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Cubbies Crib Nov 15, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Regardless of voting, Javier Baez made history this year

After finishing as the runner-up in the National League MVP voting, Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez should be nothing but proud of the season he turned in. We all pretty much knew how this was going to end. Given the second half he turned in, Christian Yelich deserved to win the National League MVP. It’s […] Chicago Cubs: Regardless of voting, Javier Baez made history this year - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 15, 2018
Red Sox Mookie Betts and Brewers Christian Yelich win BBWAA MVP Awards

Red Sox Mookie Betts and Brewers Christian Yelich win BBWAA MVP Awards

The Cubs Javier Baez finished second in the NL Balloting The fourth and final of the 2019 Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) awards were announced today and the Most Valuable Player Award winners were outfielders Mookie Betts of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox and Christian Yelich of the National League Central champion Milwaukee Brewers. It was the first time either player has won the award. The 26-year-old Betts had a season for the ages in Boston. He led the majors with a .346 batting average, 129 runs scores and a .640 slugging percentage that was fueled by 47...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 13, 2018
Cub Tracks opens the door

Cub Tracks opens the door

Javy’s mean, Free Agent green, trade the team, and other bullets So...the reason for the eye-test argument, last episode. Let’s make a long story short, and keep things reasonably simple...let’s consider the case of Javier Baez. Is he at a new level, or was 2018 an overachiever moment? Progress isn’t linear, right? Javy’s bbref page tells us that he earned more than half of his lifetime WAR in 2018 (6.3; 11.9), and further that he has ascended a pretty smooth curve, with such individual stats as HR (14, 23, 34) and such suspect data as RBI (59, 75, 111) making steady progress the...
Cubbies Crib Nov 11, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez embodied ‘Carpe Diem’ all season long

Thanks to the popular film ‘Dead Poet’s Society’, we all know ‘carpe diem.’ This season, Chicago Cubs MVP candidate Javier Baez seized each and every day. Thanks to Mr. Keating’s (the late, great Robin Williams) lecture on making the most of one’s opportunities in the movie, Dead Poet’s Society, we are all very aware of the […] Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez embodied ‘Carpe Diem’ all season long - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 8, 2018
Javier Baez wins Silver Slugger award

Javier Baez wins Silver Slugger award

The Cubs infielder will take home some hardware this fall. Javier Baez had a breakout offensive season in 2018, hitting .290/.326/.554 with 34 home runs and a league-leading 111 RBI. These numbers helped him post a 6.1 bWAR season, by far the best of his career. He’ll probably come up short of the National League MVP, as Christian Yelich is the likely winner of that award, but Thursday evening, Javy was named the National League’s Silver Slugger Award winner for second base for 2018 by the Louisville Slugger company. Baez is one of six first-time Silver Slugger winners this year, along...

Cubs' Javier Baez and White Sox's Jose Abreu win Silver Slugger awards

Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu were named winners of the 2018 Silver Slugger awards. Baez, one of the three finalists for National League MVP award, earned his first Silver Slugger after hitting .290 with 34 home runs and 111 RBIs. Last week he lost out to...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 7, 2018
SB Nation Offseason Simulation: The fake 2019 Cubs

SB Nation Offseason Simulation: The fake 2019 Cubs

All the SB Nation sites got together for some simulated wheeling and dealing. With a full month to look back on it, many Cubs fans can appreciate that the 2018 season was, on the whole and in a vacuum, quite the success. The Cubs got a breakout season from Javier Baez, survived the dreadful debuts of free agent signees Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood, enjoyed continued improvement from Jason Heyward’s bat, found a potential key rotation cog for the future in a rejuvenated Cole Hamels, and still finished tied with the most wins in the National League after 162 games. Of course, over about 36...
Cubbies Crib Nov 5, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Javier Báez named finalist for National League MVP award

A tremendous 2018 season has Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez among the three finalists for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. This year, Javier Báez posted one of the best offensive seasons by a Chicago Cubs infielder in franchise history. Now, he could cement himself in MLB history for his efforts. Monday, MLB announced […] Chicago Cubs: Javier Báez named finalist for National League MVP award - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 4, 2018
The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Show, ESPN, Sunday 11/4, 8 p.m. CT

The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Show, ESPN, Sunday 11/4, 8 p.m. CT

If you’re watching this show, three Cubs are up for possible Gold Glove Awards tonight. Discuss here! This isn’t just a dry awards show. The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Show, scheduled to air live on ESPN at 8 p.m. CT, will also include a special edition of Baseball Tonight’s Web Gems, highlighting the best defensive plays of the season. I’m pretty sure you’ll see some of Javier Baez in there. Javy, along with Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward, are the three Cubs “finalists” for Gold Gloves at their positions (second base, first base and right field, respectively). I put...
Cubbies Crib Nov 4, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Could Javier Baez be even better in 2019?

Last season, Javier Baez put it all together for the first time. But still only 25 years old, the exciting Chicago Cubs infielder is far from a finished product. Chicago Cubs standout Javier Baez is what baseball scouts and fans like to refer to as a five-tool player.  In terms of overall potential and ability, […] Chicago Cubs: Could Javier Baez be even better in 2019? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Cubs' Javier Baez and White Sox's Adam Engel learn Gold Glove Award fate Sunday

Will Javier Baez be penalized for his exceptional defensive versatility? Baez and the Cubs will find out Sunday night when the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards will be announced. Baez is a finalist at second base, along with Kolten Wong of the Cardinals and DJ LeMahieu of the Rockies. But Baez started...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 2, 2018
2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Year in review, part 2

2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Year in review, part 2

A look at the 10 biggest positive WPA events Today, we take our second look back at the 2018 season through the lens of Heroes and Goats and WPA. This time, we take a more upbeat look as we look at the 10 largest positive WPA events of the year. This list is exactly what you’d have expected at the start of the season, what with a healthy dose of Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez. Sure, that makes sense. Wait, there’s no Kris Bryant and no Willson Contreras? Ok, maybe it’s not quite what you’d have expected. An Ian Happ moment? Yeah, there was one of those in 2017 too, so he has an...
Cubbies Crib Oct 27, 2018

Chicago Cubs net three well-deserving Gold Glove Award finalists

Three members of the Chicago Cubs are finalists for the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Never before have three Cubs won the honors in the same year. Could the Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo (first base), Javier Baez (second base), Jason Heyward (right field) all win when the 2018 Gold Glove recipients are announced on Nov. […] Chicago Cubs net three well-deserving Gold Glove Award finalists - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Javier Baez, Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo and Adam Engel are Gold Glove Award finalists

Javier Baez, Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs and Adam Engel of the White Sox are Gold Glove Award finalists, Rawlings announced Thursday. Baez, 25, is a finalist at second base with the Cardinals’ Kolton Wong and the Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu. The versatile Baez started 75 games at second...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Oct 25, 2018
Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward are Cubs Gold Glove finalists

Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward are Cubs Gold Glove finalists

Two Cubs could come home with some hardware this fall. The Rawlings Company revealed the “finalists” for Gold Glove Awards Thursday. Really, these aren’t “finalists” — that would imply another vote. The voting’s already been done; those announced Thursday are simply the three top vote-getters at all the positions, with the winners to be announced at a later date. Here are the Cubs “finalists”: #Rawlings #GoldGlove Award Finalists – NL 1B – @reds Joey Votto, @braves @FreddieFreeman5, @cubs @arizzo44 pic.twitter.com/lhfJfcA5Gz— Rawlings Sports (@RawlingsSports)...

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