The Cubs Payroll Numbers, I Think

Arrieta was nearly unhittable against the defending World Series champions. (Jared Wickerham, Getty Images)

It’s been a while since we’ve had any major news, but late Friday night, we heard from various sources that the Chicago Cubs and Jake Arrieta had settled on a contract prior to their arbitration hearing.  This is a good thing, and although many Cubs fans had hoped for an Continue reading The Cubs Payroll Numbers, I Think

Just 14 More Days


  This might be one of the longest offseasons that I can remember, despite one of the shortest in recent memory. The offseason started with a bang as three members of the Chicago Cubs won awards. Kris Bryant won the Rookie of the Year award. Joe Maddon won the National Continue reading Just 14 More Days

Anything that could help the Cubs is OK with me


By now, many of you have probably read from multiple outlets that at least some owners aren’t too fond of the tanking that many teams seem to be embracing to position themselves better as they rebuild.  It does help that the Chicago Cubs happen to be in one division where Continue reading Anything that could help the Cubs is OK with me

Who Catches For Lester?

(Photo: Anthony Souffle / Chicago Tribune)

It’s another slow news day/week/whatever, as the Chicago Cubs continue to sit around on their retooled roster and wait for spring training to begin.  That means we will have to wait as well, and in the meantime, there’s a lot of perusing the internet for other blogs and comments. One Continue reading Who Catches For Lester?

Questions Regarding the Designated Hitter

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Let’s start by revisiting my previous blog on this subject from last season, when I talked about how the National League style of play isn’t all that fun anymore: The pitcher DOES NOT HIT in most key situations after the fifth or sixth inning because the manager, the pitchers themselves, Continue reading Questions Regarding the Designated Hitter

Now THAT is How You Kick Off a Season


The 31st annual Chicago Cubs Convention has come to an end, and I must say that this was one of the best ones that I have ever been to over my 10 years of attending. The excitement level of this year’s event surpassed any other year that I can remember, Continue reading Now THAT is How You Kick Off a Season

The Best Cubs Convention, So Far


I personally haven’t been to the Cubs Convention since 2012, when it was still being held at the Hilton and the Chicago Cubs were still very bad at baseball.  We pretty much learned this weekend, straight from Theo Epstein’s mouth, that that was by design, just as he intimated all Continue reading The Best Cubs Convention, So Far

Is Wrigleyville Actually Fun?


We’re a few days from the start of the 2016 Cubs Convention, and I do hope to meet a few of you there since Ivy was nice enough to invite me to go (otherwise I’d probably have just stayed home).  The last time I was associated with anything directly Chicago Continue reading Is Wrigleyville Actually Fun?

Why Do the Cubs Still Want More Relievers?

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You can never have enough pitching is a baseball truism. Bullpens are volatile is also a common belief in baseball circles. They are also taking on greater importance in the modern game of baseball. There is just the continuing increase in the sheer number of innings thrown by relievers in Continue reading Why Do the Cubs Still Want More Relievers?

Anthony Rizzo’s Swing

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This is mostly an excuse to share three really cool gifs I found (care of @Kazuto_Yamazaki), but I’m sure you’ll pardon me for doing so as we look at the development of Anthony Rizzo‘s dangerous swing: Rizzo 2013 — Dustin Lind (@dustinlind) January 6, 2016 Rizzo 2014 — Continue reading Anthony Rizzo’s Swing