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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Without Rays’ leap, Joe Maddon’s way might not have made it to Chicago - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

“The two things that were most important to us, with the young team that we had, was someone with an extensive player development background as well as someone who was intellectually curious,” Friedman recalled this week from Los Angeles, where he is now the president of the Dodgers. “As far as what we were looking for at that point in time, Joe fit it to a T. He checked all the boxes on paper, and even more so when we sat down and had a chance to exchange ideas and thoughts.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, rays

Saturday, September 16, 2017

John Lackey melts down, blames ump; Cubs crush Cards 8-2 anyway – Chicago Sun-Times

He seems to have some anger issues.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 11:46 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, john lackey

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Cubs’ Javier Baez sits out with injured thumb | MLB.com

It’s his thumb not his vision.

“My thumb is kind of jammed a little bit, so I’m taking a day off and I’ll be ready to go [Tuesday],” he said before the Cubs played the Pirates. I told the doctor about my thumb, but we were obviously worried more about the head, the contact. So today it’s pretty swollen. I’ve been icing it. Hopefully I’ll be ready [Tuesday].”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 10:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, injuries, javier baez

Jake Arrieta’s hamstring injury ‘could be worse’ but severity unclear

The hottest pitcher in the majors left the Cubs’ 12-0 loss to the Pirates in the third inning Monday when the middle of the right hamstring “grabbed” on a pitch to the third batter of the inning.

“I’ve never really had any -hamstring issue before. It’s kind of a foreign feeling,” said Arrieta, the National League’s pitcher of the month in August. “I think it could have been a lot worse. No pop or anything like that. So that’s a good sign.”

Arrieta is to be re-evaluated Tuesday, at which point the medical staff could determine whether he should get an MRI exam. For now the team has not labeled the injury beyond calling it tightness as it waits for Arrieta’s reaction to icing overnight and the next exam.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 05, 2017 at 03:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hamstring, jake arrietta

Monday, September 04, 2017

Clear eye for the Cubs’ guy: Javy Baez seems to be OK after collision – Chicago Sun-Times

Javier Baez seems to be OK. Those headfirst slides are a problem.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Friday, September 01, 2017

Cubs acquire outfielder Leonys Martin from Mariners

The Cubs made a late-night acquisition on Thursday before the 11 p.m. deadline, acquiring Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin and cash for a player to be named later or cash.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 01, 2017 at 02:13 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, leonys martin, mariners

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Joe Maddon unsure whether Cubs will employ six-man rotation down the stretch - Chicago Tribune

Six-man rotation with a big bullpen does not seem like a good combo.

As the Cubs were coasting to a National League Central title exactly one year ago, manager Joe Maddon predicted many teams would employ a six-man rotation in the second half to give their starting pitchers extra rest.

This year’s Cubs might not go with six starters due to injuries and the schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Jake Arrieta is pitching like an ace again — just in time for free agency - Chicago Tribune

“We’re just trying to win this division, that’s what we’re focused on,” Cubs President Theo Epstein said Friday when asked about Arrieta’s future. “Offseason stuff, we’ll deal with it when the time comes. Nothing has been determined, and that story is not written yet.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

‘Ungodly’ Joey Votto forces Cubs to think outside the box with four-outfielder shift | CSN Chicago

This is a shift you don’t see every day.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joey votto, reds, shifts

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Joe Maddon won’t apologize for remarks on hometown: ‘There’s no ill intent’ - Chicago Tribune

I’m glad he didn’t reflexively apologize.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Wrigleyville - LIKE MAGIC: ON THE VALUE OF JAVY BÁEZ

A great take on El Mago!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 11:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Don Baylor - Toughest and Gentlest of Giants

He was celebrated for once throwing a temper tantrum and tipping over the food table with the postgame spread. Why? A young Angels rookie had a bad game in the field, in a bad loss, and was surrounded by the media. Don wanted, needed to pull the media to him. He told me that’s what veterans, team leaders do. So he stagecrafted his way into an impromptu state-of-the-team scrum with reporters, pulling attention away from the kid.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: August 08, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, orioles, red sox, rockies, twins

Monday, August 07, 2017

Don Baylor, who won MVP with Angels and World Series with Twins, dies at 68

Don Baylor, the 1979 American League MVP, died Monday of cancer. He was 68.

“Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life,” his wife, Rebecca, said in a statement.

Baylor played for the Orioles, Athletics, Angels, Yankees, Red Sox and Twins over a 19-year baseball career. He was an All-Star and the MVP winner with the Angels in 1979, when he led the majors in RBIs and runs.

