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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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Misery continues as Cubs blow nightcap to Brew Crew 3-2

Hoping to rewrite the misfortunes of game one, the Cubs positioned themselves to do just that. But in an all too familiar setting, Chicago’s pen blew their second on the day. Jake Arrieta was called up for the special occasion and rose to it. It wasn’t until the fourth that Milwaukee was able to muster up a hit. In the fifth, Juan Francisco sent one to the seats in left center, his 14th on the year. Arrieta ...

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The Cubs Trade Deadline Post-Updates All Day

Welcome to the madness! I will update this post all day as Cubs reports come piling in. Stay tuned from now until 3:00 CST. Possible Cubs on the move: Nate Schierholtz-Suitor(s): Pirates, Rangers, Royals Kevin Gregg: Suitor(s): Pirates, Tigers, Rockies James Russell: Suitor(s):Pirates Jeff Samardzija: Suitor(s): Pirates, Diamondbacks David DeJesus: Suitor(s): Pirates, Rays Cubs Updates: UPDATE 1 11:24 (7/30 ...

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