The Waiting Game

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In a time when the temperature here in Chicago is lower than some parts of Alaska and Greenland, we sure could use some hot stove action.  Alas, nothing has really happened for the Cubs or most other MLB clubs since before Christmas, and we can’t exactly make up news where Continue reading The Waiting Game

The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Voting

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The holidays have been relatively boring in the baseball world, so we continue to wait to see what teams like our Chicago Cubs will do to prepare for 2018.  In the meantime, the indispensable Ryan Thibodaux has continued his holiday tradition of tallying public Baseball Hall of Fame ballots from Continue reading The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Voting

Holiday Shopping For Cubs and MLB: Welcome to December (UPDATES)

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It’s December, when we long for the extended holiday break and some extra news as MLB clubs restock and retool for 2018.  The major pieces of news seem to be focused on two players in Giancarlo Stanton, who is possibly on the cusp of being traded by his apparently cash-strapped Continue reading Holiday Shopping For Cubs and MLB: Welcome to December (UPDATES)

Someday Giancarlo Stanton Will Escape Miami

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The Cubs are laying low for the time being in advance of the Winter Meetings and Friday’s contract tender announcements, and are likely going to be in on the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes.  It’s hard to know when the first major domino will drop, as I believe most teams are trying Continue reading Someday Giancarlo Stanton Will Escape Miami

What the Cubs Should Tell Shohei Ohtani (UPDATE)

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Not too long after the Black Friday thoughts, it was reported that the agent for Shohei Ohtani was distributing a questionnaire to every MLB club: Ohtani, 23, requested explanations in English and Japanese, if possible, through his agent Nez Balelo. Ohtani is asking teams to identify his strengths and weaknesses Continue reading What the Cubs Should Tell Shohei Ohtani (UPDATE)

Cubs Season is Over; On To the Postseason!

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Every game started and ended around the same time on Sunday, the final day of the 2017 MLB regular season.  As we look on to postseason baseball, in which every player on every contender knows they have a shot but also realize that a weird bounce or a hot bat Continue reading Cubs Season is Over; On To the Postseason!

The 2017 Postseason is Set

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We as Cubs fans have been relaxing all weekend, but there will be very little suspense on Sunday, and no game 163 this year.  That’s because on Saturday night, the seedings were officially decided, and Sunday’s games are just for the fans now. In the American League, because the Houston Continue reading The 2017 Postseason is Set

Taking It Easy Until We Have to Clench Again

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Having clinched the division with four games left to play, the Chicago Cubs ran out their junior varsity squad as they get ready to return home to Wrigley Field.  Other than personally eliminating the Cardinals completely from postseason play, the Cubs don’t have much more to play for now, and Continue reading Taking It Easy Until We Have to Clench Again

Slumps, Inconsistency, and Urgency

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Perhaps it is because the Milwaukee Brewers made a voodoo doll of Javier Baez, or maybe it was because I tempted fate one too many times in making light of the dwindling NL Central lead, but the Chicago Cubs just got swept in a series against their closest division rival, Continue reading Slumps, Inconsistency, and Urgency

Coming Down From a High

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Well then, a day after the nicest win of the year, the Chicago Cubs (you know, the defending World Series Champions and blah blah blah) dropped a clunker against the Philadelphia Phillies to lose the series and finish up a 3-3 road trip.  They did win the season series, of Continue reading Coming Down From a High