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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Braves turn double play without ball in play | MLB.com

Some bad baserunning on this play.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2019 at 08:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kenley Jansen executed a rare intentional balk last night

Last night, Kenley Jansen recorded a save against the Cubs in a 5-3 win for the Dodgers. He surrendered a baserunner on a Matt Beaty error but otherwise was dominant and he struck out three.

Before the final strikeout, however, he did something I hadn’t seen before. With Jason Heyward on second apparently annoying him, Kenley intentionally balked him to third so he could just focus on the batter and/or to prevent Heyward for relaying pitch and/or location to Victor Caratini.

He yells out “I’m going to balk”.

I’ve never seen such a thing. Have you?


Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Report: Cubs have agreement with Kimbrel

The Cubs are in agreement with free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel on a deal, pending the completion of a physical, sources told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday night. The club has not confirmed the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2019 at 08:47 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, cubs

Thursday, May 30, 2019

APNewsBreak: Cubs-Cards set for London on June 13-14 in 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are set to play at London next season in a two-game series at West Ham’s Olympic Stadium on June 13 and 14.

St. Louis will be the home team for both games, according to a draft of the 2020 preliminary schedule obtained by The Associated Press.

Chicago will be at Philadelphia from June 8-10, then has a pair of off days. The Cubs will be off June 15 and then start a homestand at Wrigley Field against the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox.

“I’ve had experience traveling over there and the time difference is pretty dramatic, especially when you go that way,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday. “When you come back, you’re always able to catch up, when you’re going back in time as opposed to forward in time. I don’t even know what to expect in something like that. You know your head’s going to be swimming a little bit, you’ve got that brain fog, you just do.”

My advance apology to all Londoners for subjecting you to the Cardinals, much less as a home team….

 

QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, london, neutral site games

MLB roundup: Cubs’ win over Astros marred by fan’s injury

Kyle Hendricks pitched eight effective innings, Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant homered, and the visiting Chicago Cubs averted a series sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros with a 2-1 interleague victory Wednesday.

The game was briefly delayed in the fourth inning when Chicago’s Albert Almora Jr. hit a foul ball that struck a young fan in the stands. The Astros confirmed after the game that the child was taken to a hospital, but according to Houston radio station KBME 790 AM (SportsTalk790), the fan was expected to be all right.

The incident shook up Almora, who struck out to finish the at-bat. After the half-inning, he was seen sobbing after talking to a security guard stationed near where the child was seated.

Hendricks (5-4) allowed one run on four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts while throwing a season-high 108 pitches.

 

QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: albert almora, astros, cubs, fans hit by projectiles

Monday, May 27, 2019

Former Red Sox, Cubs Great All-Star Bill Buckner Dies at 69

Buckner, who played first base and outfield, played 22 seasons in the major leagues. He appeared with the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Angels and Royals.

In 1980, Buckner won the NL batting title, and in 1981, he earned his lone All-Star appearance while a member of the Cubs.

I didn’t realize he’d been in such ill health. RIP Billy Buck.

SoSH U at work Posted: May 27, 2019 at 02:56 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, dodgers, red sox, royals

Monday, May 20, 2019

Javier Baez injures his right heel as the Cubs hold off the Nationals 6-5 - Chicago Tribune

Manager Joe Maddon and Baez, who has started in all 44 of the Cubs’ games at shortstop, said he could return as soon as Monday night’s game against the Phillies at Wrigley Field.

“As of right now, I’d imagine that he can,” Maddon said. “But I want to double check.”

Said Baez: “I’m good.”

“It was right before I caught it,” Baez said. “I didn’t twist it. I just went too hard to the ground. My heel kind of got jammed a little bit. All good. It depends on how it goes (Sunday night), and I want to play (Monday). Joe is going to decide whether I play or give me a day. But I hope I don’t need it. I’ll be playing (Monday), hopefully.”

Baez, who had played 395 2/3 consecutive innings at shortstop to start the season, said the heel began to throb after he made a sweeping tag on Gerardo Parra at second base in the fifth.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Saturday, May 18, 2019

MLB roundup: Bryant hits three homers in Cubs’ win

Chicago’s Kris Bryant slugged three home runs and drove in five runs, and the Cubs hit six homers in a 14-6 rout of the host Washington Nationals on Friday.

