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Bold Predictions: Odd Men Out in Cubs’ Rotation
March 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Spring Training has only just begun for the Chicago Cubs but the debate over who will make the team’s starting rotation is already heating up. The top three spots are already locked up by Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, and Jason Hammel but the last two spots are completely up...

Sunday Spotlight: Chicago Cubs’ Final Grade for The 2014/2015 Off-Season
March 1st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Now that the off-season is officially over and baseball season has begun it’s time to take one final look at how Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer did this winter. If nothing else, Theo and Jed have been incredibly busy over the past few months and have shown that they...

Down on the Farm: Breakout Prospects for 2015
February 28th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
The Chicago Cubs have one of baseball’s best minor league systems and should be pumping out quality major leaguers for years to come. We are all familiar with the prospects who made their debuts in 2014: Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks and Jorge Soler, and we know plenty...

Tom Ricketts: The Owner Cubs Fans Deserve
February 27th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Now that Spring Training 2015 is officially underway, today marks our first Fan of the Week of the 2015 season; Congratulations to Rick Farmer. Rick has submitted the most well-thought out and eloquently argued paragraphs that we have received thus far so without further delay, here are Rick’s thoughts: ***PHOTO1*** I...

Is Theo Turning the Cubs into the Red Sox?
February 27th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Theo Epstein has been at the helm for the Chicago Cubs for three and half years now and it finally appears as though he is on the cusp of pushing his team over the top. But how did he do it? Theo Epstein has been very meticulous in...

The Chicago Cubs Coaching Staff Can Rake
February 26th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs (coaching) staff has gotten a lot of attention lately with the additions of, former all-stars, Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis but the Cubs actually have quite a few accomplished, former pro’s on their staff. Here is a look at the Chicago Cubs’ all-coach lineup: Coach Current Role Career Stats Kerry Wood...

Cubs to Implement Mental Skills Training: Importance of the Mental Side of the Baseball
February 26th, 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 lost their careers to weak mental states. This week, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Joe Maddon will begin the implementation of the Chicago Cubs’ new mental skills program. The...

Sosa Remains Lone Steroid-Era Kingpin Exiled from Baseball
February 25th, 2015 at 3:45 PM
***PHOTO1*** These days, Chicago Cubs fans’ opinions of Sammy Sosa are very one sided; they HATE him. Which is funny given that a little more than a decade ago Sosa was the toast of Chicago, and before that one of the most beloved players in the league. The issue...

Cubs to Hold First Full-Team Workout of 2015
February 25th, 2015 at 12:35 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ position players officially joined the pitchers and catchers and reported to Spring Training yesterday, though many have been at camp for some time now. The Cubs are holding their first full-team workout at the writing of this article and all appears to be going swimmingly. The intensity...

Cubs 101 Ranks the Chicago Cubs’ Top-10 Prospects
February 25th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Today we are going to take a minute and rank the Chicago Cubs’ top-10 prospects. MLB.com came out with their list of baseball’s top-100 but they have yet to publish the top prospects by team. Luckily, Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America are a little ahead of the curve,...

New Faces, Old Numbers: Cubs’ New Acquisitions Select Jersey Numbers
February 24th, 2015 at 1:40 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs made a number of new acquisitions this off-season and now that Spring Training has officially begun we have the chance to see those guys in Cubbie blue for the first time. Here’s a quick look at what numbers the new guys are wearing and who wore...

MLB NEWS: Youk and Manny to Be Part of 2015 Staff
February 24th, 2015 at 10:28 AM
***PHOTO1*** Announced this morning by Carrie Muskat and Bruce Levine, Kevin Youkilis and Manny Ramirez will serve as consultants to the Chicago Cubs in 2015. News broke last week that Kevin Youkilis would be joining the Cubs as a special assistant to the GM but we weren’t 100% sure about...

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...

Lester Ready to Assume Role as Cubs’ Ace
February 23rd, 2015 at 11:49 AM
***PHOTO1*** We all assumed this day was coming when the Chicago Cubs announced the signing of Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract but now it is official. When asked who would be his opening day starter, Cubs’ Skipper, Joe Maddon left little doubt; it’ll be Lester. Jon Lester has developed...

Bold Predictions: One More Big Trade
February 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** With the rest of the Chicago Cubs’ roster set to report to Spring Training later this week the opportunity to make one last big trade is upon us. Despite all the moves that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made this off-season, there are still a number of moves that...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ Inexperience is Overplayed
February 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Heading into the 2015 season, the expectations that have been placed upon the Chicago Cubs could not be any higher. Much of the hype has been created by the Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s off-season additions; guys like Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, Dexter Fowler, and David Ross, but there...

Down on the Farm: Baseball America’s Prospect Rankings Favor Cubs
February 21st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
Earlier this month MLB.com came out with their list of baseball’s top-100 prospects and many of us were shocked to find that Kris Bryant, the reigning MiLB player of the year was ranked second behind Byron Buxton, the oft-injured centerfield prospect for the Minnesota Twins. Yesterday, though, Bryant and...

Fan of the Week: Looking Back on Legacy
February 20th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The weekend has found us once again on this frigid Friday in the windy city and that means it’s time for our Fan of the Week! This week’s Fan of the Week comes to us from our group of Twitter followers; congrats to Paul Dzien (@crawlyscubs)! Paul sent in one...

Ten Reasons Why Everyone Loves Spring Training
February 20th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
It’s finally here! The Chicago Cubs’ pitchers and catchers will hold their first official workout later today and Spring Training will finally be underway. Spring Training is one of the best times of the year, for both the players and the fans, and it’s about time someone gave...

Spring Training Bullets: Bard, Youk, and Two Dilemmas
February 19th, 2015 at 11:05 AM
***PHOTO1*** · The Chicago Cubs’ pitchers and catchers will hold their first official workout of the spring tomorrow, although many players have been down in Mesa for a few weeks now. One pitcher to keep an eye on will be, former Boston Red Sox setup man, Daniel Bard. Bard, 29, was...