Category: Cubs Organization

Thoughts on Cubs hiring of Carter Hawkins as GM, and the statement from Tom Ricketts to season ticket holders

Thoughts on Cubs hiring of Carter Hawkins as GM, and the statement from Tom Ricketts to season ticket holders
Carter Hawkins continues a trend of recent hires by the Cubs from outside the organization which have been widely acclaimed throughout the industry. Among those hires: Dan Kantrovitz as VP or Scouting, Justin Stone as the Director of Hitting, and Craig Breslow as Director of Strategic Initiatives (who has since been promoted to Assistant GM/VP... Read more »

Winter Leagues Week 9

Winter Leagues Week 9
Good morning! Now the entire Caribbean is begun  their winter leagues as the Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico opened last Tuesday. That meant more chances for former and present Cubs prospects to show their stuff. For more information on all of the action, take a look inside!       Dominican Winter League Toros... Read more »

Joe Maddon and Cubs Agree To Part Ways

Joe Maddon and Cubs Agree To Part Ways
In lieu of a game post today, I’m going to talk about the big (and expected) news announced before the game. Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein mutually agreed that the manager would not return to Chicago in 2020. Joe and Theo got together last night, split a bottle of wine in Theo’s hotel room and... Read more »
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The Legacy of Bill Buckner

The Legacy of Bill Buckner
On April 8, 2008 upon the grand stage of Fenway Park, the world was able to see the the strength and determination of Bill Buckner. As the Boston Red Sox unfurled there 2007 World Series banner on opening day, Buckner stood on the mound and threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate Dwight Evans. The... Read more »

Cubs Announce Minor League Staff Assignments

Cubs Announce Minor League Staff Assignments
The Cubs announced their Minor League staff assignments for the 2019 season. First, the coaching staffs at each level include few surprises, with all of the managers for the club’s full season affiliates returning. You won’t find a pair of managers more experienced than Marty Pevey and Buddy Bailey. Each has coached for 30 years... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Roundup: Taking stock of position player inventory

Cubs Prospect Roundup: Taking stock of position player inventory
Player graduations, trades and a focus on acquiring pitching depth during the 2016 and 2017 drafts has thinned the upper levels of the Cubs Minor League system to the point that among the four full season affiliates there are only a four bats I currently consider to have a good shot at becoming full-time starters and that includes recent 1st... Read more »
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The Now and the Near Future

The Now and the Near Future
For over a hundred years the next season always held some allure because the current one rarely did. There was only an occasional pennant race to hold our attention, and so there was always Next Year, floating just out of reach. Tempting us to look ahead, to dream about the potential World Series glory to come.... Read more »

Small Ways the Cubs Can Improve in 2018: Defense

Small Ways the Cubs Can Improve in 2018: Defense
Previously, I have looked at where the Cubs might improve for 2018 in terms of their pitching and plate discipline, and for the last piece of this mini-puzzle, it’s time to focus on defense. The Cubs were historically good in 2016, so some retreat this season in their defensive performance was inevitable, but they were still... Read more »

The Case for Making a Splash Now (And for Yu Darvish)

The Case for Making a Splash Now (And for Yu Darvish)
There have been two large schools of thought on the Cubs offseason. One has been that the Cubs should execute a cautious approach. This approach is what the Cubs offseason has largely looked like so far. They have chosen to invest in short term deals with slightly higher AAV committed to the players. They have... Read more »
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Rule 5 Draft Recap: Cubs lose Pedro Araujo in MLB portion along with 3 Minor Leaguers

Rule 5 Draft Recap: Cubs lose Pedro Araujo in MLB portion along with 3 Minor Leaguers
For the Cubs it could have been worse. It also could have been better. Yes, every once in a while your club hits on a Hector Rondon, or loses a Marwin Gonzalez, but in the end the Rule 5 Draft rarely has a significant impact on the fortunes of a club. For the players involved... Read more »