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Chicago Cubs hire Manny Ramirez as hitting consultant

Manny is back! The Chicago Cubs announce via press release that the organization has hired Manny Ramirez as a hitting consultant. The 42-year-old Ramirez joined the club's Triple-A affiliate Iowa Cubs last year as a player-coach last season. According to the release, Ramirez will work with the major and minor league hitters throughout the season. He will focus on fundamental and mental aspects of hitting. C ...

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Kevin Youkilis to join the Cubs as a special assistant

Kevin Youkilis is returning to Chicago. The Cubs announced on Wednesday that Youkilis will join the team as a special assistant to Theo Epstein. The 35-year-old Youkilis spent last year playing in Japan and played with the Boston Red Sox from 2004-12. Youkilis also spent time with the Chicago White Sox in 2012. The Cubs continue to expand the front office with former players, adding Youkilis to the list tha ...

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Seven Chicago Cubs prospects ranked in BP top 100

The Chicago Cubs farm system is loaded and it continues to get national attention. First ESPN's Keith Law ranked it the No. 1 farm system in the MLB, along with Kris Bryant being named Law's top prospect for the upcoming season. Now Baseball Prospectus has ranked seven Cubs prospects in the Top 101. There's a little surprise near the top of the list as well, as shortstop Addison Russell was ranked No. 2 ove ...

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WGN releases 2015 Chicago Cubs hype video

Each year WGN produces a video prior to the start of the season to 'pump' fans up. Now recently, there hasn't been much excitement from the video but times are changing. I can honestly say this is probably the most exciting video I've seen from WGN since prior to the 2009 season where the Cubs were coming off an NL Central title. I can also admit that seeing Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Ryne Sanberg and listenin ...

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Keith Law ranks Chicago Cubs farm system #1 in baseball

ESPN's Keith Law has released his annual MLB farm system rankings for all 30 MLB teams and there's a familiar face at the top. Law ranks the Cubs system #1 in baseball led by star prospects Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber. It's not really a surprise the Cubs have the #1 system, especially after acquiring shortstop prospect Russell last season from Oakland. Chicago has already se ...

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Recapping the 2015 Chicago Cubs Convention

Ah, what a weekend. The Chicago Cubs hosted their 30th annual Cubs Convention this weekend and something was just different about it. The atmosphere was unlike any other convention since 2008 or 2009 and that's a good thing. It means excitements in the air and the fans are ready to hear "Play Ball" on April 5th. I attended the Cubs Convention this year to get some more insight on the team, front office and ...

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Chicago Cubs acquire outfielder Dexter Fowler

https://twitter.com/MLBBruceLevine/status/557201003876216833 The Chicago Cubs are close to acquiring center fielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros according to a report by Bruce Levine. The speculation of Fowler to the Cubs began last week and now the Cubs look like they may have their guy. In return, the Cubs will give up infielder Luis Valbuena and  minor league pitcher Dan Straily.  The Cubs acqui ...

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Anthony Rizzo guarantees the Cubs win the NL Central this year

https://twitter.com/Schumouse/status/555823238635208704 Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo just made the prediction of the year so far. Rizzo spoke with the media at Jacob Elementary School as part of a stop on the Cubs Caravan Thursday, and he had some big words. Rizzo guaranteed the Cubs would make the playoffs this season as NL Central Champions. "We're going to win the N.L.. Central and you can qu ...

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Report: Chicago Cubs sign David Ross

Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Chicago Cubs will sign catcher David Ross to a 2-year, $5 million deal. The former Red Sox catcher was mulling a decision to return to the team or join a new team. Earlier reports suggested that Ross could sign with the Padres, who just acquired Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves. The 37-year-old catcher hit just .184 for the Red Sox last year in 171 plate ap ...

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New Cubs pithcer Jon Lester appears on Sports Illustrated

Jon Lester is already a star in Chicago. Just a week after it was announced the Cubs and the free agent pitcher agreed to a six-year deal worth $155 million, the hype surrounding the team has skyrocketed. Now Lester is set to appear on the new issue of Sports Illustrated dawning a Cubs hat as he stares into your eyes. The cover reads "The Lester Factor" and details how the Cubs odds to win the World Series ...

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