The Cubs finalized their coaching staff on Wednesday hiring a new bench coach and mental skills coordinator. Brandon Hyde, bench coach in 2018, took the managerial job with the Baltimore Orioles last month. Darnell McDonald was the first person to hold the job of mental skills coordinator when it was created in 2015. Speculation about... Read more »
Hope everyone had a good holiday whatever you celebrate. The Cubs hot stove is starting to show a flicker of heat. At least enough for me to write a new rumor article. The Bryce Harper to Cubs talk refuses to die, despite getting very little oxygen. With that in mind, scenarios to unload Jason Heyward’s... Read more »
The time has come, the annual MLB Winter Meetings got underway in Las Vegas on Monday. Four days in which team executives and player agents can meet and start serious negotiations for sought after free-agents. This week is when the hot stove reaches full temperature, so let’s check the rumor mill. Cubs Rumors GM Jed... Read more »
Brandon Morrow Underwent Offseason Elbow Surgery The need to add a bullpen arm has become more acute with word received today that on November 6th oft-injured closer Brandon Morrow underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. Theo Epstein says he expects the hard-throwing right-hander to miss the beginning of the season. Theo Epstein says Brandon Morrow... Read more »
We all have things we look forward to in the spring. Pitchers and catchers reporting, the first televised game of spring, and of course Opening Day. An odd quirk I’ve had since my childhood is keeping my eyes on the dormant ivy, eagerly awaiting those first visible pops of green. That’s usually a few weeks... Read more »
Back in town today, brunchers, after a fun and wrestling-filled jaunt around the East Coast. But as is the way, I came back to find some turbulence in greater Cubdom.
I have to say, as the news spread on Tuesday and I was in New York, I tried to just ignore it and told myself I would just worry about it when I got home late that night. But I couldn't help but be deflated when seeing the Cubs had acquired Daniel Murphy. Not just in the acquisition of that person, and the cold calculation behind it, but because I knew what the cycle would be, both internally for myself and the coverage and reaction around it...
Okay, the flag flying next to the scoreboard is irrefutable proof that the change from well liked and respected baseball man Jim Hendry to former wunderkids Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer was correct. There has been little doubt of that fact for a while. And sure, Hendry’s first swing at the apple came the closest... Read more »
Real fake baseball is fully back. It is still over a month away from having any meaning, but it is yet another marker to the true start of the year. There is little drama around this as there are few position battles to be determined, and everyone is aware of the trickiness of projecting spring... Read more »
It’s finally here! That’s right, Cubs pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training in Mesa. It was one Chicago pitcher that was the center of attention on Tuesday. Yu Darvish was officially introduced as a Cub this afternoon. Watch the full conference here: The tall right-hander said via translator that he was very impressed with... Read more »
The deep freeze of the offseason remains. The Gerrit Cole trade was the latest move that was going to break the impressive logjam in the starting pitching market. But we are less than a month before pitchers and catchers reporting with the four best free agent starting pitchers still unsure whether they are headed to... Read more »