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Cubs Notes: McLeod speaks, Law bullish on Cubs system, Lazarito to decide soon, and other notes

Cubs Notes: McLeod speaks, Law bullish on Cubs system, Lazarito to decide soon, and other notes
Here in AZ, the weather is getting warmer and we’re getting closer to baseball Until then, here are some news and notes to tide us over… McLeod talks prospects Recently I briefly mentioned that Jason McLeod was on MLB radio with Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette in reference to Billy McKinney’s knee injury coming along... Read more »

Say Hey! Look who's in CF today!

Say Hey! Look who's in CF today!
Jason Heyward was among quite a few players taking some reps in BP and the OF.   While camp still has a casual feel to it and players are just getting loose, it was fun to watch Heyward run down fly balls.  He is such a fluid athlete and despite his big frame, he looks... Read more »

Covering baseball through scouting, statistics, and the forever youthful eyes of a diehard Cubs fan

Covering baseball through scouting, statistics, and the forever youthful eyes of a diehard Cubs fan
I’m in love I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!! – Buddy the Elf This may not sound like a big deal to most Cubs fans, but today I bought a pair of tickets to a spring game.  And not just any tickets, I went for the cheap seats out on the... Read more »
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2016 Cubs pitching, according to PECOTA

2016 Cubs pitching, according to PECOTA
I said it in my very first post here, but going into the 2016 season, I expect that our pitching will be the subtle strength of this team, and with an offense like we are projected to have, my expectation is that many of us might not be as apt to take notice of the... Read more »

A first glimpse of spring: Photo Gallery of CF practice

A first glimpse of spring: Photo Gallery of CF practice
This is not news…nothing really exciting is going on yet.  But since we’re all starving for baseball and I am limited right now as to much as how much I can type (In case you missed it on Twitter, I went to the ER yesterday to get stitches after gashing my hand on a piece... Read more »

The 2016 Cubs offense, according to PECOTA

The 2016 Cubs offense, according to PECOTA
I trust that most of us here are familiar with the PECOTA projections that Baseball Prospectus puts out each year, as well as roughly how they are put together. Those, along with the Steamer projections and the ZiPS projections, help give baseball fans a sense of what they might expect from the upcoming season. Or... Read more »
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Anarchists' Brunch: Coming Out Of Hibernation

Anarchists' Brunch: Coming Out Of Hibernation
Hello fitness friends! I know it's been a long, cold winter without me (and it'll still be a long, cold winter with me because it never ends in this city), but I'm back now. Better than ever? Almost certainly not. But back. And that's what's important. And I've also made the executive decision to add the apostrophe back in to "Anarchists'", because after all my brother named this after the John Sayles short story and we should try and stick as close to tradition as we can. Otherwise, we're not better than the animals. It's all pretty much gone quiet on the Cubs' front since the signing of Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward at the Winter Meetings. I spent a fair amount of time hiding behind the couch in anticipation of a Baez/Soler trade, which thankfully hasn't come to fruition yet. Yet. Silly things could happen in spring training of course, or right before. But Jorge Soler becoming Magneto-level powered in right field is basically the hill I will die on, much like I was convinced Juan Cruz was going to be the next Pedro Martinez when I was in college. So that went well...

9/18/2008: Finding Solace in a Cubs Game

9/18/2008: Finding Solace in a Cubs Game
Surprisingly, one of my most clear memories of a Cubs game is of one that I did not actually see. Regardless of what else is going on in the sports world, my mind nearly always gravitates toward the return of baseball at this time of year, so I am going to pay tribute to a... Read more »

Cubs agree to terms with Jake Arrieta

Cubs agree to terms with Jake Arrieta
There wasn’t a whole lot of suspense here in that Jake Arrieta is cost-controlled for the next two years, but it still feels good to see the two sides get this done without resorting to arbitration, something the Cubs prefer to avoid. Arrieta agrees to $10.7 million, 1-year contract. #Cubs — Jay Cohen (@jcohenap) February... Read more »
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Spring Training Restaurant Recommendations from Cubs players, staff, and media (1st edition)

Spring Training Restaurant Recommendations from Cubs players, staff, and media (1st edition)
As many of you know, I have been compiling an Arizona Spring Training Guide for those of you who are making the trip down.  I have been here less than a year and while I have already tried a lot of places,  I thought this Arizona rookie could get some help from some veterans.  This... Read more »