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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Rogers: ‘Run differential’ is becoming Cubs’ favorite phrase

At this point, observers might think the opposite is true—teams have to go through the Cubs—as the numbers point to a run-scoring and run-prevention pace that is unprecedented in the history of the game. The Cubs have scored 93 more runs than their opponents through the first 26 games. It is the greatest differential through 26 games since 1905 and puts them on pace to shatter the all-time record of plus-411 set by the 1939 New York Yankees. Of course, they’ll slow down, won’t they? If not, they’ll outscore the opposition by a whopping 579 runs over the course of 162 games.

Next up is the second best team in the majors.

McCoy Posted: May 05, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, greatest team

Tuesday, May 03, 2016


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jake Arrieta sounds off on Cubs future, PED rumblings: ‘Some people are idiots’

A little late on this story.

Sorry about the paucity of links the last few days. A family member has been dealing with a medical issue the last few days and I’ve been busy providing support. Luckily she’s now fine and her prognosis is good.

I’ve heard players, and I’m talking about some of the best players in the league,’’ Arrieta told USA TODAY Sports, “question whether I’ve taken steroids or not. Some of the things I hear are pretty funny, and some people are idiots, frankly.

“I’ll see on Twitter, ‘My close source revealed to me he’s on steroids.’ Well, the 10 tests I take a year say otherwise. I eat plants. I eat lean meat. I work out. And I do things the right way.

“If there are guys still on it, I hope they get caught. I care about the integrity of the game. I wouldn’t want to disappoint my family, my friends, my fans. That’s a huge motivating factor in doing it the right way.

“There are so many people that are counting on you, and leaning on all of us in this clubhouse to do some special things for the city of Chicago. To jeopardize that by taking banned substances, would be a ridiculous mistake.’’

He laughs at the cynicism and innuendo, without displaying the slightest hint of anger.

“Hey, that’s one of the best compliments you can give a guy,’’ he says. “I appreciate the fact that you think I’m pretty good, but taking steroids, that’s pushing it.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, peds

Let’s just put the coronation of the Cubs on hold a minute | FOX Sports

We interrupt the coronation of the Cubs to remind you that that the NL Central features two other contenders with powerful offenses.

Yes, the Cubs already lead the Pirates by three games and the Cardinals by 3½; neither of the trailing clubs is pitching as well as expected, while the Cubs rank second in the NL in ERA.

The race, however, remains intriguing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Monday, April 25, 2016

AP: Cubs fan says arrest on field after no hitter was ‘worth it’

America!

Dylan Cressy tells The Chicago Tribune he handed his wallet and phone to a friend and scouted his route before the last out was called Thursday night in Cincinnati.

The 22-year-old Indiana University student then jumped over a railing, ran past an officer and began jumping up and down with Cubs players. Cressy patted Arrieta on the head before an officer dragged him away. He was charged with criminal trespass.

Cressy describes the game as “pure joy.”

His father wasn’t thrilled when his son called him from jail. But when Michael Cressy found out why he was arrested he was proud. He says “It took some guts.”

JEe (Jason) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, douchebag, fans, idiot

Friday, April 22, 2016

Jake Arrieta throws no-hitter against Reds | MLB.com

Congrats to Arrieta and the Cubs!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 12:07 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jason Heyward blitzed with N-word taunts from Cardinals fans in return to Busch Stadium

Jason Heyward’s return to St. Louis was marred with racial slurs.

In addition to booing, ESPN crowd mics picked up multiple Cardinals fans yelling the N-word at the new Chicago Cubs right fielder, who played last season for the Redbirds.

Heyward — who signed an eight-year, $184 million contract in the offseason — spent just one year with St. Louis.

Sadly, fans who who felt slighted by his so-called betrayal, felt booing wasn’t enough to get their point across.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, jason heyward, racism

Ex-Cardinal Heyward is where he wanted to be

Once all of his suitors made their financially generous overtures, it became clear to outfielder Jason Heyward that no matter what baubles and clauses the Cardinals were willing to add they could never offer what he truly wanted.

They didn’t play in Chicago.

They didn’t have the Cubs’ young players.

“It came down to Chicago was really where I would like to be at the time,” Heyward said Monday. The Cardinals “made a trade for me. They traded a couple good pieces. I feel like they had every intention of keeping me here. They said that. And they followed that through with their actions. It didn’t come down to contract. Whether it was the opt-out, whether it was the full no-trade (clause), or what have you — it came down to taking the opportunity to be where I wanted to be and for the first time in my life having the choice.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, jason heyward

Sunday, April 17, 2016

WGN: Kevin Costner Wants to Make a Movie About the Cubs

Costner, who starred in two of the most famous baseball movies ever, “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams,” told King he is hoping to make another.

