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Today on our Wrigley Talk Friday podcast, Adam, Julie and I discussed the Wrigley renovation saga as both Tom Tunney and the Cubs posture in the media, while Cubs fans kvetch over the potential loss of the manual scoreboard. We looked at the final roster and the few players remaining as possibilities, got sad, and […]
Great article by Joe Posnanski on Theo and changing the culture of the Cubs organization http://www.nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/51282651
Unless you read every word, you probably didn't see that defacto OV owner Harry Pavlidis has expanded his internet empire to the Washington Post, where he will write about pitch f/x-y things for the Nationals. Luckily for HP, they have this Stephen Strasburg guy. Here's his first of what will be many great articles.
Today on Wrigley Talk Friday, we hope we finally closed the door on Tony Campana discussion, reflected on Theo's honesty about where the Cubs stand, and admitted to some deep emotional scarring that the Cubs have inflicted on us over the years. By the way, the Theo interview we discuss can be heard here. Listen to […]
If you've got some time to kill, this is a fun trip down memory lane. Fun fact: the Cubs only had one player in the top 100 in 1993 and 1994….and it was the legendary Brooks Kieschnick. Lots of bare years after that too, when Kerry Wood was the only real prospect in the system. […]
Mish highlighted what has to be the best comment ever posted anywhere (comment number 4): Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be breached by men with bats. I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Sosa and you curse Bonds. You have […]
I was tempted to begin this column with the almost-obligatory lyrics from "War," a No. 1 hit song in 1970. But when Edwin Starr sang that war was good for "absolutely nothing'' (say it, say it again), he was recording a protest against actual warfare. My protest, on the other hand, is about something much […]
John Sickels has the Cubs minor league system rated #10 in his latest rankings. Last year they were 20th. The Cardinals are #1, the Pirates are #5, the Reds are #15 and the Brewers are #23. 10) Chicago Cubs (20): Another system that has improved quickly. Strengths: hitting at the top: Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Jorge […]
Less than one month until Chicago Cubs baseball is on the air! WGN Radio will broadcast nine games. I wouldn't be surprised if most of the rest are covered on Gameday Radio, as was the case last year. No word yet on any televised games, though I would be surprised if any are non-weekend games.
Folks involved in this process believe that the D-Backs want to make a decision on trading Kubel or Upton by Friday.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 23, 2013
This ESPN blurb lists three relatively minor rule changes for the upcoming season. Here's the highlights Coaches and managers are now allowed to bring an interpreter when conferencing with a pitcher. The article implies that this rule is mostly due to Yu Darvish. Due to the recent trend in teams having two hitting coaches, teams […]
All around nice guy Milton Bradley has been busy lately. Bradley denies the charges against him, brought by his soon-to-be ex-wife (the two are in the middle of a contentious divorce, no doubt brought on by the fact that he’s around the house quite a bit more often now). Milton Bradley is probably not a […]
Good stuff. SP Sandy Koufax 50 C Johnny Bench 72 1B Willie McCovey 61 2B Jackie Robinson 59 3B Paul Molitor 73 SS Ozzie Smith 73 LF Lou Brock 43 CF Kirby Puckett 48 RF Dave Winfield 59 Total: 538 SP Kevin Brown 64 C Ted Simmons 47 1B Jon Olerud 54 2B Lou Whitaker […]
The Cubs ZiPS projections for 2013 are available on Fangraphs now. The Cubs are projected by ZiPS to have, in shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, to have a pair of basically All Star-type players who are also just 23 years old. Those are good kinds of players to have — especially for […]