Posts tagged "Jed Hoyer"

Why the Cubs Wanted Cole Hamels But Didn't Get Him

Why the Cubs Wanted Cole Hamels But Didn't Get Him
My info sez the CUBS put in the waiver claim on Cole Hamels. Would the Phils trade him there now and would Cole accept? — Mike Missanelli (@MikeMiss975) August 7, 2014 @adamnicholas0 @CubsDen @BleacherNation Actually is confirmed. — David Kaplan (@thekapman) August 7, 2014 In case you are just jumping in, doesn’t look like Hamel... Read more »

Cubs Brain Trust In a League of its Own

Cubs Brain Trust In a League of its Own
Occasionally, I feel a pang of stinging disappointment with regard to the Chicago Cubs, a nagging irritation beneath the persistent impatience. You likely feel it, too. These waves of uncertainty can visit at any time, triggered by a myriad of circumstances and conditions. Perhaps you’re watching a Cardinals game, or a duel between warring teams... Read more »

Can Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 3)

Can Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 3)
Here is part one and part two of this series. Platoon Advantage A lot has been written about the Cubs top hitting prospects, but a common concern is the lack of left-handed bats in this elite group. This might actually be an advantage that the Cubs front office can exploit. The explosion in lefty specialists... Read more »
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Can the Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 2)

Can the Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 2)
Here is part one that introduces this three part series. Catchers and Pitch Framing Pitch framing has been a hot topic in the stats community for more than a couple of years now. The research exploring how much catchers can influence the game is staggering. Baseball Prospectus suggests that the best pitch framer, Jose Molina,... Read more »

Can Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 1)

Can Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 1)
Are sabermetrics revolutionary or evolutionary at this point?   That’s the question Christina Kahrl  asked in writing about the end of the annual SABR conference. The consensus seems to be that expanding knowledge of the game was more more the latter than the former. Moneyball, the most often (mis)used term to refer to sabermetrics, was entirely devoted to the... Read more »

How Can Cubs Win in 2014?

How Can Cubs Win in 2014?
I’m not trying to link-bait here for my first post on Cubs Insider. I promise. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Reddit is the “front page of the Internet,” a social website where millions of users gather to discuss topics like True Detective, atheism, or slow cooker recipes. Oh, and baseball. There’s a daily discussion... Read more »
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Cubs Q and A with ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg: Rooftops, Resources, Prospects

Cubs Q and A with ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg: Rooftops, Resources, Prospects
 Jon Greenberg of ESPN Chicago has been one of the go-to reads when it comes to big picture Cubs coverage. Greenberg has detailed the Ricketts ownership, rooftop saga, rebuild, Wrigley renovation, and overall organizational outlook with his own unique take.  I was able to check in with him in regards to much of those same... Read more »

You Suck: Greatest Hits from Comments on my Cubs Articles

You Suck: Greatest Hits from Comments on my Cubs Articles
If you’ve read my work, you know that I’m often a sarcastic and self-deprecating guy.  Part of that is a defense mechanism, a way to sort of protect myself from the slings and arrows of outrageous (mis)fortune.  I like to think of it as the B. Rabbit-from-8-Mile strategy, except without super-dope rhymes or Mekhi Phifer.... Read more »

Cubs' Rizzo Being Pressed into Leadership Role?

Cubs' Rizzo Being Pressed into Leadership Role?
I’ve been thinking it, I’ve written it. Anthony Rizzo spoke to it. Someone is going to have to look out for the next group of Cubs wunderkinds. Rizzo seemed willing to take on some of that responsibility Tuesday in camp by addressing it. “[The media] is going to crown them (Cubs top prospects) the next... Read more »
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The Next James Russell(s)?

The Next James Russell(s)?
James Russell has been one of the most consistent pieces of the Cubs inconsistent bullpen over the last three seasons, and there may be more from the same mold coming down the pipeline. I’m not necessarily talking about Cubs minor leaguers with similar pitching repertoires to Russell but, instead current starters in the system that... Read more »