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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Former Expos executive Jim Fanning dies at 87

Jim Fanning, the longtime Montreal Expos executive who managed the franchise to its only playoff appearance in Canada, has died. He was 87.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: April 25, 2015 at 07:18 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, expos, obituaries

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kris Bryant is starting in center field for the Cubs

A weird, but not necessarily wussy, decision.

No. 1 prospect Kris Bryant, who played exclusively third base in the minors and made his long-awaited big-league debut at third base last week, is starting in center field for the Cubs today.

Bryant got his feet wet in center field Wednesday night, shifting to the outfield from third base when Dexter Fowler left the game with a groin injury.

Fowler remains out of the lineup this afternoon against the Pirates, so manager Joe Maddon has Kris Bryant starting in center field and 30-year-old journeyman Jonathan Herrera playing third base.

The District Attorney Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:50 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Kris Bryant’s height is a perk, not a problem | FOX Sports

It also helps him reach stuff on the top of his locker.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:29 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Think Cubs should trade Castro with Addison Russell here? Think again | Chicago

Castro has looked great this year.

Castro has always seemed to genuinely want to become a great all-around player, and tried to follow the leads of each new manager, infield coach and hitting coach that came through the Cubs turnstile during his career.

Maybe the communication is better with this manager and staff. Maybe the obvious influx of better talent and the real intention of trying to win again has made a difference.

Whatever it is, Castro said he does more daily work before games in the field than he ever has. And has taken a more aggressive approach and is serious about responding to Maddon’s challenge to several of his players to go after a Gold Glove.

“I don’t want to be no joke anymore,” Castro said. “I try to make every play aggressive. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t matter.

“It’s really awesome how they talk to us. [Maddon] says the most impressive thing for him is: ‘Next year you’re in front of home plate and they give you the Gold Glove.’ I’m working hard for that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TBL: Fan at Cubs-Pirates Taken Off on Stretcher After Foul Tip Hit Her Head Through Screen [UPDATE]

Scary. Very scary.

The Pirates-Cubs game Monday night was delayed in the top of the second inning for 23 minutes after a fan walking behind the home plate netting was struck by a foul tip off the bat of Starlin Castro. This one is very rough to watch and, fingers crossed, the fan is okay. The ball did not go through the netting, per reports. ...

UPDATE: The Pirates updated the fan’s status and said she was conscious and thanking the caregivers when taken to the hospital:

JE (Jason) Posted: April 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fans, pirates

Cubs To Promote Addison Russell

Meh, we just got told Carlos Correa is a better version of A-Rod.

The Cubs will promote top infield prospect Addison Russell to the Majors, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes. It appears Russell, usually a shortstop, will play second base, where the Cubs have struggled this season.

Russell, 21, had been hitting .297/.308/.432 for Triple-A Iowa. He hit a combined .295/.350/.508 at the Class A+ and Double-A levels in 2014, spending part of the year in the Athletics’ system before they shipped him to Chicago as the key to the Cubs’ side of the Jeff Samardzija trade. Baseball Prospectus ranked Russell the No. 2 prospect in the game heading into the 2015 season, while Baseball America ranked him No. 3. MLB.com placed him at No. 5, praising his offensive game and noting that he’s received comparisons to Barry Larkin and Miguel Tejada.

The District Attorney Posted: April 21, 2015 at 12:22 AM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, minor leagues

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Friday, April 17, 2015

Statcast breaks down Jones’ homer off CC | MLB.com

Bryant went hitless with three k’s in his first game. He did make some nice plays in the field and cured cancer during infield warm-ups in the 5th inning.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 07:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Kris Bryant and Floor Versus Ceiling | FanGraphs Baseball

Here are some realistic expectations.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 11:29 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

The future is now: Bryant gets callup to big leagues | MLB.com

I will surely watch the game. Just so I don’t miss it, which inning will he walk on water?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cubs To Promote Kris Bryant

Even bigger than the Addison Russell news!

The Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant to the Major Leagues for tomorrow’s game against the Padres, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago (on Twitter)...

the Cubs opted to delay Bryant’s promotion by 12 days in order to extend their control over the phenom for an additional season.

The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 09:45 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, minor leagues

Report: Addison Russell to play 2B for the first time

Because La Stella is putting them through hell-a.

Here we go.

Maybe the Addison Russell watch can start a little sooner than we think.  According to Carrie Muskat, the Cubs “other” elite prospect will be playing 2B and batting 2nd for Iowa…

We could downplay this but in recent Cubs history under this front office, a change in position has often signaled that a promotion is at least under consideration in the near—not distant—future. Could that be the case with Russell as well?

Maybe. But let’s take it down a notch for now. The Cubs, specifically farm director Jaron Madison, have said they were going to play prospects at multiple positions and that Russell and [Javier] Baez would rotate to some extent.

Maybe it’s nothing, but it seems like a good night to catch the Iowa game and with no Cubs baseball today, it is going to be awfully hard to stop people from speculating about the team’s short term future.

And in case you are wondering, Kris Bryant is in the lineup for the first game and is playing 3B.

The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 05:01 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, minor leagues

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rise to top a family affair for Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant, Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo | MiLB.com

Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo have more in common than their prodigious power.

“The biggest piece of advice, especially as a kid, is just to enjoy it,” Gallo said. “I know it’s cliché, but just to have fun. Growing up—when you start getting that pressure that you’re going to get drafted and colleges—you kind of lose the fun in the game and why you played it in the first place. I’ve gotten it back now and I really enjoy playing it. But in high school, it was tough having scouts at every game. I think that’s one of the main things that I’d even tell young kids that are growing up right now—just have fun. Enjoy it and never take it for granted. I wish I could go back and play with some of my friends from high school again and play with Bryce Harper on the same team. We never really knew how special it was until it was over, until right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2015 at 02:13 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joey gallo, kris bryant, rangers

Soler power: Rookie smacks two homers in win | MLB.com

This guy can play.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jorge soler

Jon Lester has a long way to go to get back to being himself - Chicago Tribune

Maddon and Epstein both said before the game they weren’t concerned about Lester’s move becoming an issue. Maybe, but now Lester’s “dead arm” issue from spring training has led to a poor start to his Cubs career.

“It might take him a little while to get into a good routine yet, but I have no doubts he will,” Epstein said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester

Manny Ramirez still a big believer in Cubs prospect Javier Baez - Chicago Tribune

Manny might be the right coach to help Javier Baez.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Is criticism of Jon Lester’s pickoff move much ado about nothing?

I’m sure his opponents will work to prove whether this is a real issue or not.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Robothal: Old Hoss Epstein?

Consider an incident that occurred Thursday night, when Epstein threw out the first pitch at the home opener of the Cubs’ new affiliate in South Bend, Ind.

As this video clearly suggests, Epstein threw at Cubs’ mascot Clark the Cub.

“Clark and I have a love-hate relationship,” Epstein said. “He got a little upset at a prank I pulled a couple of spring trainings ago and has been a little distant since. “I tried to brush him back — at least move his feet with a two-seamer in off the plate. Which I did. I can’t believe he got out of the way. He moves quickly without pants on.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 11, 2015 at 01:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clark the cub, cubs, pedobear, theo epstein

Friday, April 10, 2015

The tragic extent of Monique and Milton Bradley’s violent relationship

Victim said her husband grabbed her right hand and pushed her hand against her mouth, causing her to hit herself…. Victim said her husband grabbed her cellphone from a bedroom table and threw it towards the wall. Victim said her cellphone broke into several parts…. Victim said she followed him into the hallway. Victim said her husband turned around and used his right forearm and pushed her against the wall. Victim stated his forearm was against her throat and she was having a difficult time breathing…. Victim said her husband went around the house and picked up all the cellphones, house phones, her car keys and credit cards and left.

MIKE SNAKENBORG: She was upset and crying…. She indicated to me that she was pregnant…. She had a small cut on the inside of her lip that was bleeding.5

MILTON BRADLEY: She had a busted lip…. She was threatening, “Oh, I’m going to call the police” ... and I’m like, “I’m not staying here because I didn’t do nothing.”

