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Don’t Do That Mr. Rob Manfred!

Rob Manfred should not ban the defensive shift. Too many negatives would result because of it. One day into the job, and the 10th Commissioner in the history of the MLB is making headlines with his latest idea to captivate casual and young fans to the sport of baseball. Rob Manfred said today that he is open to the idea banning of the defensive shift in order to open up the game...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Truly “Mr. Cub”; Ernie Banks dies at age 83

I’ve been a Cubs fan since birth, and sadly, being a Cubs fan has never really been about winning. Sure I still root for them every year, but I’ve grown weary of the “this is our year” mentality that tends to end in heartbreak. For me, being a Cubs fan has always been about my connection to the Cubs through my family. My dad is a Cubs fan, as was his dad who, like Ernie...
Via In The Neutral Zone
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Players Reflect On The Life Of Ernie Banks

Here is a look at the outpouring support from around the major leagues after the tragic passing of baseball great Ernie Banks. R.I.P Mr.Cub! “It’s a beautiful day for a ball game. Let’s play two” – Ernie Banks Cal Ripken Jr. “He was Mr. Cub and that spoke to both his play on the field and how beloved he was to the people of Chicago. Ernie was the first to make...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Remembering Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks

Your browser does not support iframes. The game has lost Ernie Banks, the most popular baseball figure ever in Chicago. Mr. Cub died Friday at age 83. “Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a release. “He was one of the greatest players of all...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Nation Says Farewell to Mr. Cub

Ernie Banks’ career had just ended when I was born, so I never had the pleasure of seeing him play and I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but nevertheless he will always be the first player I think about when you say “Chicago Cubs.” Ernie transcended his accomplishments on the field and that was not an easy thing to do. He didn’t get into the Hall of Fame just by having...
Via Obstructed View
1 day ago  |  Discuss

BREAKING: Cubs Legend Ernie Banks Has Passed Away

It is a sad day for Chicago sports as one of its most beloved athletes has passed away. RIP: Cubs legend Ernie ‘Mr. Cub’ Banks dies at 83 — ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) January 24, 2015 “Mr. Cub”, as he was referred by over a half century worth of Cubs fans, was 83. Ernie Banks, though gone from the mortal world, is currently...
Via Sports Mockery
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks passes away

In an incredibly sad bit of news, former MLB player and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has passed away at the age of 83. The report comes from CBS Chicago, which referenced Banks’ family lawyer Mark Bogen in the sad piece of news. The announcement came Friday evening from Mark Bogen, who said he was authorized by Banks’ widow to confirm the news to the media. A news conference...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant: The Newly Anointed King of the Hot Corner? Not So Fast…

Many Cubs fans believe that the Chicago Cubs are FINALLY giving them what they want and handing the everyday third base duties to Kris Bryant with the trade of Luis Valbuena  and Dan Straily to Houston for Dexter Fowler earlier this week, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Dream Snatchers Gordon Wittenmyer, of the Chicago Sun-Times, quoted Jed Hoyer: “When we think Kris...
Via Sports Mockery
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Cubs (with ZIPS projections)

Position Player wOBA Pos Avg pwRC+ C Montero 0.304 0.305 100 1B Rizzo 0.367 0.328 112 2B Baez 0.319 0.298 107 SS Castro 0.33 0.297 111 3B Bryant 0.364 0.316 115 LF Coghlan 0.307 0.318 97 CF Fowler 0.345 0.32 108 RF Soler 0.335 0.316 106 - - - - - C2 Ross 0.277 0.259 107 IF La Stella 0.313 0.253 124 IF Alcantara 0.321 0.253 127 OF Denorfia 0.305 0.270 113 OF Sweeney 0.306 0.270 113...
Via Obstructed View
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Chicago Cubs

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Chicago Cubs. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Fowler is a game changer

Just when we thought the Chicago Cubs were done making significant additions this off-season, the team officially announced on Monday the acquisition of outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros for struggling minor league starting pitcher Dan Straily and the on-base juggernaut infielder Luis Valbuena. Before the trade, the Cubs were set to enter 2015 with unproven prospect...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor league baseball team to hold #DeflateCancer night

Minor league baseball teams have a habit of doing things like this.  They’ll take a scandal or news story that occurs during the off season and create a themed night around it.  Listen, just because it is in the headlines in January…that doesn’t make it a viable promotion during the baseball season. Looking your way, Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rooftop owners sue Cubs over Wrigley Field renovations

The proposed renovation of Wrigley Field continues to keep Chicago-area lawyers busy. A week and a half after the owners of rooftops overlooking the stadium filed their second lawsuit against the city of Chicago – arguing that the city’s approval of the renovation was legally invalid – the owners of two rooftop businesses sued the […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Fans, The Metrics, and Dexter Fowler

