What does the Kyle Schwarber promotion tell us about this year?


There is a lot of excitement around Chicago Cubs baseball. Another top prospect received the call a few days ago, and in his first start crushed “Major League” pitchers. There are lots of interesting ramifications of the temporary call up, Continue reading

The Cubs Can Learn From the Blackhawks


Over the past few years, Theo Epstein has been rebuilding the Chicago Cubs with the idea they were modeling themselves after the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Both are worthy franchises to model yourself after, as both Continue reading

Thoughts on Draft Strategy and Managing Risk

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The draft is a few days old at this point, and we are still years away from knowing whether the draft was a success or not. A number of experts have had positive things to say about the Cubs and Continue reading

The Cubs’ Quietly Surprising Draft of 2015


The  Chicago Cubs’ draft turned out predictably if you look at the first ten picks on the surface. An advanced college bat in the first round, and then six more pitchers. This formula is what the Cubs have had under Continue reading

Chicago Cubs Sign Rafael Soriano (UPDATE: They’re on the Clock)

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17:  Rafael Soriano of the Washington Nationals looks on during his introduction press conference on January 17, 2013 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

You wanted juicy?  You got it.  The Chicago Cubs just signed veteran reliever Rafael Soriano to a minor league deal: Rafael Soriano has a minor league with Cubs. It's for $4.1M prorated base with up to $4M in bonuses for Continue reading

Cubs Will Buy in 15, But Probably from Bargain Bin


As the draft approaches, and subsequently passes, the hot stove is going to turn up again as teams take a look at where they are.  For the first time in six years, the Cubs can look at themselves and feel Continue reading

Tradition is Just Stuff You’re Used To

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I was used to Wrigley Field not having video replay boards. I was used to a game schedule with many more day games than night games. I was used to the fact that the National League doesn’t have a designated Continue reading

Dreamcast 49 (not 48): Rice is an Idiot


Alright, so I failed hard there because I forgot to put Episode 48 (see here) in the “Podcast” category, and mistakenly thought we were on 48 instead of 49. That’s pretty much Carlos Marmol, I guess, in that vintage Marmol Continue reading

The Roster Shuffle is Coming


The Chicago Cubs are off to their best start in seven years, and they are not even at full strength. Justin Grimm has not pitched all season, though he is on the way back and will be back soon. Grimm Continue reading

Corey Black Adds to List of Power Arms for Cubs Bullpen

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Early in this major league season, the Cubs have had some issues with injuries in the bullpen.  Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez are both on the shelf, which has caused overuse of the reliable Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon.  It’s Continue reading