HARLAND BRAUN: Did you ever throw the phone at a wall or anything like that?

MILTON BRADLEY: I never threw the phone.5

MICHELLE LIM: Has [Mr. Bradley prevented you from calling the police] in the past?

MONIQUE BRADLEY: He’ll take my cellphone and the house phones, and when he doesn’t do that he says, “Call the police. You’ll be dead by the time they get here anyway.“5

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office ... declined to press charges in the July 11 incident because of “insufficient evidence.” [Prosecutors’ documents] read: “Victim was interviewed a [second] time and changed her stories.” —L.A. Times

MICHELLE LIM: What kind of things would he yell at you?

MONIQUE BRADLEY: Tell me I was stupid, I was a #####, a whore, slut, idiot.5

Milton Bradley is the Dodgers’ nominee for this year’s Roberto Clemente Award ... which recognizes the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship and community involvement, and the individual’s contribution to his team. —Dodgers.com


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Local Cubs Broadcast Intro Is Just A Disaster

The GIF above cycles through some of the graphics that were used in the intro package that led into ABC 7’s broadcast of yesterday’s Cubs game. Did you catch all those errors? Here, let us slow things down for you.

To be fair, the season is still very young. Everyone’s still working out the kinks!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, giants, mariners, nationals, reds, spelling is hard, television

Monday, April 06, 2015

Deadspin: “An Absolute #### Show”: Tales From The Wrigley Field Bathroom Lines

You’d think Cubs fans would be experts at holding on.

There were, according to USA Today, only two working bathrooms in the whole of the main concourse—that’s the sort of disaster that leads to fans peeing into plastic cups. We asked readers who were at the game to tell us what it like; below are their emails.

...

I was at the game last night and can verify that peeing in cups/corners was happening all over the concourse. I waited almost an hour when I tried after the 2nd inning. It was ridiculous. I saw 2 guys who ended up pissing their pants. I was shocked. I dont know what the bare minimum standard is but it wasnt available last night. Bars and restaurants are held to it by the health department. I’m not sure why the Cubs weren’t.


Sunday, April 05, 2015

Bad call by Cubs in sending Kris Bryant to minors - Sports - The Boston Globe

Lost of good stuff in Cafardo’s notes columns. This tidbit is a little silly.

And Swihart might not be the catcher long term.

There are whispers about changing his position because he’s so athletic.

Whispers by who? Why would the Red Sox move Swihart?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 01:43 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, cubs, kris bryant, red sox, sunday notes

White Sox and Cubs on brink: This could be the start of something big - Chicago Tribune

Baseball will be fun in Chicago this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, white sox

The Cubs-Cardinals Rivalry (Sports on Earth: Leitch)

A pre-game warm-up for tonight’s opener.

Chris Fluit Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bartman, cardinals, central illinois, cubs, freese

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Adidas takes shot at Chicago Cubs with Kris Bryant ‘Worth The Wait’ billboard across from Wrigley Field

On Friday, Adidas unveiled a billboard across from the famous Wrigley marquee featuring the 23-year-old third baseman with the text “Worth The Wait.”

Aaron Kahn, director of baseball for Adidas, played down the tension that the sign might create with the tenants on the other side of Addison Street.

“We just wanted to make sure to tell the folks in Chicago that they have a great thing coming,” Kahn told ESPN.com.

Kahn said his team had long decided to buy a billboard and feature Bryant on it, though he admitted the text changed going into this week. Kahn said Adidas did not have any conversations with the Cubs about it.

Last year, Adidas won the right to Bryant by paying him a deal that sources say is worth about $30,000 a year, which is the money typically paid to a perennial All-Star. So, in a sense, Adidas is waiting for Bryant to dig in Chicago as well. The company already made him the first player to wear its new Energy Boost Icon cleat.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 04, 2015 at 09:28 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: chastity, cubs, kris bryant

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