Bryant clubbed his third homer — and fourth hit — in the ninth inning. He went deep in each of the final three frames, joining Sammy Sosa (2002) as the only Cubs players to homer three innings in a row. Bryant, 27, also had a three-homer game in Cincinnati on June 27, 2016.

Cole Hamels (4-0) tossed five innings of two-run ball as the Cubs broke a two-game losing streak behind an 18-hit attack.

Bryant went 4-for-6, Willson Contreras had four hits including a two-run homer, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber hit two-run blasts, and Javier Baez extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games with two hits.

 

 

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, home runs, kris bryant

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Cubs and Cardinals are reportedly set to play in London next year

Back in February, the rumor started floating around that the Cubs and Cardinals could be one of the rivalries to head to London in 2020 for a series.

That appears to now be a reality, as USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported Thursday evening:

....

The Yankees and Red Sox are set to play in London this summer (June 29-30).

No word yet on which team — the Cubs or Cardinals — would be the “home” team in London or who would lose a series at their home ballpark.

Wait- I thought the point of these games was to increase the popularity of baseball in Europe, not damage the sport.

 

QLE Posted: May 17, 2019 at 04:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, london, neutral site games

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Forget last year’s collapse and their slow start—the real Cubs are back

They are real and they are spectacular.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2019 at 08:40 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Friday, May 10, 2019

Cubs 2B Russell on boos at Wrigley: ‘That’s on them’

Chicago Cubs second baseman Addison Russell returned from a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic-violence policy on Wednesday and heard a chorus of boos from the home crowd at Wrigley Field.

“I’m a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’m one of the dudes in this clubhouse. I’m one of the guys who goes out there and puts his (body) on the line. We do it because we love it. We want to win, and we want to bring another championship to Chicago. And if hometown fans want to boo someone that’s trying to help bring the team a World Series again, then that’s on them.”


Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Chicago Cubs defeat Iowa man’s bid to trademark ‘Cubnoxious’

(Reuters) - The Chicago Cubs baseball team has blocked an Iowa man from trademarking the term “Cubnoxious.”

A federal panel that reviews trademark applications recently ruled against Ronald Mark Huber, after the Cubs said his plan to sell “Cubnoxious” shirts might confuse people into thinking the name was the team’s idea and that Cubs fans were “obnoxious.”

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board said the Cubs offered “convincing” evidence its marks were strong, going back to the early 1900s, when Hall of Fame infielders Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance wore Cubs jerseys.

It also said “Cubnoxious” was already associated with some Cubs fans, citing media reports, Twitter posts and even a Yelp user who complained about having to avoid “Cubnoxious Drunkards” in a Chicago park.

Wait- this is a trademark people would want to own, much less fight over in court?

 

QLE Posted: May 08, 2019 at 04:23 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, trademark

Friday, May 03, 2019

Chicago Cubs scout refurbishes Hyde Park elementary school baseball field with $200K grant

CHICAGO (WLS)—Cubs Scout Kerron Walker has a great vision for the baseball field he grew up on at Ray Elementary School.

“The kids need it. They are in need of something to do constructive,” Walker said. “Get together where they can have some fun. Where all the community can come together and play. And what greater thing than baseball and fields to do that on.”

The vision is now possible thanks to a $200,000 refurbishment grant from Scotts and Major League Baseball, who selected Ray’s field from 350 applications nationwide.

 

 

QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 04:07 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kerron walker, scout

Monday, April 29, 2019

Report: Cubs privately threatening writers who criticize Addison Russell

Sheryl Ring of FanGraphs, who is also a lawyer, has spoken to a member of the media who said that the Cubs privately instructed that person to lay off Russell, threatening reprisal. The Cubs are approving stories that paint Russell in a positive light, particularly in terms of redemption. One that comes to mind is an article published last week by Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports. Nightengale minimizes Russell’s behavior and sets him up as a fallen hero. Others have said they have heard the same as Ring, including Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus.

Pretty reprehensible if true.


MLB roundup: Zobrist, Cubs outlast D-backs in 15 innings

Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras homered, and Ben Zobrist broke a tie with a two-run double in a three-run 15th inning as the Chicago Cubs outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks for a 6-5 victory on Sunday in Phoenix.

