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Friday, May 22, 2015

Ricketts Family Buys 3 More Rooftops Across From Wrigley Field « CBS Chicago

Exactly how many of these businesses are there?

There are more than a dozen rooftop businesses along Waveland and Sheffield avenues, and the Ricketts family now owns six of those buildings after one of their entities purchased three buildings on Sheffield Avenue from Sheffield Finance, the Tribune reported

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PAUL & DEADSPIN, THE CUBS THREW OUT YOUR CRAP NARRATIVE

STOP THE PRESSES!!! CUBS DID NOT THROW OUT YOUR GRANDMA’S BRICK!!

(Well, actually they did. But they say they are replacing it with a newer brick. No info, however, if they would be willing to replace your grandmother with a better one if you decide to throw the old one out.)

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field, wrigley field renovation

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TV Ratings Up, But Teams Still Dependent on Cable Providers

Baseball is dead.

Before getting to baseball’s dependence on the health of major cable companies, here is a brief look at some early season numbers. The first month of the season has seen big increases in viewership for national games on Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network, including double the amount of viewers aged 18 to 34 watching game on Fox Sports 1. The Chicago Cubs have doubled their ratings after their increased commitment in the offseason as well as the arrival of Kris Bryant. The Kansas City Royals have done the same coming off their World Series appearance. The Houston Astros have seen an increase in viewership after finally resolving their local disputes, at least as far as getting their games on all the local cable packages. The Arizona Diamondbacks have seen their highest ratings in a decade while the games of the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres rank first in their broadcast territories among all shows. A recent article by Maury Brown at Forbes showed that baseball games beat playoff games from the NHL and NBA in many markets across the country.

The ratings so far this season are a great indicator of baseball’s popularity. Not only is baseball beating playoffs in other sports, it is also beating first-run shows on networks.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Chicago Cubs catching prospect Kyle Schwarber stays hot, homers twice for Tennessee Smokies | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Unlike Pete O’Brien, I liked what I saw of Kyle Schwarber this spring training. He won’t be Johnny Bench, but he should be able to catch well enough to fit his explosive bat into the Cubs lineup.

“You really have to find time for the defensive things, because there are not many times set aside just for that. You try to push yourself every day because you want to be boring back there. You want to have the same footwork, the same arm slot, the same exchange. In the offseason, I spent more time working on my defense than offense by far. Now since we’re in the season and we have to find time, it’s more 50-50 because if you’re not good defensively, the game can change in a big way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber, the next big thing

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cubs-Mets trade will happen ‘at some point’

s both teams move toward contention in the near future, Cubs’ general manager Jed Hoyer believes that the sides will eventually match up on a deal (via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times).

“We haven’t made a deal yet, but there’s been matches that made sense, and I’m sure we’ll talk to them in the future,” said Hoyer, who has a relationship with Mets player-development executive Paul DePodesta going back to their time together in the Padres’ front office.

Cubs president Theo Epstein and Mets GM Sandy Alderson also have a good relationship.

“I guess when you factor in the hitting and the pitching, I guess people think it’s unusual,” Hoyer said of the fact the teams haven’t hooked up on a trade.

“But it’ll happen at some point.”

 


Party on: Wrigley Field bleachers reopen, not much has changed - Chicago Tribune

Get in line lemmings.

There are still some kinks that need to be worked out, like the non-operating elevator at the center-field entrance. And while the concourses are huge, the new exits in the middle of the left-field bleachers are so narrow only one person can fit through at a time, meaning fans will have to smush together or wait until the entrance is open.

“That’s a design flaw someone should’ve noticed,” Schwerin said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 10:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Video: Bryant homers into new bleachers | MLB.com

He’s been waiting for the bleacher fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Deadspin: Starlin Castro Mimics Kris Bryant’s Throw, Confuses Anthony Rizzo

Teamwork, Starlin Style…

Starlin Castro messed around with teammate Kris Bryant on a routine grounder in last night’s game. The shortstop pretended to field the ground ball behind Bryant, who actually fielded it. Aw, they’re in perfect harmony. Castro actually confused first baseman Anthony Rizzo for a second, there.

JE (Jason) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 02:27 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, crazy video, cubs, goofy, kris bryant, silly, starlin castro

Wednesday, May 06, 2015


Cubs young core envisioning playoff run

“They’ve (the Cardinals) created this culture, this method,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Then, you layer that with this fan base, baseball fans who support this team and know the game. So bully for them.

“We’re in the process of doing the same thing with the Cubs.”

Who knows when it will happen? But Chicago is convinced there will come a time when the Cardinals no longer bully the Cubs, and it might be now.

“It feels like this is just the beginning,” Epstein said. “Even though we haven’t accomplished anything yet, I think they will stay together and continue to get better, year after year.

“We’ll see what we’re made of. The hard part begins now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Kyle Farnsworth is a defensive lineman now, and he leads his team in sacks

Good news everyone!

Kyle Farnsworth is ... listen, there are a lot of descriptions that walk a fine line between libelous and accurate, so let’s just say that he’s different. He could take your nose off with one well-placed karate chop, and then he would probably do something weird with the nose.

So it’s completely bizarre and perfectly logical that 321 days after throwing his last major league pitch, the 39-year-old Farnsworth is leading his Florida Football Alliance team in sacks and tackles.

We’re talking real, minor league, tackle football with with big dudes. Of course Farnsworth is thriving. Of course he is.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2015 at 04:29 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, football, kyle farnsworth, royals, tigers, yankees

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Cubs survive injury scare to Rizzo and Russell | Chicago

Injuries suck. Luckily the Cubs didn’t have to add two more guys to their list.

“It’s a scary moment. They were both giving a lot of effort on that play,” Arrieta said. “It was a little out of their reach. One of those unfortunate things where two guys are going kind of (all) out to make a play. We’re thankful that they’re both OK.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, anthony rizzo, cubs

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cubs manager Joe Maddon: “zero hard feelings” over Rays’ tampering charges | Chicago

After a high-tech investigation that inexplicably took six months to conclude, Major League Baseball has cleared the Cubs and Joe Maddon of tampering allegations leveled by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

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

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