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How the Masahiro Tanaka Non-Posting Could Affect the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs off-season has been very quiet thus far making the Cubs one of the least active teams in the MLB. Theo Eptein and company could be waiting on if starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be posted or not.  The decision on Tanaka could affect the Cubs and the lack of activity on their side. To break it down: The MLB and NPB came to a decision on the new posting fee. The posting fee limit will be ...

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Cubs Managerial Search Coming to a Close; Renteria the Favorite

Late Saturday night, the Cubs saw another one of their targets to be their next manager take another job when the Tigers hired Brad Ausmus. Reports the next day came in that Ausmus was never seriously considered for the job, despite getting an interview. The team has already stated that they would like to have their manager in place by the GM meetings, which start November 11. However, the ideal target date ...

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Lovullo Should Be the Next Cubs Manager

With the GM meetings quickly approaching, the Cubs recently wrapped up preliminary interviews with four managerial candidates looking to succeed Dale Sveum. However, we have seen little movement since the front office finished the final interview, which was with current Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez. Torey Lovullo’s name has gained more and more traction, with him appearing to be the right fit. T ...

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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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