Posts tagged "Anthony Rizzo"

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Cubs Opening Day

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Cubs Opening Day
The Cubs battled the Pirates to a standstill on Opening Day in Pittsburgh until extra innings, when Neil Walker took Carlos Villanueva deep to lead off the bottom of the tenth and walk off with the victory.  Being the first real Cubs game after several months of winter, it was great to see the team... Read more »

Fear and Loathing in Prospecting

Fear and Loathing in Prospecting
We all have fears in life.  In baseball, the big fear is that your favorite team will be terrible and miss the playoffs.  In the case of the Cubs, that fear more often than not is borne in reality.  A huge part of that fear in the current incarnation of the Cubs is that all... Read more »

Your Chicago Cubs Opening Day 25 man Roster for 2014

Your Chicago Cubs Opening Day 25 man Roster for 2014
Even though pitchers and catchers only reported two days ago for your Chicago Cubs, and position players have yet to officially report (though a few early birds have arrived) you can make a few educated guesses as to who will likely be heading north with the team when they leave Spring Training. While many things... Read more »
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What if? An optimistic plan for a 2014 Cubs contender

What if? An optimistic plan for a 2014 Cubs contender
What combination of things would have to happen to make 2014 an interesting season to watch at the major league level?  I am not talking about winning a postseason spot in a division with two 90 win teams (Cardinals and Pirates) and another quality foe (Reds). I am talking about what would have to happen... Read more »

The Hitter Aging Curve and the Cubs Young Core

The Hitter Aging Curve and the Cubs Young Core
We interrupt your regularly scheduled Tanaka mania to bring you this. Jeff Zimmerman has been working on a series about hitter aging curve that is so incredibly relevant to the Cubs situation. The two pieces are well worth the read if you haven’t already done so here and here. The gist of the two pieces... Read more »

Could it Be Mueller Time For the Cubs?

Could it Be Mueller Time For the Cubs?
Late last week, the Chicago Cubs lost their hitting coach James Rowson when he left the organization for the same job with the New York Yankees. This departure likely will not cause fans to shed any tears as they have been calling for his departure for the better part of his time in Chicago. What... Read more »
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Scenes From the Rick Renteria Conference Call

Scenes From the Rick Renteria Conference Call
With the news that Rick Renteria got the gig, the media was treated to a conference call just now with the new manager, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.  Here are some items of note. Both Theo and Jed were emphatic about Renteria meeting all of their criteria for the next Cubs manager, and Hoyer also... Read more »

Some Sports Fan(s) Need to Fix Their Priorities

Some Sports Fan(s) Need to Fix Their Priorities
Today, we learned that Anthony Rizzo is the Chicago Cubs nominee for the Roberto Clemente award. He was given this honor because of his charity work, most notably for his Anthony Rizzo Foundation. Because he is a Childhood Cancer survivor, he devotes a lot of his time to helping children who are also affected by... Read more »

Not for lack of effort

Not for lack of effort
I just wanted to give a shoutout to the Cubs, who are terrible this year (not as terrible as last year, but still pretty bad).  Despite being outclassed by their opponents, particularly in their own division, they still try their best.  The effort that fans harp on, because they don’t perceive what I do, is... Read more »
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Ivy's Roundup: Cubs unable to Dodge a Sweep

Ivy's Roundup: Cubs unable to Dodge a Sweep
The Cubs are 23-33 at Wrigley Field and are slightly better on the road where they have a 26-29 record. It is very obvious that the Cubs struggles are due to the lack of hitting, especially getting clutch hits with runners in scoring position. With an off day today before a six-game road trip starts;... Read more »