Archive for March 2014

Cubs Debut New Look, Same Ugly Results At Plate on Opening Day

Cubs Debut New Look, Same Ugly Results At Plate on Opening Day
The Cubs may have changed their threads for Monday’s opener, yet something looked very familiar and ugly. While the Cubs unveiled some new alternate uniforms for Opening Day, they managed to look like the same sorry bunch trying to hit with men in scoring position. Back to the uniforms later, let’s talk about the unsightliness... Read more »

March (Meh)dness: All-Time Greatest Chicago Cubs Bracket (The Finally! 4)

March (Meh)dness: All-Time Greatest Chicago Cubs Bracket (The Finally! 4)
Alright, everyone who picked Florida, UConn, Wisconsin, and Kentucky in the Final 4, please raise your hand.  Alright, chief, no one believes you, so just go ahead and put it back down.  Seriously, what a crazy weekend of basketball.  It was really kind of them to wrap up the last couple of rounds in time... Read more »

A Short Tale About Jack Brickhouse

A Short Tale About Jack Brickhouse
Apparently, very few of you out there in Cubs twitter land remember much about Jack Brickhouse’s life outside of his broadcasting career (this includes you, Evan*). This is OK, though, since I myself have literally no memories of the man – he passed away during the summer of 1998, a time when I was just... Read more »
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Ryan Kalish Could be X Factor in Cubs Lineup

Ryan Kalish Could be X Factor in Cubs Lineup
The Cubs are looking for some balance in their lineup, for both the present and the future. I have heard for some time that manager Rick Renteria wants to find a left-handed hitter with speed to compliment the Cubs’ riches of right-handed hitters that will eventually fill out their future lineup cards. Lately, the buzz... Read more »

March (Meh)dness: All-Time Greatest Chicago Cubs Bracket (Eh-lite 8)

March (Meh)dness: All-Time Greatest Chicago Cubs Bracket (Eh-lite 8)
As in any tournament, there have been some unexpected results heretofore in the March (Meh)dness bracket.  Indeed, in our quest to determine the all-time greatest Chicago Cubs player(s), we’ve seen movie characters (Henry Rowengartner) and real-life heroes (Rick Monday) overcome the odds en route to victory. But as we approach the final days of the... Read more »

Cubs Q&A with ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers: Cubs/Blackhawks Core Parallels?

Cubs Q&A with ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers: Cubs/Blackhawks Core Parallels?
Jesse Rogers has become a staple for Chicago Cubs beat coverage. He joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000. Rogers was originally covering the Chicago Blackhawks’ ascension to the Stanley Cup before he got the call to Clark and Addison. Rogers’ radio reports are a regular future,... Read more »
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Dallas Buyers Club: Trades, Tirades, and the Magical Summer of 1984

Dallas Buyers Club: Trades, Tirades, and the Magical Summer of 1984
Here at Cubs Insider, we’ve written a lot about the Cubs front office, most of it complimentary.  That’s all well and good and I’m all for looking at The Plan and trying to extrapolate its long-term impact.  But I wanted to take a couple thousand words here to look back to a more innocent time... Read more »

Tommy's Notebook, Mesa Edition: Mike Olt Has A Very Quick Bat

Tommy's Notebook, Mesa Edition: Mike Olt Has A Very Quick Bat
I’ve been in Arizona this week golfing and watching baseball (though less of the latter than I’d like). I’ve seen a couple of Cubs games, and I’ve got a couple of thoughts to share that are too developed to share through twitter. (Which, by the way, follow me on Twitter at @TommyECook!) Cubs Notes Mike... Read more »

Cubs Prospects: 2014 Shortstop Goals

Cubs Prospects: 2014 Shortstop Goals
For all the talk of the Cubs’ prospects infield depth, the shortstop position is down to just two legitimate MLB prospects. But when one of them is Javier Baez, the system could probably start no one at short throughout the rest of the minors and look fine. Both Baez and Marco Hernandez have work to... Read more »
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Board of Traders: My Least-Favorite Former Cubs

Board of Traders: My Least-Favorite Former Cubs
When news of Jared Allen’s new deal with the Chicago Bears broke, the Twitter was awash with reaction from all sides. While most reaction from Bears fans welcomed the mulletted DE with open arms, the sentiment from Minnesota Vikings followers was, um, less than congratulatory. The wake of the announcement gave rise to the trending... Read more »