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Steve Bartman Needs to Return to Wrigley Field

You probably know the scene. On a cold night on October 14, 2003, Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo stepped to the plate. Second year ace Mark Prior was on the hill for the Cubs in the top of the 8th inning. The Cubs led the Marlins 3-0 and were up 3-2 in the series that would determine which team would represent the National League in the World Series. Castillo hit a foul ball down the left field line. ...

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Breaking Down the Cubs Managerial Candidates

With Joe Girardi out of the picture, the Cubs may not be getting their ideal candidate. However, this is a front office that has to have the trust of the fans to make the correct choice, despite failing the first time. Reports have surfaced that the Cubs are targeting a bilingual, Latin manager. This makes a lot of sense, considering a good amount of players on the team are Latino. Also, three of their top ...

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Sandberg Gets His Chance

The Chicago Cubs brought in Hall-of-Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg in 2007 to manage in their minor league system. He was promoted a class for the next two seasons and was on track to eventually become the major league manager. Sandberg thought he was going to be named the next manager of the Chicago Cubs in the 2010 offseason. Instead, the job went to Mike Quade. At the time, the decision for then-gener ...

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Is Samardzija an Ace?

Ace. Untouchable. Centerpiece. All words used to describe Jeff Samardzija. However, it is the general consensus among baseball minds as a whole that Samardzija has not lived up to those billings this season. He started off strong, posting a 3.35 ERA in April and a 2.31 ERA in May, yet in June his ERA was at 4.20 and it got progressively worse after that. In July his ERA was 5.28 and it is at an atrocious 9. ...

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Lake’s Breakthrough Leading to a Happy Problem

  Ever since his call-up to the big leagues, Junior Lake has exceeded all expectations. Despite a recent regression, Lake is still hitting .300 for the season and has a .776 OPS. He got off to a historically hot start, collecting 15 hits over his first seven career games, the most for any Cub rookie in team history. Lake has dropped off a bit in August, hitting .288, but he is 1 for 14 in his last thre ...

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Arroyo Befuddles Cubs En Route to a 5-0 Victory

Win: Bronson Arroyo (11-9) Loss: Chris Rusin (2-2) Home Runs: CIN: Todd Frazier (11) I'm going to refrain from even doing a three stars on the Cubs because today was one of, if not the worst game they have played all season and the only player even worthy is Chris Rusin (6 IP 2 ER). The team had two hits and only three base-runners and the Reds pitching staff faced only two over the minimum. Being at the ga ...

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Cubs Top 20 Prospects- Post Trade Deadline Edition (Part 2)

10. 3B Christian Villanueva Age: 22 Level: AA ETA: 2014 MLB.com ranking: 14 Double A Stats: 416 AB .262/.313/.454 31 2B 15 HR 57 RBI 4 SB I'm higher on Villanueva than most writers. Its clear that Villanueva will be in the majors in the couple of years, but the question is whether it will be with the Cubs or not. The infield is the deepest position for the Cubs and they may not have room for Villanueva. The ...

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The Anatomy of a Deadline Deal

Last week, I received an email from a friend who wanted to know what I thought of the Peavy deal: “I'm trying to figure out if the Peavy deal was fair, or if we just (screwed up) by giving him away for a bunch of guys with unproven potential.” As I began to type out an answer, I kept stopping as I thought of more and more variables that played into this particular situation. Eventually, I just wrote back “T ...

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Fundamentals absent in Cubs 6-2 loss to streaking Dodgers

It wasn’t that Dodgers southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu was unhittable. His stuff wasn’t particularly nasty or filthy. On the contrary, the Cubs' ability to drive in runners was. On a day where offense was plentiful, the Cubs fundamentals and sound defense weren’t.  In the first Adrian Gonzalez doubled on a fly to left center that Lake failed to get a jump on. Yasiel Puig did his duty knocking him in with a single to ...

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Jackson makes it rain, Cubs beat Brewers 6-1

We got a taste of the future tonight as three key players locked in for the next several years did their part to make the rain go away. Starter Edwin Jackson appeared determined as ever to let nothing get in the way of tonight’s Cub’s victory. Anthony Rizzo gave the Cubs a two run lead in the third after he took one out to center (14), plating David DeJesus. Starlin Castro would follow suit homering in the ...

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