Pre-Cactus League Opener Cubs Thoughts

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The Chicago Cubs open the Cactus League exhibition season with split-squad action against the Bay Area teams.  While we’re waiting, the scribes of Chicago sports media are working tirelessly to give us random bits of news. On James Shields and Joe Maddon I guess Patrick Mooney was hanging around the Continue reading Pre-Cactus League Opener Cubs Thoughts

Hey, they had to tear it down sometime…

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In case you needed any reminding, the Chicago Cubs start Cactus League play on Thursday.  The initial rotation is here courtesy of Carrie Muskat.  And there’s some more good news: @Cubs Cactus League schedule begins in 48 hrs. will have free audio webcast coverage at 2 pm CT Thu Continue reading Hey, they had to tear it down sometime…

The Integrity of the Game? What Integrity?

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Since new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred took over, the question of how he would handle the Pete Rose situation and if he would be considered for reinstatement has been brought up numerous times.There are numerous fans on both sides of this argument; some say off the field antics should not Continue reading The Integrity of the Game? What Integrity?

Will Lester have a Personal Catcher?

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When Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer signed David Ross to be the new backup catcher on the Chicago Cubs, everyone assumed that he wold be Jon Lester‘s personal catcher. That is what I assumed when he was still a free agent. I saw how well Lester pitched while Ross was Continue reading Will Lester have a Personal Catcher?

Oh yeah? Project this!

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Based on all kinds of projections, the Chicago Cubs are poised to at least make it to .500 in 2015 even if they fall short of the playoffs. Based on our Cubs fan hearts, the Cubs will fulfill the prophecy set forth by Back to the Future Part II. When Continue reading Oh yeah? Project this!

Taking Spring Training Requests

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It’s been a while since I’ve had some time to square away for a post.  I write for a living and the January/February months are particularly onerous every year.  Ready to jump back and talk Cubs baseball as spring training games approach! Most people get all excited about pitchers and Continue reading Taking Spring Training Requests

Bryant to Play the Outfield in Spring Training

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The debate about what to do with Kris Bryant heated up again yesterday when Joe Maddon brought up his plans for the kid in Spring Training this year. Maddon says Bryant will be used at third and in outfield this spring. — Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) February 23, 2015 If you Continue reading Bryant to Play the Outfield in Spring Training

Manny Being Manny Comes to Wrigley

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Last season, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer thought that hiring Manny Ramirez to be a hitting coach for the Iowa Cubs would be a great idea, much to the chagrin to some fans of the Chicago Cubs. They did not want anything to do with the man who was covered Continue reading Manny Being Manny Comes to Wrigley

Castro Goes to Camp

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  Today is the day that Spring Training starts for real. Pitchers and Catchers arrived a week ago, and while some position players were already there, today is the day that they really need to show up. One of the most notable (though they all are) was Starlin Castro who was Continue reading Castro Goes to Camp

Teaching Respect

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With spring training ramping up, we’re treated to a daily round of Maddonisms from our new Chicago Cubs manager, Joe Maddon: Schlitter and other #Cubs can keep their long hair. Says @CubsJoeMadd: “We have some great hair on this team — really good hair” — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 22, Continue reading Teaching Respect