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All Coke’d Out: Cubs Cut Ties with Lefty
May 18th, 2015 at 11:30 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have finally had enough of Phil Coke. The team designated the 32-year-old lefty for assignment on Monday; no corresponding move has been announced at the time of this writing. The Cubs invited the Coke to Spring Training this year and selected him for the Opening Day roster...

Baez Primed and Ready for a Return
May 18th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez got off to a brutal start in 2015 when he attended Major League Spring Training and hit just .182 with one home run and 21 strikeouts across 55 at bats. Upon the conclusion of Spring Training Baez was met with yet another challenge, the passing of his...

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...

Is Addison Russell the Next Javier Baez?
May 8th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ rookie second baseman, Addison Russell has been playing well of late, hitting in ten consecutive games and hitting .343 over that span. Russell is going through a bit of an adjustment defensively as second base is not his natural position, but he seems to be coming around on...

Down on the Farm: Baez and Alcantara
May 6th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday we discussed a Chicago Cubs’ duo making waves in the Southern League (AA) and today we shift our attention to a duo making a comeback in the Pacific Coast League (AAA). Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara have gotten a late jump on the AAA season for various reasons but...

Cubs’ Rookie Russell is Heating Up
May 2nd, 2015 at 11:30 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs' second baseman, Addison Russell hit his first big league home run in yesterday's 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers and it looks like he's finally starting to turn it up. The 21-year-old got off to a slow start last week when the Cubs promoted him, highlighted by...

CUBS NEWS: Baez Makes Season Debut
May 1st, 2015 at 10:03 AM
***PHOTO1*** CUBS NEWS: Former Chicago Cubs top prospect, Javier Baez made his season debut last night for the Iowa Cubs and went 1-6 with a double and three strikeouts against the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers). Baez hit third in the order and played second...

Soler Proving That Playing Well Silences All Critics
April 25th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Thanks to Javier Baez’s strikeout performance last summer the issue of punch-outs has taken center stage in all discussions about the Chicago Cubs’ offense. Baez’s strikeout totals, aside from being at historic levels, were such an issue because he had become completely unreliable on the offensive side of the...

Youth Movement: Chicago Cubs Just Keep Getting Younger
April 23rd, 2015 at 10:44 AM
***PHOTO1*** When the Chicago Cubs sent Arismendy Alcantara, 23, back to Iowa for some remedial work, one would think that the team would replace him with a veteran on the bench. However, this is the Chicago Cubs we are talking about, so naturally Alcantara’s replacement was, 21-year-old, Addison Russell. It seems...

Addison Russell’s Underwhelming Debut a New Trend for Cubs
April 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Addison Russell, the Chicago Cubs’ #2 prospect, made his Major League debut last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates but didn’t contribute much to the team’s 9-8 victory. Russell, like Kris Bryant, struggled in his first big league game going 0-5 with three strikeouts and three men left on base....

The Impact of Javier Baez’s Absence
April 1st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The news that Javier Baez will start the 2015 season in AAA appears to have set a number of changes to the Chicago Cubs roster in motion. It has been thought all winter that Baez would be the Cubs’ Opening Day second baseman but now that he will be with...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Send Bryant, Baez, Russell Down to Minor Leagues
March 30th, 2015 at 12:29 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs have optioned Javier Baez to AAA and sent down, top prospects, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. Player Games .ave .obp HR RBI Baez 16 .173 .218 1 1 Bryant 14 .425 .477 9 15 Russell 12 .324 .359 1 6 (Stats per Cubs.com) There has been intense speculation over the past couple of weeks about Javier Baez’s status on this year’s roster given his struggles this spring,...

The Importance of the Mental Side of the Baseball
March 28th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** For a long time baseball has neglected the mental side of the game, and for a long time talented players have wasted away their careers because of mental weakness. Former Chicago Cubs like Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, who were supposed to be Major League stars, ended up as...

How Kris Bryant to LF Impacts the Cubs’ Lineup
March 27th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant made his first ever appearance in the outfield for the Chicago Cubs in last night’s Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Angels and his evening went off without a hitch. People around baseball have speculated that Brant would end up in the outfield since the Cubs drafted...

Chicago Cubs Hitters Who are on the Bubble
March 26th, 2015 at 12:09 PM
***PHOTO1*** Earlier this week news broke that Joe Maddon told Javier Baez that he would make the Chicago Cubs’ Opening Day roster; however, Maddon came out a few days later calling the report untrue. Javier Baez will have to play the waiting game a bit longer to find out if he...

How “Legit” Has Kris Bryant’s Breakout Spring Been?
March 26th, 2015 at 5:55 AM
***PHOTO1*** The age-old argument against Spring Training success is that players aren’t playing against major league talent everyday and therefore their numbers aren’t as impressive as they may seem. Kris Bryant, for example, has been out of his mind the past three weeks posting a line of .464/.531/1.500 with nine home...

MLB News: Baez not a Lock to Make Opening Day Roster
March 20th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** When asked this week about Javier Baez’s chances to make the Major League roster, Cubs’ manager, Joe Maddon responded with, “of course there’s a chance he doesn’t make the team”. In reality, Maddon’s response was more to the effect of dispelling any sense entitlement, not just with Baez, but with...

What to Make of Slow Starts by Cubs’ Core
March 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Spring Training is always full of ups and downs, over and under-performers, and 2015 has been no different. Earlier this week we discussed some of the Chicago Cubs’ players who are having breakout performances, and today we’re going to touch on the slow starts by a number of guys...

How to Solve Joe Maddon’s #2 Hitter Dilemma
March 18th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday Carrie Muskat reported that, Cubs’ skipper, Joe Maddon has been wrestling with a number of options to fill the two-hole in the lineup but has little idea what he will, ultimately, end up doing. So far Maddon has commented on his use of Javier Baez, Tommy La Stella...

Bold Predictions: Kris Bryant Makes Opening Day Roster
March 16th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant’s status within the Chicago Cubs organization has been one of the most hotly contested topics of the off-season and has even gained the attention of the MLB player’s union. Kris Bryant, himself, has stoked the fire with his unbelievable performance during the first two weeks of Spring...