Tyler Chatwood, the Cubs’ seventh pitcher, doubled to the fence in right-center field with one out in the 15th inning off Matt Andriese (3-2) and took third on Albert Almora Jr.’s single to center.

Zobrist, who entered the game in a double-switch in the 11th inning, doubled into the right field corner and took third on the throw to home, which failed to beat Almora. Bryant followed with a sacrifice fly.

David Peralta singled with two outs in the 15th off Kyle Ryan before Christian Walker doubled, and pinch hitter Caleb Joseph hit a two-run single to make it 6-5. Cubs right-hander Allen Webster entered and got Nick Ahmed to fly out to the warning track in left field for his first career save.

Thread’s open- if there’s something you wish to ramble about, go right ahead.

 

QLE Posted: April 29, 2019 at 04:18 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, cubs, diamondbacks, extra innings

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Cubs’ Strop loses car, gets save on ‘crazy day’

CHICAGO—Cubs closer Pedro Strophad to cut short talking with the police regarding his stolen car on Wednesday, just in time to secure the save in a wild 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Strop said his car was stolen earlier in the day. The incident disrupted his pregame routine, and he said he was still dealing with it during the game when he told police he had to go.

“I was still giving them my information in the fourth inning, and I told them, ‘I have to go. I might have to pitch,’” Strop said.

All right, which one of you did it?

 

QLE Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cars, cubs, pedro strop

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Carlos Zambrano launches the most unlikely comeback

Carlos Zambrano, a longtime starter primarily with the Cubs who hasn’t appeared in a game since 2012, is edging his way back to the game, transitioning into a reliever and beginning a comeback with the independent Chicago Dogs.

Quite a long shot comeback for sure, but I would be excited if he could somehow make his way back to the bigs.

 

Red Voodooin Posted: April 17, 2019 at 07:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, cubs

Monday, April 15, 2019

After snow-out, Cubs head to balmy Miami

After having their home game postponed on Sunday due to snow, the Chicago Cubs are surely thrilled to travel to Miami for Monday night’s game at the Marlins.

The Cubs will be greeted by sunshine—likely—and a retractable roof in case of showers. There will also be, in all likelihood, a strong number of Cubs fans at Marlins Park, where small crowds are the norm.

Chicago should also benefit from a day of rest for its pitching arms, as the Cubs used six relievers in Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

With regards to the second paragraph: I’ve seen the claim made that Broward County, in the 1960s and early 1970s, was heavily populated with migrants from the Chicago area (in contrast with the New York origins of migrants to Dade County at that time), so one would hope that the Cubs could call on support in the area.

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, miami, snow

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Cubs give Kris Bryant a day off but maintain he’s in a ‘good place’

No, Kris Bryant is not hurt. His absence from the lineup Saturday afternoon has nothing to do with his left shoulder.

“This was part of the three-day in advance lineups and today was his day,” Joe Maddon said. “That’s it.”

OK, so…story over?

Not quite. Bryant isn’t hurt, but he is slumping and it’s understandable fans go straight to freaking out after the way 2018 went, when the former NL MVP battled the shoulder injury all season that kept him out of the lineup and made him look off at the plate even when he was on the field.

So, he’s at The Newberry, in other words?

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, shoulder

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Despite slow start, the Cubs aren’t panicking ... yet

CHICAGO — The chatter in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse centered around three things: The weather, how Yu Darvish would pitch in it and how the team would adjust to losing ace Jon Lester for at least one start due to a hamstring injury. All ordinary topics for a professional baseball team.

There was even laughter. Upon being asked how Darvish would perform in the coldest start of his career, outfielder Kyle Schwarber briefly paused, considering the question before simply saying, “I don’t know. He never pitched [in weather this cold].” The response drew laughter, and a sly smile from Schwarber.

The only indication things were amiss came from starter Kyle Hendricks, who admitted, “Every day we come in here, there’s a sense of urgency” to a question about the rotation getting it together after Lester’s injury. But even then, Hendricks was talking about the starting pitchers stepping up. He wasn’t implying the entire 25-man roster was feeling intense pressure to turn things around.

