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Around the League: Players Love Joe Maddon, Cardinals Fire Scouting Director, Bauer Imitates Teammates and More

Around the League: Players Love Joe Maddon, Cardinals Fire Scouting Director, Bauer Imitates Teammates and More
Joe Maddon is a popular man. And not just because he’s got Grateful Dead tickets this weekend. ESPN The Magazine surveyed 117 major league players and asked them - ”If you could play for any manager (other than your current one), who would it be?” Not surprisingly, Maddon ranked at the top of the results with... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Schwarber gets 4 hits, Soler looks ready

Daily Cubs Minors Recap:  Schwarber gets 4 hits, Soler looks ready
Happy 4th of July to all!   Have a happy and safe holiday…and hopefully the Cubs add to it with a win. Round Rock 11 – Iowa 5 Felipe Paulino allowed 4 runs in 5.1 innings.  The ERA at Iowa stands at 5.32. A nightmarish day for another recent Cubs acquisition as Yoervis Medina pitched... Read more »

Offensive Woes Continue Despite Srong Start from Hammel; Marlins 2, Cubs 1

(Author’s Note: This recap is being posted from a parking lot as I’m stealing wi-fi from a Subway restaurant in Topeka, KS like a true creeper.  It never ceases to amaze me the kind of technology that we have available to us – and that my in-laws refuse to adapt to it! ) Apologies for... Read more »
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Mid-season prospect report, part 2: The summer influx of talent

Mid-season prospect report, part 2: The summer influx of talent
The short season ball season has begun and that means an influx of new young talent to discuss – including some live young arms at the lower levels.  In fact, in a couple of years, we may be talking about the Cubs system more in terms of it’s pitching — or at least much more... Read more »

Cubs acquire Clayton Richard from Pirates; Trade Rafael Lopez to the Angels

A couple of minor deals to report…. #Cubs get pitcher Clayton Richard from Pitt. for cash. He will start Saturday — Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) July 3, 2015   The Cubs acquired 31 year old LHP Clayton Richard from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.  Richards last pitched in the majors in 2013 when... Read more »

Evaluating the 1 Year Anniversary & Remembering the 239th Anniversary

Evaluating the 1 Year Anniversary & Remembering the 239th Anniversary
Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?  Samardzija and Hammel shipped west to Oakland, and Billy Beane shipped fresh faced Addison Russell, Dan Straily and Billy McKinney into the Cubs farm system.  My wife and I were on a boat with my mother-in-law and father-in-law just an hour east of Fargo, ND... Read more »
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Cubs Minor League Daily: Another IFA signing; Happ, Almora HR; McNutt makes first rehab start

Cubs Minor League Daily: Another IFA signing; Happ, Almora HR; McNutt makes first rehab start
It’s been so long since we saw Trey McNutt that we almost did not recognize him on the mound.  He still has a ways to go.  The FB was about 5-7 mph slower than we are used to seeing, the command was off, and he had trouble getting a feel for his breaking ball.  ... Read more »

The End Times--Cubs 6 Mets 1

The End Times--Cubs 6 Mets 1
And sometimes you can’t predict baseball either. The Cubs struck first in the second inning. Chris Coghlan walked to lead off the inning. Chris Denorfia continued to laugh in the face of BABIP dragon with another single to put runners on the corner. Jonathan Herrera executed a perfect squeeze bunt play to give the Cubs... Read more »

Cubs aiming for quality and quantity in 2015 IFA class

Cubs aiming for quality and quantity in 2015 IFA class
UPDATE 2 Amarista, who was said to be learning toward the Cubs, will not sign today but the bigger news is that Eddy Martinez will not sigh either. The Cubs are said to have interest in the player that some believe to be the best in this class, but the Dodgers are thought to be... Read more »
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Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Hudson signs, Underwood OK; Eloy goes boom

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Hudson signs, Underwood OK; Eloy goes boom
Some of the biggest stories were off the field today… One more high ceiling pitcher in the fold… 3rd-rder Bryan Hudson signs w/@Cubs for $1.1 mil (slot 82 = $731k). Illinois HS RHP, projectable 6-ft-7, VG curve, hits 92 w/FB. @MLBDraft — Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 2, 2015 The Cubs now have signed 23 of... Read more »