEA AAA .289 .354 26 85 2010 CHC AAA .308 .385 25 81 2011 CHC AAA .331 .405 38 109 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) LaHair began the...

The Evolution of the Chicago Cubs’ Lineup
October 22nd, 2014 at 6:47 AM
***PHOTO1*** The last time the Chicago Cubs made the playoffs feels like a lifetime ago, but the reality of the situation is that the Cubs were one of baseball’s best teams back in 2008. The team’s decline after that season was swift and devastating, as they went from finishing 7.5 games...

Sunday Spotlight: the Importance of Starlin Castro
October 19th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As the Cubs begin the “turn” in their rebuilding plan (the phase where they begin to compete), the most important player to keep an eye on will be Starlin Castro. So much of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s plan hinges upon, and will be dictated by, Castro. It appears that...

Down on the Farm: Cubs’ Prospects Who Will Be Moved
October 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Reading into Chicago Cubs’ president Theo Epstein’s comments over the past month, it looks like the Cubs are just about ready to compete for a division title. Part of making that push could involve favoring major league talent over minor league talent, which means that the Cubs could look to...

Bold Predictions: the Cubs Will Be a Top-5 NL Offense in 2015
October 13th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ biggest shortcoming in 2014 was their offensive production. The Cubs ranked near the bottom in almost every offensive category in the National League this past summer, but we predict that they will turn it around in 2015. Stat .ave .obp .slg HR K’s Runs/g NL Rank 12th 13th 7th 2nd 15th 12th (Stats per baseball-reference.com) The whole offensive approach will be different...