“I’ve got one more in me,” Costner said.

When King pressed him to elaborate, the actor replied, “It has to do with the Cubs.”

Costner said he wasn’t sure if he’d follow through on the project, but said “I’ve got to get it written.”

McCoy Posted: April 17, 2016 at 11:34 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, movies

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Look at Cubs’ underground lair reveals lavish new digs

Celebration room with strobe lights and disco ball?  Celebration room with strobe lights and disco ball.

The Cubs dug deep — 40 feet or thereabouts — for their new underground digs at Wrigley Field.

They wouldn’t reveal, however, how deep Chairman Tom Ricketts dug into the club’s pockets to fund the team’s new 30,000-square-foot clubhouse project that features a Las Vegas-like players lounge, hyperbaric chambers, a 3,800-square-foot training room, new weight room and rehab facilities.

Perry Posted: April 13, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hubris

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The return of Javier Baez and how Cubs are prepared for next wave of injuries | CSN Chicago

Next man up!

Baez hit in the middle of Triple-A Iowa’s lineup on Monday night, with Cubs manager Joe Maddon saying the organization would like to see him get around 20 or 25 at-bats before joining the big-league club.

That could happen as soon as this week’s opening homestand at Wrigley Field — or once Baez gets his timing down after a left thumb injury prevented him from making the Opening Day roster.

The Cubs plan to move Baez around the infield and the outfield with Iowa, grooming another versatile player to help fill the void with Schwarber awaiting surgery to repair the torn ACL and LCL in his left knee.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Weight: Refurbished Cubs team returns to renovated Wrigley Field - Chicago Tribune

Who doesn’t love rats in the work place?

Still, some of the old standbys will be missed. Hammel joked he would miss the rats, the ones former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen often referred to when describing Wrigley as a “dump.” Hammel confirmed Guillen’s stories are not the stuff of urban legend.

“The rats were mostly in the storage areas back behind where the lockers are,” he said. “But one thing I won’t miss, if and when we’re celebrating, is I won’t have a puddle of booze puddled up in front of my locker. There were some low spots in the old clubhouse.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field, wrigley field renovation

Friday, April 08, 2016

Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber goes on disabled list | MLB.com

Well, this just sucks.

Kyle Schwarber, injured in a collision in the outfield on Thursday, will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to fully torn ACL and LCL ligaments in his left leg, as well as a severely sprained left ankle, the club informed reporters before Friday’s game against the D-backs.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 07:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Cubs Rizzo knocks in 6, but Schwarber injured | MLB.com

Dexter Fowler somehow escaped injury.

It was not all good news for the Cubs as they watched left fielder Kyle Schwarber sprain his left ankle in an outfield collision in the second inning.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, cubs, kyle schwarber

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Chi Trib: Rosenthal: Look at what Dodgers fans don’t see on TV

The problem is SportsNet LA, which made its debut in 2014, remains unavailable across wide swaths of the Los Angeles market. Time Warner Cable launched the channel with a 25-year rights deal said to be worth about $8.35 billion. But to recoup the money it’s obligated to pay the Dodgers, it has pressed carriers for huge fees that would be costly to sports fans and nonsports fans alike.

So Dodgers telecasts are available in roughly 1.8 million L.A.-area households, mostly Time Warner Cable’s own subscribers, while the Los Angeles Times reports about 3 million homes in the metropolitan area are left in the lurch.

This can’t be good in the long term.

Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: April 06, 2016 at 06:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Theo Epstein ready to make the big deal when Cubs need pitching | CSN Chicago

“It has to be the right opportunity,” Epstein said near the end of spring training in Arizona. “It’s not going to be a deal where we just sell out for the moment.

“It has to be someone that fits — both for now and probably for the long-term if it’s going to be a bigger deal. But we’re very open to it. We understand we’re a little bit deeper, a little bit better positioned with our position players and with our pitchers.

“It’s certainly something that we talk about every day.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

Monday, April 04, 2016


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-31-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 31, 1916:

Strawberry shortcake was blamed by Manager Tinker of the Cubs for the many defeats handed to the team, according to statements he made [at New Orleans] today. Tinker says the chef at the training camp told that Cubs were eating double orders of the pastry. “Next year it will be tabooed,” said Tinker.

Yeah, well, it figures that Johnny Evers’s mortal enemy would be opposed to the ingestion of junk food.