Dexter Fowler played 959 innings in center field for the Astros in 2014, which is noteworthy mostly because he was traded to the Cubs on Monday, but also because of how poorly the defensive metrics rated him for those 959 innings. By Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) he was 20 runs below average and by Ultimate […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Better Know a Cub: Dexter Fowler

Yesterday, the Cubs spun Lou Goodvalue and Dan Straily into their (presumable) starting CF for 2015. A short eulogy for Luis Valbuena follows. Valbuena was underrated by the general population and probably slightly overrated by the blogging community (and with his batflips, it’s easy to see why). Valbuena was cheap, able to play anywhere on the diamond, and he took his walks. While...
Via Obstructed View
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' plan with Kris Bryant still uncertain

The Chicago Cubs made a rather expected move on Monday when they went out and acquired center fielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros. Fowler fills a need for on-base percentage at the top of the lineup, while also presenting Joe Maddon with an extremely versatile lineup to work with throughout the year. There is also another rather exciting aspect of the deal, that has not...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Try Not To Fowl It Up

The Cubs hinted at getting an outfielder that could play CF or LF just over a week ago and today they finalized a deal for about the only player that made sense to fit that role. The Cubs sent Luis Valbuena and P Dan Straily to the Astros for OF Dexter Fowler. Hard to find a way to not like this deal, but I'm sure some will find a way. In Fowler, the Cubs get a switch-hitting center...
Via Cub Reporter
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Starlin Castro Making Moves to Win a World Series in Chicago

During an offseason of big moves and positive vibes for the Chicago Cubs, their three-time All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro found himself “In the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said after being near gunfire twice in the Dominican Republic.   His agent, Paul Kinzer, said that Castro was walking through a parking lot as an assassination attempt was in progress. Castro spoke...
Via Sports Mockery
6 days ago  |  Discuss

When Will The Cubs Have Bleachers Again?

Exactly 0 people actually believed that the Cubs were going to have the Wrigley Field bleachers good to go on Opening Day ’15. And this past weekend, they made it official. May 11th is the new date the contractors are shooting for. I thought even the revised date sounded pretty aggressive, so I headed over to the Wrigley Field Blog to see if they had any updates. From yesterday...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Say New Wrigley Field Bleachers Won’t Be Completed By Opening Day

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs say new Wrigley Field bleachers won’t be ready for the April 5 season opener. The left- and right-field bleachers are being replaced as part of a five-year overhaul of the ballpark that turned 100 last season. President of business operations Crane Kenney said Saturday that the left-field bleachers won’t be ready until...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Sox Prospect Rizzo: 'Cubs Win Division'

Rizzo Returns To Fenway As A Padre (FenwayNation Photo)Anthony Rizzo was not known for ostentatious displays when he was a rising star in the Red Sox minor league system. He was actually kind of a quiet guy. Not any longer. According to multiple media reports, Rizzo is flat out predicting his Chicago Cubs will win the NL Central Title this year. That's right—just as seen in the...
Via FenwayNation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo thinks the Cubs will win the 2015 World Series

Apparently, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo isn’t aware of what showing a ridiculous amount of confidence can to do an annually tortured fanbase like that of the Cubs. Speaking at a stop on the Cubs caravan on Thursday, Rizzo expressed optimism about the Cubs not only winning the NL Central in 2015, but also winning the World Series. Via ESPN Chicago… “It’s going...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Sammy Sosa is still persona non grata at the Cubs Convention

Each year, the Chicago Cubs put on an event called Cubs Convention that draws an inordinate amount of fans and draws a ton of media attention. 39 current Cubs players and 25 former players will be at the event, including Jon Lester, Joe Maddon, Anthony Rizzo, and Starlin Castro. For a full list, check out the Cubs’ website. One name that won’t be there? Sammy Sosa. The former...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Starlin Castro questioned following nightclub shooting

It seems like just yesterday that Starlin Castro was questioned (or not) after a nightclub shooting in his native Dominican Republic and deemed to be, simply, “in the wrong place at the wrong time”. Now, the Chicago Cubs All-Star is being questioned in connection with another nightclub shooting. Ok, again. #Cubs Starlin Castro was detained by the authorities for questioning...
Via Hall of Very Good
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Are we entering the era of the Chicago Cubs? I’m speaking, of course, about the Cubs that are favored at 12/1 odds to win the 2015 World Series, not the club that hasn’t won one since 1908. So why the sudden surge? Signing Jon Lester has had the biggest impact on the changing odds. Yet, he’s far from the only one. There was widespread heartbreak and smear campaigning from...
Via The Sports Post
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

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