So, what moves should we expect if they are in full-fledged panic mode?

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Theo Epstein shoulders blame for Cubs’ brutal start: ‘It’s ultimately all my responsibility’

MILWAUKEE — Who deserves the most blame for the Cubs’ sluggish 1-6 start to the season?

The bullpen? The manager? The pitching coach? The owner? The front office?

The answer is everybody, because when a team with high expectations has a first week-plus to this level, there’s enough blame to go around.

But while the fanbase and the rest of Chicago plays The Blame Game, team president Theo Epstein won’t get into all that.

So, how long before Theo changes his mind?

 

QLE Posted: April 07, 2019 at 03:29 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blame, cubs, theo epstein

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Here are 5 stats that basically sums up how disastrous the Cubs’ season has been so far

Sooooo how’d everyone’s weekend go?! Enjoying the return of baseball?!

There’s something about the Cubs’ IMMEDIATE descent into panic-mode that I find deeply respectable. Picking up right where they left off, and all that.

Things were bad in Texas, but things have been ugly in Atlanta. How bad? How ugly? Let’s jump right in

I don’t get it- how did the drunks who usually made up the Cubs fanbase get to be as obnoxious as the pseudo-intellectuals in the Red Sox fanbase so very fast?

 

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fip, the sky is falling, walks

Monday, April 01, 2019

Cole Hamels refuses to take the easy way out after tough loss

ARLINGTON, Texas — Roughly a half-hour after the Cubs were handed their second straight loss Sunday evening, Cole Hamels stood at his locker and faced the music.

He was presented an opportunity to at least partially blame home plate umpire James Hoye for the big fourth inning that helped swing the game in the Rangers favor, but Hamels didn’t take it.

Instead of blaming the questionable calls, the 35-year-old veteran was accountable and took responsibility for the loss.

With a runner on first, two out and the Cubs holding a 4-1 lead, Hamels walked Logan Forsythe on a full count pitch that was somehow called a ball (left image below) and then wound up walking Jeff Mathis with another curious call mixed in

I sincerely hope I’m misinterpreting the headline, as it seems to be demanding something that’s a bit much….

 

QLE Posted: April 01, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, cubs

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Gallo, Rangers rally to beat Cubs 8-6 after Darvish flops

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish had long since flopped in his return to Texas when former teammate Joey Gallo beat the Chicago Cubs with one swing.

Gallo hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Rangers rallied for an 8-6 victory Saturday night, giving new manager Chris Woodward a dramatic first win after an opening day drubbing by the Cubs.

“Honestly, I forgot,” Gallo said when asked about his manager’s milestone. “Hopefully we can get many more for him.”

This wasn’t the kind of first Darvish had in mind facing the club that brought him over from Japan and kept him for five-plus seasons. The four-time All-Star walked seven of the first 13 batters, failing to make it out of the third inning in his first meeting with his former team.

Geez, even with my joke last week, I wasn’t expecting Yu Darvish to become Steve Dalkowski….

 

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 05:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joey gallo, walks, yu darvish

Friday, March 29, 2019

The Inside Story Of How The Ricketts Family Schemed And Feuded Their Way To Owning The Chicago Cubs

The Ricketts family were one of the first bidders to pursue the Cubs, and by the summer of 2008 Joe Ricketts was regularly receiving updates about “Project North Side,” which is what the family codenamed their quest for the team.

These emails depict the purchase process as a herculean task, spanning years and requiring the efforts of an ever-expanding cast of lawyers, consultants, and bankers. They reveal new details about the tax-dodging particulars of the sale and a near deal-wrecking amount of late-stage animosity between the Ricketts and the Tribune, and provide further insight into the exploding value of MLB franchises, and how that explosion has changed what it means to own and root for a baseball team.

Additionally, they reveal a fair amount of intra-family squabbling, much of it genuinely tense. This is revealing not just for the broad insight it gives into the workings of one of America’s foremost political families—one that happens to operate like a business—but more narrowly for how it shows the would-be owners of one of America’s most famous sports franchises jockeying to use the purchase to burnish their own personal brands. Teams are businesses; they are also mechanisms the rich and powerful use to project their images and stroke their egos.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2019 at 11:16 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

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