Could Montero/Castillo platoon or McCann provide reasonable alternatives to Russell Martin?

Could Montero/Castillo platoon or McCann provide reasonable alternatives to Russell Martin?
Other than the pursuit of Jon Lester, the other thing to look forward to this offseason is the position player group.  The Cubs need to upgrade their lineup and/or add leadership to the equation for 2015.   The lineup is going to be young because the kids are going to play.  GM Jed Hoyer made... Read more »

EconoBall: Jeff Passan, WAR, and Looking Ahead

EconoBall: Jeff Passan, WAR, and Looking Ahead
I’d hoped to have more than a road map for you today.  Unfortunately, I spent most of last week on the road and was unable to access the Internet.  Thus, I decided to discuss a major statistical issue from last week and use it as a jumping off point for things I hope to address... Read more »

He's Back!!!--Reds 0 Rizzo 1

He's Back!!!--Reds 0 Rizzo 1
Well it is nice to have Anthony Rizzo back. It would have been a solid night if it had stopped prior to the ninth inning, but he managed to hit number 31 for the walkoff win. A couple more to finish off a strong season has to be the best possible outcome for Rizzo and... Read more »
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Cubs Game Notes: Rizzo, Soler rejoin lineup; updates on Martin,Tomas, Maeda, Fowler, and more

Cubs Game Notes: Rizzo, Soler rejoin lineup; updates on Martin,Tomas, Maeda, Fowler, and more
The Cubs are still being cautious with 1B Anthony Rizzo and as of this weekend there was still no certainty that he would play today.  Manager Rick Renteria didn’t sound optimistic yesterday, “That one I will reserve for [Monday],” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “We’re trying to get him out there running. I’d still look... Read more »

Jacob Turner struggles to harness talent

Jacob Turner struggles to harness talent
Whenever I see any of these young Cubs pitchers as they vie for that 5th spot in the Cubs rotation, I honestly find it hard to get all that excited.  Serviceable is what immediately comes to mind.  Or perhaps workmanlike is the better word.  That’s not a bad thing, it just doesn’t leave much to... Read more »

You Keep Me Waiting: Pirates 7, Cubs 3

You Keep Me Waiting: Pirates 7, Cubs 3
I’m just old enough to remember enjoying listening to vinyl records on my parents’ stereo when I was a kid.  The records in my dad’s collection included James Taylor, Bob Dylan, and of course the Beatles.  One selection that I though was pretty cool was the 7″ single to the Kinks’ “Tired of Waiting For... Read more »
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Anarchists Brunch: Strange Thoughts On This Nervous Morning

Anarchists Brunch: Strange Thoughts On This Nervous Morning
That’s a line I go to a lot on my various outposts, and it generally means I don’t have one coherent post ready but a bunch of scattered thoughts. Now you’ve all been initiated. The nervousness probably stems from all the visions of what the Niners are going to do to the Bears tonight, and... Read more »

I am having a great time--Cubs 6 Pirates 4

I am having a great time--Cubs 6 Pirates 4
Three Stars of Game If I have done anything right as a parent, it is introducing a love for the cartoon the Real Ghostbusters to my daughter. The expression of Egon’s excitement is a perfect embodiment of my feelings tonight. The Cubs won. Felix Doubront was solid and the Cubs played well overall. However, they... Read more »

Kane County Cougars win MWL Title behind Torrez's pitching, Rogers HR

Kane County Cougars win MWL Title behind Torrez's pitching, Rogers HR
In what is a fitting end to what was a dominant season from wire to wire, the Cougars walked off with the MWL crown after trouncing Lake County to finish off a 3-0 sweep. As has been the story all year, the Cougars got great starting pitching, this time from Daury Torrez, who went 5 innings... Read more »
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Around the League: Cubs Announcements, Bryant Fails History, Free Agent Competition

Around the League: Cubs Announcements, Bryant Fails History, Free Agent Competition
Not much to look back on for the Cubs major league team this week, so let’s just focus on Kane County’s run to the Midwest League title instead. It’s just nicer. While the Cubs are rumored to have ended their development agreement with both Boise and Daytona, there has been no official statement from the... Read more »
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