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Chicago Baseball Round-Up: Opening Week worries

Let’s overreact to the first week of baseball! The White Sox are 2-4 and scuffled plenty in Kansas City, but started pulling it together over the weekend, winning their last two games against Minnesota. The Cubs are steady, swinging and missing more than they’d like but their pitching staff has yet to yield more than five runs in a game and it’s allowed their bats to play catch-up. So, a quick round-up of l ...

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Javier Baez needs to practice patience in Iowa

Oh boy. I’d place this into the Last-Thing-Javier-Baez-Needed Column: Last wednesday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon disputed a report floating around Twitter that scuffling Cubs infielder Javier Baez had been informed he made the 25-man roster, likely landing in the Cubs’ Opening Day lineup. Maddon went on to say that neither he nor the Cubs front office had made any such guarantees to the young super-slugger. Mo ...

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While Bryant tempts Cubs fans, management should hold off on Opening Day debut

Kris Bryant will not be clanging home runs off the empty right center field void where bleachers should be against the Cardinals on Opening Day. He won’t even be in the same state. If the Cubs can restrain themselves from inserting Bryant right into the middle of their lineup to start the season, just by waiting a few weeks, they will be able to gain an entire extra year of contractual control through the y ...

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Chicago Cubs announce ’15 broadcast schedule.

In what is the beginning of what many Cubs fan hope and (finally) expect to be a fruitful season for the Cubbie faithful; the team has announced it's broadcasting dates for the fans to get a early glimpse of the future. According to the press release by the teams official website, nearly every Chicago Cubs Spring Training game will be available by either television, radio, or internet broadcast. That includ ...

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Chicago Cubs celebrate 30 years of the Cubs Convention

It's here Cubs fans, it's finally here. The 2015 Cubs Convention kicks-off tonight at the Sheraton in Chicago and will begin with the annual Opening Ceremony. But this year's Convention will be filled with excitement due to the Cubs highly-touted prospects and new free agent signings. https://twitter.com/aimee0626/status/555581190246522881 Here's the schedule: Friday, January 16th 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Open ...

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Cubs trade Arodys Vizcaino to the Braves

The Cubs announced Sunday that they have traded pitcher. Arodys Vizcaino, to the Atlanta Braves for infielder, Tommy La Stella. The Cubs also received Braves' No. 4 international signing bonus slot while Atlanta acquired slots 2, 3, and 4 from the Cubs. La Stella is left-handed hitting infielder who played in 93 games in 2014 as a rookie with the Braves. He batted .251 with a .328 on-base percentage. After ...

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Chicago Cubs year in review – Starting pitching

Cubs pitching had a little bit of everything in 2014. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The good with Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks, the bad with Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson continued to be ugly. I would say something about the progress of Jeff Samardzija, but he pitched his way out of my piece. Here are my thoughts on Jason Hammel, thanks for being a top-10 for the Cubs and helping us get Addison Russel ...

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Alfonso Soriano has decided to call it quits

Outfielder Alfonso Soriano announced yesterday that he has decided to retire from major league baseball after 16 seasons. Soriano stated yesterday that "he has lost the love and passion to play the same. Soriano also said right now his family is the most important aspect to him right now. Soriano did mention he is still in great shape, but his mind is not focused on baseball." Soriano is 38-years old. Last ...

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Chicago Cubs Year in review – Outfield

One of the biggest turnovers this season came in the outfield. Two out of three opening day starters ended on different teams while the third was nonexistent. What went from a weak spot something to look forward to. Over the off season, the Cubs signed four outfielders in hope that they could find the potential that other teams gave up on. Chris Coghlan (former Rookie of the Year winner) along with Ryan Swe ...

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Year in Review – Infield

Year in Review –Infield With another year in the books, the Chicago Cubs end with another losing season. Though this is most optimistic last place season you may ever find. Here is a look back on the 73-89 season, beginning with the infield. Catcher – Cubs catchers did well behind the plate, but not with the bat. As a group they hit .221, which was the lowest average among Cub position players. Welington Ca ...

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