Archive for July 2014

Cubs Insider Exclusive Interview: Former Cub Steve Trout (A Very Big Fish)

Cubs Insider Exclusive Interview: Former Cub Steve Trout (A Very Big Fish)
Editor’s note: Following my interview with Steve Trout, I felt the best approach to this article–this being part one of two–was in the spirit of Steve telling you his story. It would be lazy to make this a typical Q&A. Everything you will read in the following, minus a few stats here and there, are... Read more »

Love It or Shove It: Cubs Trade Deadline Edition

Love It or Shove It: Cubs Trade Deadline Edition
Well, another non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, rending the MLB landscape with its sheer awesomeness. David Price is a Tiger, John Lester joined an already-stacked A’s rotation, and the Yankees acquired Marlon Byrd. Damn those fake Twitter accounts and the reputable ESPN baseball pundits who believe them. But enough about that, let’s talk... Read more »

Beane and A's Provide a Blueprint for Cubs

Beane and A's Provide a Blueprint for Cubs
Billy Beane just showed you the blueprint. The Oakland veteran GM built himself a model of young and inexpensive players. When Beane deemed his vehicle ready to contend for a crown, he put the foot down on the gas pedal. By trading top prospects for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel it looked like the A’s... Read more »
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Clock Ticking On Cubs and Edwin Jackson

Clock Ticking On Cubs and Edwin Jackson
Time may be running out on the Cubs and this front office’s biggest free agency investment to date.  Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made Annibal Sanchez their offseason priority a couple of years ago. They whiffed, regrouped, and went to Plan B in Edwin Jackson. At the time, some were just happy the Cubs were... Read more »

I Miss the Cubs of my Childhood

I Miss the Cubs of my Childhood
I really enjoy being a part of this whole ChicagoNow network. I assume that most of you have at least a rudimentary grasp of CN, in that you probably see the logo when you’re reading this or other Cubs blogs. But what you might not know is that it’s a vast network of different blogs,... Read more »

Cubs Play Marathon Game, Twitter Narrates

Cubs Play Marathon Game, Twitter Narrates
Last night’s 16-inning marathon Cubs game was the longest in team history, stretching 6 hours and 27 minutes. When you consider that the Cubs have played baseball for, like, a million years, that’s pretty impressive. To say that it was historical would be correct. Although I’ll be the first to admit I gave up and... Read more »
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Cubs Applying Shift At Trade Deadline

Cubs Applying Shift At Trade Deadline
The shift. Over the last few years, we have witnessed the shift being utilized more and more within the game. Today, however, I’m not talking about about a defensive shift in accordance with a player’s hitting tendencies. I’m talking about the shift that has become quite obvious in regards to the Cubs’ attitude toward the trading... Read more »

Why I Won't be Watching the Cubs Tonight

Why I Won't be Watching the Cubs Tonight
The Cubs will be facing the Colorado Rockies tonight at 8:05 EDT, smack in my ideal prime-time viewing window, but I won’t be watching. That in and of itself probably isn’t very unique though; I’m sure many of the rest of you stayed up well past your bedtimes to take in last night’s 16-inning marathon... Read more »

Despite Another Inevitable Death Spiral, Cubs Have Avoided the Worst Pitfalls

Despite Another Inevitable Death Spiral, Cubs Have Avoided the Worst Pitfalls
There’s never really an off-time for Chicago sports. After a disappointing finish, the Blackhawks have had some feel-good news in terms of contract extensions. The Bulls remain involved in the Kevin Love sweepstakes and the NBA hot stove is still burning nicely. And Bear-bonnais is open for business, signalling the NFL season’s inevitable citywide takeover.... Read more »
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Stop Comparing Kyle Hendricks to Greg Maddux

Stop Comparing Kyle Hendricks to Greg Maddux
The comparisons were always going to be there. Young, right-handed starter that gets guys out more on guile than stuff. The fact that one looked bookish smart and the other is an Ivy League graduate doesn’t hurt either. Then one made a speech prior to his induction into Cooperstown almost moments before the other made... Read more »