11:34 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2019
Bleed Cubbie Blue 9 hours ago
Cubs place one prospect on Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list

Cubs place one prospect on Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list

The Cubs have one of the top prospects in the game, but we don’t know who it is yet. Baseball America, the oldest and most respected of all the baseball rankings, will release their rankings of the Top 100 prospects in all of baseball on Wednesday. Baseball America has told us at BCB that one Cubs minor leaguer made the 2019 list. This is an improvement over 2018, when the Cubs organization was completely shut out of the list. We don’t know yet who the prospect is, but it is most likely shortstop Nico Hoerner, who was named as the Cubs number-one prospect by Baseball America earlier...
Cubbies Crib 13 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Bryant a loser? And our expert makes his return

 Whether it be intentional or not, the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant got the rivalry between them and the Cardinals off to an early start. And our expert returns after being out for seven months while being treated for brain cancer. It seemed as if it was supposed...

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Cubbies Crib 1 hour ago

Chicago Cubs: Front office reiterates the bullpen is their top priority

We’ve talked about the Chicago Cubs bullpen issues all winter long, but still, nothing has been done. The clock is ticking, but Theo Epstein and the Cubs front office have assured us that revamping the bullpen is their primary concern. Over the weekend, the Chicago Cubs hosted the 34th annual Cubs Convention. Theo Epstein held […] Chicago Cubs: Front office reiterates the bullpen is their top priority - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib 3 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Optimism reigns supreme at this year’s Cubs Convention

As a frustration offseason draws to a close, the Chicago Cubs held their annual Cubs Convention over the weekend and the mood was overwhelmingly positive. As just a second-time attendee to Cubs Convention, I understand that my knowledge related to the team’s annual gathering is quite limited. I never knew the event when Chicago Cubs […] Chicago Cubs: Optimism reigns supreme at this year’s Cubs Convention - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Call to the Pen 4 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein wants it both ways with Addison Russell

The Chicago Cubs trying to say the right things about Addison Russell, but it is coming off as disingenuous. On Friday, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, sat down for a lengthy interview with The Athletic about his decision to offer a contract to shortstop Addison Russell. After a series of allegations from Russell’s ex-wife, […] Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein wants it both ways with Addison Russell - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib 7 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Paying players to play for other teams

The Chicago Cubs should avoid paying players to play for other teams. That makes sense and sounds simple enough. But many pundits and Cubs fans are clamoring for the front office to get rid of players that will require the team to do precisely that. The Cubs current front office of Theo Epstein and Jed […] Chicago Cubs: Paying players to play for other teams - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue 11 hours ago
50 years on, the 1969 Chicago Cubs are still beloved

50 years on, the 1969 Chicago Cubs are still beloved

Half a century has passed since this team thrilled us, then ended in disappointment It is a sobering thought for those of us “of a certain age” who lived through the 1969 Cubs season and fell in love with that team, only to have our dreams crushed when they faded late in the season, that so many of our childhood heroes are now gone. Of the 41 players who wore the blue pinstripes in 1969, 18 of them are no longer with us. Ernie Banks and Ron Santo, sadly, didn’t make it to see their beloved team win the World Series in 2016. Jim Hickman, Willie Smith, Oscar Gamble, Gene Oliver, Manny...
Bleed Cubbie Blue 13 hours ago
Some further thoughts on the new proposed Cubs TV network

Some further thoughts on the new proposed Cubs TV network

2020 will see major changes in the way you watch Cubs games. For decades, Cubs fans have been used to watching their favorite team’s games either on over-the-air broadcast TV, or on a cable/satellite channel the team contracted with to carry a portion of their schedule. (For this discussion, we’ll ignore games carried by national networks, as all teams have some games broadcast that way.) Before I talk about the team’s new proposed TV channel, a bit of history. WGN-TV has been at the forefront of that Cubs broadcast history. Since 1948, games have been shown on WGN in Chicago. Between...
Bleed Cubbie Blue 16 hours ago
Baseball history unpacked, January 21

Baseball history unpacked, January 21

Landis, Dickens, and other stories A wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. The embedded links often point to articles that I’ve chosen as illustrative of the scenes, from The Society for American Baseball Research, reproductions of period newspapers, images, and other such material. You might learn something, but mostly, it’s for fun! Today in baseball history: 1921 - ”The legend has been spread that the owners...
Cubbies Crib Jan 20, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Panicked musings from the Cub-o-sphere

Several people in the Chicago Cubs organization have made statements recently that slam the door on signing a big-ticket free agent this offseason.  They have also restated their belief that the Cubs have the players to compete.  So let’s write off the 2019 season right now. After this week, the Cub-o-sphere is in full panic mode. Starting […] Chicago Cubs: Panicked musings from the Cub-o-sphere - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Fussin' and feudin': Cards, Cubs stoke rivalry, trade barbs

To St. Louis pitcher John Brebbia, this fussin' and feudin' between the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs is a perfect winter warmup.
Cubbies Crib Jan 20, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Apparently, Kris Bryant is a “Loser”

Kris Bryant, while a guest of Ryan Dempster at CubsCon on Friday night, made a joke about St. Louis being “boring” and, apparently, St. Louis Cardinal Yadier Molina didn’t like it very much. He sent a scathing reply via the most adult way possible, complete with name-calling and poor grammar on Instagram. Friday night at […] Chicago Cubs: Apparently, Kris Bryant is a “Loser” - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Call to the Pen Jan 20, 2019

Kris Bryant re-ignites Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals rivalry

The Chicago Cubs star’s comments re-stoke a long-burning rivalry, and the St. Louis Cardinals react by upping the ante The Chicago Cubs/St. Louis Cardinals rivalry is heated enough that it doesn’t need any off-season juicing. But that didn’t stop Kris Bryant and Ryan Dempster from stoking the fires at that most reliable of all outlets, […] Kris Bryant re-ignites Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals rivalry - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib Jan 20, 2019

Chicago Cubs: From cancer to a new baby, then back to the Cubs

Last June, everything changed for our family. The summer was supposed to be about covering the Chicago Cubs for FanSided. But it became much more than that. If you’ve been a reader of Cubbies Crib over the past few years, you likely know who I am and know my recent story. If you’re new to […] Chicago Cubs: From cancer to a new baby, then back to the Cubs - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jan 20, 2019
The Cubs and other MLB teams are definitely interested in Luke Hagerty

The Cubs and other MLB teams are definitely interested in Luke Hagerty

This could be the comeback story of the decade. I’ve written twice in the last week about former Cubs No. 1 draft pick (2002) Luke Hagerty, who began his attempted comeback at a throwing session in Seattle last Sunday, and it was later reported that he threw faster than any of the other dozen or so pitchers at that session, averaging nearly 97 miles per hour. Even though Hagerty is 37 — and will turn 38 April 1, and that’s no foolin’ — someone who can bring that kind of fastball heat and is lefthanded surely deserves at least a look by a major-league team. In my two previous...
Call to the Pen Jan 20, 2019

Chicago Cubs launching their own TV network

The Chicago Cubs are moving to create their own television outlet and to do so by Opening Day of 2020 By April of 2020, you’ll almost certainly be watching the Chicago Cubs on a Cubs-owned network. You’ll also almost certainly be paying more to do so. Hey, you didn’t for a second think this had […] Chicago Cubs launching their own TV network - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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