Leave Maddon Alone

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I wish I had been at the Cubs Convention this weekend. My family and I were making plans to go out of town when the tickets to the Convention went on sale. Things changed, and we are actually in town, and I would have liked to have attended in this Continue reading Leave Maddon Alone

Joe Maddon Will Not Cure What Ails the Cubs

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Removing ourselves from the pep rally press conference introducing Joe Maddon as the new manager of the Cubs by a day, one thing remains true about this team…they’re not ready to compete as constructed. That shouldn’t be an insane statement.  After all, today is the first day of free agency.  There Continue reading Joe Maddon Will Not Cure What Ails the Cubs

Bullpen Use Baffling Rick Renteria

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Allow me to preface all of this by saying that managing a bullpen is very difficult for a manager. Relievers need off-days, they need to be used fairly consistently, they might have minor arm issues that allow them to work, but on a strict pitch limit…the list of things that Continue reading Bullpen Use Baffling Rick Renteria

Road to Opening Day: #41

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Pitchers and catchers have reported, and now everyone else will report today with the first full squad workout tomorrow.  You can follow our countdown to Opening Day in Pittsburgh here. Managers Come and Managers Go… The Cubs have had more managers in their history than I care to keep track Continue reading Road to Opening Day: #41

Winds of Change, Uncertainty Blow Around 2014 Cubs Convention

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This year’s annual opportunity for adult fans to complain ask questions to the team’s leadership and for children to get autographs, pictures, and souvenirs from their favorite Cubs players (past, present and future), was held in Chicago at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers this weekend.  Not much new information was Continue reading Winds of Change, Uncertainty Blow Around 2014 Cubs Convention

Anatomy of a Franchise

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There were times in the early days of the Ricketts family ownership where fans (myself included) might have thought that they didn’t know what they were doing.  Maybe that is still true to an extent today.  The Cubs had a small front office, possibly the smallest in the majors.  They Continue reading Anatomy of a Franchise

WHY Dale Sveum is no longer our Manager for 2014 as expected?

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In the beginning of the 2013 Cubs season it seemed like Dale Sveum lacked the fire and ispirational style a manager that would benefit young athletes. At times I thought he would stick with starters too long, before going to the bullpen. Although, April was so difficult with our bullpen Continue reading WHY Dale Sveum is no longer our Manager for 2014 as expected?

In the Wake of Dale Sveum’s Dismissal, Cubs Name Zombie Earl Weaver New Manager

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Just now, the Chicago Cubs announced that they had dismissed Dale Sveum as manager after two very disappointing seasons on the North Side.  Despite being well-liked and not really all that terrible, Sveum was unable to help youngsters like Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo take the next step, and therefore Continue reading In the Wake of Dale Sveum’s Dismissal, Cubs Name Zombie Earl Weaver New Manager

The Empty Feeling At the End

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The Cubs just lost, which means the Cardinals will be guaranteed home-field advantage through the National League portion of the playoffs.  The good news?  The Cubs kept their no-hitter destruction streak alive.  They didn’t score in every single game (including the season finale), but at least they didn’t become a Continue reading The Empty Feeling At the End

Catching up with the Cubs

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I suppose I should apologize for the lack of activity on our blog lately.  You know how we don’t actually get paid for this and how our real lives get in the way, but for my job, if you know what it is, it’s a hell of a lot more Continue reading Catching up with the Cubs