100 years ago today in saddled burro news, Pat’s Corral in Phoenix has both burros and saddles for sale.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 31, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dugout, history, joe tinker

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Monday, March 28, 2016

Is the secret to Kris Bryant’s success ... his dad?

Mostly a puff piece, though it’s much more about Kris Bryant’s dad, Mike, than Kris.  Mike appears to have a bit of crazy parent thing going on:

MIKE WONDERS IF he sounds nuts. He traveled to 30 games last season, threw to Kris in the Home Run Derby and became an associate scout for the Cubs. He’s got a business card. It’s not a full-time job, but he gets $250 if a kid he recommends is signed to a contract. Adidas, which endorses Kris, is backing Mike on a youth team in Vegas. He has a lot of new shoes. He lives vicariously through his son, he admits, “just like you’re not supposed to do.”

Yes, he sounds nuts.

MIKE WAS THERE when Kris hit his first over-the-fence home run. Kris was 8. As his boy rounded third base, Mike greeted him, scooped him off the ground and wrapped him in a hug. He knew Kris was a special kind of talent. He could see it in his pensive blue eyes, in the way he translated instruction into action at the plate, as if he were a decade older. Mike knew what he had was rare, and he understood he would have to train his son differently.

“Pro batting practice” started at 11, with Mike making Kris use the entire field to create hits. During games, Mike would bench Kris, at least for the first inning but sometimes two or three. The pair talked strategy while the other kids played. He wanted his son to see the game, not just be in it. Mike also took to putting Kris at the bottom of the batting order. Two hits that day and Kris could move up one spot. After games, Mike would find the team’s scorekeeper and scrutinize his son’s numbers. He changed every one of Kris’ infield hits to outs. Derek Jeter would have made those plays, Mike told his 12-year-old.

The idea was simple: Kris needed to earn everything.

Moses Taylor, Optimist Posted: March 28, 2016 at 03:09 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, parents

Monday, March 21, 2016


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Contreras has look of Cubs’ catcher of the future | Chicago Sun-Times

The Cubs are busting out all over.

“I think he’s got as much ability as anybody at that position,” said the Cubs’ catching coach. “He’s the kind of athletic, strong, strong-armed, powerful-legged, young catcher that you don’t come across very often.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2016 at 07:30 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, willson contreras

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

MUNENORI KAWASAKI AND THE HISTORY OF RACIAL MASCOTS

The Cubs, who’ve become known for having one of the more relaxed camps in the game, indulged in some Spring Training levity, donning headbands featuring the phrase “Just Win” in Japanese, and went about their team warmups to the sound of some pop hits. That’s when the day truly veered into the queasy: “Kung Fu Fighting” and “Gangnam Style” blared from speakers as the Cubs did their kinetic warmups. If you think about it even for a little bit of time, that doesn’t really make any sense, unless you’re willing to group all Asian cultures together in one big “foreign” pot, thereafter to serve as a theme.

Maddon acknowledged the infringement upon political correctness that the sequence of events posed, in a preemptive strike against the thinkpieces that would surely flurry soon after. “Political correctness has been at an all-time high over the last couple of decades,” Jesse Spector quoted Maddon as saying, “We’re not trying to hurt anybody, it was all in fun.” Other teammates and coaches summed up the situation by commenting on Kawasaki’s outstanding character and echoing their manager’s sentiments. Kris Bryant said that Kawasaki is “hilarious,” praised the new Cub’s desire to learn, and called the song routine “one of [Bryant’s] favorite skits that [he’s] ever seen here.”

While there’s no reason not to believe Maddon’s “we’re only having fun” assertion—Kawasaki reportedly consented to the antics, and in fact organized the headbands—Maddon’s dismissal of political correctness still rings a bit hollow, considering the Cubs’ and Major League Baseball’s uneasy relationship with its relatively few Asian and Asian-American players, as well as the history of teams and fandoms pigeonholing players of color into mascot-like roles

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, japanese, munenori kawasaki, race in baseball

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Arrieta, Cubs talking extension

He’s only going to get more expensive after this year’s 30-1, 0.87 ERA.

Arrieta and Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein recently discussed parameters for an extension, but nothing is imminent. ... Arrieta insisted that a longer-term deal would have to be for six or seven years, as there would be no point in a three- to four-year contract that would take him only a year or two past free agency. Arrieta has two seasons remaining before he reaches free agency.[\blockquote]

Walt Davis Posted: March 09, 2016 at 09:54 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrietta

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Cubs’ Addison Russell getting power surge from leg kick - Chicago Tribune

Addison Russell with power? The Cubs lineup won’t be fair.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs

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