A really nice article about a guy who sounds really great and his miracle sister. Keep the tissues handy.
Every fan base lost some of its happiness from the preseason, save one: the Chicago Cubs, who increased their sentiment score by a bit. The Cubs have not only been contenders in the crowded National League Central, they have also seen a number of top prospects called up, most notably Kris Bryant (but also Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber). Not only are the Cubs contending a little earlier than expected — the future is even brighter.
All other teams’ fans have become much less happy since ...
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Bryant appears locked in.
Why can’t the Red Sox get great GMs like Theo Epstein?
“The similarities are their vision and the way they’re able to think outside-the-box,” Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez said. “It’s pretty similar. ‘Zim’ was feistier. Joe is calmer. But the way they go about thinking, about doing different things, is similar.”
Joe Maddon has been talking playoffs since spring training, and now the Cubs season ticket holders have been contacted about the possibility of buying tickets for the postseason.
Season ticket holders have until Sept. 8 to pay for a full slate of tickets for a wild-card game on Oct. 7, the National League Division Series, the National League Championship Series and the World Series.
Tickets for the wild-card game and division series range from $45 (upper deck reserved outfield) to $160 (club ...
Lester is not the ace in Chicago.
It’s like a little league game.
Sale matched a career high with 15 strikeouts while pitching seven scoreless innings, and the White Sox snapped the crosstown Cubs’ nine-game win streak with a 3-1 victory on Sunday.
Somebody picked a weird time to give up drinking.
Schwarber got a taste—almost literally—of the Cubs/Sox rivalry when a fan threw a beer can at him during the Cubs’ 6-3 win on Saturday, their ninth consecutive victory.
“A tallboy,” Schwarber said, laughing afterwards. “And it wasn’t even drunk all the way.
Rick Sutcliffe said about Schwarber, “Obviously he prefers to be at AAA catching because that’s what he prefers for his career.” I call bullshit!
Amazing play by Rizzo of course, but I was surprised it was ruled a legal catch. My understanding has always been than a player can jump into the stands and catch the ball in the air, but he can’t plant his foot on the wall and then jump into the stands to make a catch. And I’m surprised he was allowed to climb on the tarp. At the same time, the rules (shockingly), aren’t entirely clear (see text after the jump).
Schwarber started in left field for the fifth consecutive game Wednesday.
“I’ve got to get him back there at some point. I don’t want him to lose all that good work that he’s done,” said Maddon, who might hold David Ross back Sunday to use Schwarber against lefty Chris Sale, with Dan Haren pitching for the Cubs.
“He’s made so much progress with it.”
Schwarber has made 12 starts behind the plate for the Cubs after catching 52 games in the minors this season.
Did his agent help Castro?
“Sometimes a change of scenery is good for everybody.”
Kinzer wasn’t making any demands, just openly wondering where it has gone wrong for Castro. Maddon hopes he can find his groove again, but Addison Russell is the Cubs’ shortstop now and for the future.
“Addy looks like the guy everyone thought he would be,” Maddon said. “[Prospect Javier Baez] is still getting his way back here. And Starlin, we’re trying to get him back on his feet.”
Castro hadn’t played since ...
Who would have guessed that all of the best pitching staffs came from the NL? Have fun beating up on opposing pitchers while the real teams face line-ups with 9 guys who can hit.
Castro hasn’t turned into the player many of us thought he’d be.
Castro earns his first mention on our website in Kevin Goldstein’s Top 11 Cubs’ Prospects:
“Perfect World Projection: Castro may be an above-average shortstop who doubles as a good second hitter in the lineup.”
Castro’s ascendency to the Cubs starting shortstop job occurred suddenly as he tore up the spring in 2010 and looked like he could challenge the weak incumbent, Ryan Theriot, for the job. Castro would have to ...
“I felt a little frustrated, especialy [Friday] when they told me I’m not going to play for I don’t know when,” Castro said. “In the beginning, I took it really personal. After that, I thought about it. You can’t put those guys on the bench. They’re really hot right now and I understand. I thought about it last night. I’ll do whatever I can do for the team.”
“I never put my head down,” Castro said. “I know the player I am. I’ll just keep working, keep doing my routine. I’ll get back on ...
“There’s a lot of teams that are vying for the playoffs, so I think that’ll probably mean a little bit more blocking than usual,” Hoyer said. “There’ll definitely be deals. Whether those will be big deals or not, I would probably say no, simply because I do think people are pretty active on the waiver wire and there’ll be quite a bit of blocking.”
The Cubs are good.
“They’re a talented club,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “They’ve got a lot of young talent, got a lot of good arms. You saw the arms they’ve got out of the ‘pen — good velocity, good stuff, good lineup. They’re not going anywhere. That’s a good club.”...Read More...
Maddon when asked if fans should temper their expectations with the Cubs in the playoff race for the first time in years: “I’m not into temperance, I guess.”
Gordon Wittenmeyer is not a doctor, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.
It’s called attention deficit disorder, or ADD.
“I know what it is,” Starlin Castro said.
That doesn’t mean the Cubs’ shortstop wants to know anything more than that about the subject.
Throughout Castro’s career, mental lapses, moments of lost focus and inexplicable errors on routine plays have raised speculation among fans, scouts and even some in his organization – including the clubhouse — ...
No one who saw Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta last year is surprised at what’s he has become. Maybe the bigger surprise is how his teammates have come along with him. The Cubs won their sixth straight game, 5-0, over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday as Arrieta was magnificent on the mound again.
Scott Walker’s Super PAC “Unintimidated” raked in the biggest donation from a sports-associated contributor. The Ricketts family — the owners of the Chicago Cubs baseball team — tossed $5 million dollars to the Super PAC backing the Wisconsin governor. Joe gave $100,000, his wife Marlene gave $4.9 million in contributions and their son Todd gave almost $2,500. According to Forbes, the family is worth nearly $4.5 billion.
Just when I was beginning to like the Cubs again :)
He’s no Carlos Silva though.
Edwin Jackson is officially a free agent, as the Cubs released the veteran right-hander after designating him for assignment last week.
That means Chicago is on the hook for the remaining $15 million or so on Jackson’s four-year, $52 million contract and he’s now able to sign with any team for whatever he can get.
Jackson was terrible as a starter for the Cubs in 2013 and 2014, combining to go 14-33 with a 5.58 ERA…
MLB sources confirmed to me this afternoon that the Cubs have been in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels who has three years left on his current contract plus an option year. While he is an expensive piece he fits the needs of the team to upgrade their rotation while adding a player who would be a part of the team beyond the rest of this season. The Cubs will probably add an additional starter for depth perhaps as a rental type but that is not expected to be a ...
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