He reached the World Series three straight times at the end of his career from 1986 to 1988 and won the title with the Twins in 1987.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, obituaries, rockies, twins

Monday, July 31, 2017

Steve Bartman to receive 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ring

Steve Bartman issued the following statement:

“Although I do not consider myself worthy of such an honor, I am deeply moved and sincerely grateful to receive an official Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship ring. I am fully aware of the historical significance and appreciate the symbolism the ring represents on multiple levels. My family and I will cherish it for generations. Most meaningful is the genuine outreach from the Ricketts family, on behalf of the Cubs organization and fans, signifying to me that I am welcomed back into the Cubs family and have their support going forward. I am relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2017 at 01:11 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, steve bartman

OTP 31 July 2017: Here’s What Christie Said to Heckler

No, not Margaret Heckler.

Brad Joseph told a Milwaukee TV station he was at the game rooting for the visiting Chicago Cubs when a nachos-toting Christie “got in my face” after he heckled the governor.

“I called him a hypocrite,“Joseph said. “I thought it needed to be said. He then turned around and got in my face for what seemed like a long time but was probably only 30 seconds or a minute.”

Joseph said Christie initially said, “‘Why don’t you have another beer?’ which I thought was a decent comeback, and I thought that was kind of funny. Then he started calling me a tough guy.”

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

BDC Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 2052 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, nachos, new jersey, politics

Reports: Tigers acquire Cubs’ Candelario | MiLB.com News

According to numerous reports, Detroit acquired top Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario in a package for left-handed reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila. Infielder Isaac Paredes, Chicago’s 10th-ranked prospect, also will head to the Motor City.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 06:42 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tigers, trades

Thursday, July 27, 2017

BAR: Hoarding prospects a proven strategy

The Dodgers are the model big-market team right now. They need to win the World Series to be fully appreciated, however.

The top farm system in 2015? The Cubs, the 2016 World Series champs. Not counting the Cubs since it’s been too recent — of all the teams with the top farm system, all but three have been in the playoffs at least three times within five years of being named the top farm system. Those three were the 2006 Diamondbacks, National League West winners in 2007 and 2011, the 2014 Pirates and the Kansas City Royals.

The top system in 2016, the Dodgers, made the playoffs last year and look to do so again this year. Baseball America’s top system this year was the Braves, and they probably won’t make the playoffs this year, but they’ve been surprisingly competitive. If history holds, they will be in the playoffs at least twice in the next five years, and they’ll do that because they have good, young talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Olney: Trade Sonny Gray to Yankees, as time is right for big markets to get their ace

When the Yankees made their big trade last week for Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Todd Frazier, the rationale was to acquire pitchers who can help them beyond 2017. This is true for Gray, as well. He would help their chances of making the playoffs this year and of winning in the postseason, as Gray is known as a big-stage performer after his strong October showing against the Tigers as a rookie. And he would also help the Yankees’ chances in 2018 and 2019, before he finally reaches free agency.

And there’s no doubt about this: The Yankees need starting pitchers for 2018. Luis Severino will be back, but Michael Pineda was lost to an elbow injury (and would’ve been gone as a free agent, anyway). CC Sabathia’s contract is about to expire, and Masahiro Tanaka could opt out of his deal (and is a major health risk if he stays). Gray would slot in next year and the year after that as the No. 2 or No. 3.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ken Rosenthal - Cubs and Verlander

Here’s something interesting you might know about the Cubs: Their luxury-tax number for 2018 is $74.6 million, leaving them more than under $120 million under the threshold, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.
So, if the Cubs want to pursue Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander – one of perhaps 20 trade options they are considering, according to major-league sources – they’ve got the financial flexibility to pull off such a move.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 02:03 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, justin verlander

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cubs Acquire Jose Quintana

In a stunning development, the Cubs have acquired lefty Jose Quintana from the crosstown rival White Sox, per club announcements. Top prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease are going in return, with first baseman Matt Rose and infielder Bryant Flete also included in the package.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 11:31 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jose quintana, white sox

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Friday, July 07, 2017

Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein says ‘biggest fixes are inside the clubhouse’

Billy Williams ain’t walking through that door.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 05:16 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Levine: Justin Verlander May Be A Key For Cubs’ Future « CBS Chicago

Can he be effective for two more seasons? Will he be worth the money and cost in talent?

Sitting at 41-42 entering play Wednesday and with a desire to acquire more than a rental pitcher, the Cubs could view Verlander as a key piece to help reconnect the dots this season and beyond. The 34-year-old Verlander is under contract through the 2019 season, with a vesting option for 2020 if he finishes in the top five of the Cy Young voting in 2019.
...
Verlander has had an underwhelming season, as he’s 5-5 with a 4.96 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. He’s struck out 92 batters in 98 innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tigers, trade rumors

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Emergence Of Ian Happ Complicates Cubs Search For Pitching

Just so I get this right, having a player perform well in the big leagues makes it harder to make a trade???

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 08:19 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, ian happ

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