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Chicago Cubs to Part Ways with Fujikawa
October 31st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs announced yesterday that they will not pickup Kyuji Fujikawa’s $5.5 million option for the 2015 season. Fujikawa spent two years with the Cubs and was largely a disappointment. Year Games ERA Saves WHIP K/9 2013 12 5.25 2 1.083 10.5 2014 15 4.85 0 1.846 11.8 MLB Total 17 5.04 2 1.480 11.2 JPN Total (12 yr.) 562 1.77 220 0.963 11.9 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) Fujikawa was brought in with hopes that he take over the Cubs’ closer...

4 Reasons Why Ozzie Guillen Will Never Coach the Chicago Cubs
October 30th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Last week, news broke tha, former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen would be interested in joining the Chicago Cubs’ coaching staff if they are able to sign Joe Maddon this off-season. Normally, it would be hard to turn away an experienced coach with a World Series title on his resume,...

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...

Players for Maddon Beginning to Emerge
October 29th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs toned down the Joe Maddon talks this week in an attempt to keep the baseball world’s focus on the World Series, but a bit of news emerged yesterday. Apparently, the teams interested in Maddon have begun to identify themselves; ten teams in total, according to Maddon’s agent. The...

Free Agent Starters: Paying for Past Performance, Hoping for Future Production
October 28th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The biggest issue with signing quality free agent pitchers to expensive contracts is that most of the time, the team ends up paying for past performance rather than future production. The main reason for this is that by the time most pitchers reach free agency, they are already well into...

Boneheaded Injuries by Chicago Sports Stars
October 27th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** For those of you who had a chance to watch the Chicago Bears game yesterday or see the game highlights, you probably saw Lamarr Houston suffer a (potentially) season-ending injury celebrating a sack when the Bears were down by 25 points. Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens more often than...

Bold Predictions: the Chicago Cubs Will Have a Top-5 Bullpen in 2015
October 27th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** One of the pleasant surprises for the Chicago Cubs in 2014 was the performance of their young bullpen. They had their ups and downs, as every team does, but they finished stronger than nearly every other ‘pen in baseball. For that reason, we predict that the Chicago Cubs will have...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, by the Numbers
October 26th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The Chicago Cubs retired the number 31 in honor of Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux. Only two other teams have retired the same number for multiple players; the Cincinnati Reds retired number 5 in honor of Johnny Bench and Willard Hershberger, and the New York Yankees retired number 8...

Sunday Spotlight: Joe Maddon’s Potential Impact on the Chicago Cubs
October 26th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** By now, everyone has heard the news that Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has opted out of his current deal, and many experts believe that he will join the Chicago Cubs. Before we dive into this story, let's make something very clear: nothing has actually happened yet. Everyone and...

Part 2: Odds Cubs’ Top Prospects Will Make Debuts in 2015
October 25th, 2014 at 4:50 PM
***PHOTO1*** This morning, we discussed the odds for three of the Chicago Cubs’ top-five prospects making it to the big leagues in 2015. Kris Bryant (1), Addison Russell (2), and CJ Edwards (5) all have legitimate shots at making the their debuts next year, but the list doesn’t end there. Arodys...

Chicago Cubs’ Fact Pack: All-Star Pitchers
October 25th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Theo Epstein promised to add two quality starting pitchers this off-season, and for good reason. From 2010-2014, the Chicago Cubs only had two pitchers make the National League all-star team: Travis Wood (2013) and Jeff Samardzija* (2014, did not participate due to trade to American League). Claude Passeau is the...

Down on the Farm: Odds Cubs’ Top Prospects Will Make Debuts in 2015, Part 1
October 25th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday, we mentioned a number of the Chicago Cubs’ top prospects who are on the verge of making their major league debuts (or joining the big league squad full-time in the case of Vizcaino): Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, CJ Edwards, Arodys Vizcaino, Pierce Johnson, and Albert Almora. All are capable...

Fan of the Week: Prospects to Watch in 2015
October 24th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Another week has flown by and it’s already Friday! This week’s Fan of the Week is Sam Griffin. Sam has been on top of his game lately, being the first person to "LIKE" almost all of our articles on Facebook this week! Here is Sam’s paragraph of airtime: Thank you for...

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...

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...

Cubs’ & Rooftops Moving Towards a Deal
October 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The rooftop bleachers are one of the staples of Wrigley Field and help make the atmosphere what it is. However, since the release of the Wrigley Field renovation plan, things between the Cubs and rooftop owners have gotten particularly ugly. Both sides have engaged in public sniping and legal threats...

What are the Chicago Cubs’ Players up To?
October 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Baseball’s final hurrah of 2014 began last night with game one of the World Series in Kansas City, but most major leaguers have been “out of the office” for nearly a month. So what have they been doing? After a grueling eight-month season that began in February with Spring Training,...

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...

Remembering the Chicago Cubs’ World Series History
October 21st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Since the MLB began playing post-season baseball, the Chicago Cubs have made 12 “World Series” appearances (not all appearances were in the World Series Era; see 1885) but walked away with the hardware just twice. With hours until game one of the 2014 World Series starts, lets take a look...

Chicago Cubs 101’s World Series Prediction
October 21st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Baseball in Chicago has been over for nearly a month now, but major league baseball still has one week left. The San Francisco Giants will take on the Kansas City Royals tonight in game one of the World Series, and you can bet that we will be watching. This is...