6:30 PM EST, Tue November 19, 2019
Cubbies Crib 2 hours ago

Chicago Cubs should give Tyler Chatwood a chance in late innings

With an apparent need for an impact arm in the bullpen, the Chicago Cubs should see what Tyler Chatwood has to offer in the final year of his contract. As things currently stand, the Chicago Cubs have plenty of potential in their mix of bullpen arms – but little in the way of proven, reliable […] Chicago Cubs should give Tyler Chatwood a chance in late innings - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue 2 hours ago
Is Kris Bryant a clutch hitter?

Is Kris Bryant a clutch hitter?

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ This is a meme. And Fangraphs shows us the answer. Among the head-scratchers I've heard since mid-September from some circles around Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant: "He's not clutch." This is baffling, for a person who values baseball and language both in high esteem. I suppose people are allowed to use their definitions for a word, but this examines the bizarre clutchiness claim against the Cubs most recent MVP and Rookie of the Year. Sometimes, loaded terms are tossed around in and out of baseball. One can be "plays the game the right way," which can be very...
Cubbies Crib 5 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: South Bend to embrace Latino culture in 2020

This past week a report surfaced detailing the Chicago Cubs’ Class-A organization, the South Bend Cubs, and their embrace for Latino culture heading into the 2020 season. Fresh off a championship-winning season, the South Bend Cubs will change their narrative next season, choosing to become Los Cabritos Maldichos in five games to represent the Latino […] Chicago Cubs: South Bend to embrace Latino culture in 2020 - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib 8 hours ago

Chicago Cubs seem to be involved in the pursuit of Shogo Akiyama

As the Chicago Cubs look to address both offensive and defensive shortcomings, international free agent Shogo Akiyama could be an answer to some of both. As the game of baseball evolved to a more analytically-driven art, the value placed on the leadoff hitter has seemingly decreased. Jon Sciambi and the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball crew […] Chicago Cubs seem to be involved in the pursuit of Shogo Akiyama - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue 9 hours ago
How will MLB’s rule changes affect the Cubs in 2020?

How will MLB’s rule changes affect the Cubs in 2020?

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Baseball will be governed a bit differently next year. The rule changes could have unintended consequences. Major League Baseball has been tweaking various rules over the last few seasons. The ostensible reason is to improve the pace of play. The way I see it: Some of these rule changes, particularly the automatic intentional walk rule and the reduction in mound visits, have shaved a few seconds off game time. If MLB really wanted to improve the pace of play, they’d institute a pitch clock and enforce it. When they did that in Double-A and Triple-A in 2015, 12...
Bleed Cubbie Blue 10 hours ago
Cub Tracks bides time

Cub Tracks bides time

Home sweet home | Photo by David Banks/ ... getting value for Bryant, Yu has more jokes, Ross to Hazleton, and other bullets The front page is bedecked with interesting discussions — there’s only so much to talk about so far. Think of this as the best of the rest of. Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited views. Italics are often used here as sarcasm font. Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Cubs Q&A: Which big-name player is most likely to...
Cubbies Crib Nov 18, 2019

Chicago Cubs should go with Kyle Schwarber over Nicholas Castellanos

When it comes down to it, the Chicago Cubs are better off sticking with Kyle Schwarber and using their resources to shore up the pitching staff this winter. By far the most exciting part of watching Cubs baseball this year was when Nicholas Castellanos came to town bringing his own Big Stick Nick persona with […] Chicago Cubs should go with Kyle Schwarber over Nicholas Castellanos - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 18, 2019
Alfonso Soriano is among 18 new players on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot

Alfonso Soriano is among 18 new players on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot

Photo by Brian D. Kersey/ The former Cub had an outstanding career. Is it good enough for Cooperstown? Alfonso Soriano played six and a half years for the Cubs and hit 181 home runs in blue pinstripes. That ranks 12th in Cubs franchise history, just ahead of Derrek Lee and Andre Dawson. Soriano is among 18 new additions to this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. In alphabetical order, the other 17 are: Bobby Abreu, Josh Beckett, Heath Bell, Eric Chavez, Adam Dunn, Chone Figgins, Rafael Furcal, Jason Giambi, Raul Ibanez, Derek Jeter, Paul Konerko, Cliff Lee, Carlos Pena, Brad Penny, J.J. Putz,...
Cubbies Crib Nov 18, 2019

Chicago Cubs need to do more than piece together a bullpen

With more questions than answers right now, the Chicago Cubs have to do more than mix and match next season when it comes to the bullpen make-up. This time last year, we knew the Chicago Cubs had more questions than answers when it came to the bullpen. Despite even casual fans’ knowledge of this fact, […] Chicago Cubs need to do more than piece together a bullpen - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 18, 2019
The 10 best Cubs regular-season games of the 2010s, one per season

The 10 best Cubs regular-season games of the 2010s, one per season

These are to savor. There’s a reason I am limiting this companion piece to last week’s 10 worst games of the 2010s to “regular season” games. That’s because for the playoff seasons (save 2018), it would be way too easy to pick the 2015 game where the Cubs clinched the NLDS against the Cardinals, or Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, or the clinching game against the Nationals in 2017. This way, we look at the entire body of work of the regular season and remember some games you might have forgotten. June 13, 2010: Cubs 1, White Sox 0 This was ESPN’s featured Sunday Night...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 18, 2019
2020 Cubs season-ticket pricing: Pure genius or pure lunacy?

2020 Cubs season-ticket pricing: Pure genius or pure lunacy?

Al Yellon A deep dive into pricing for season tickets for 2020. After the Cubs sent season-ticket invoices out a couple of weeks ago, I posted this article detailing the prices, which have gone down an average of 2.5 percent for 2020. Some areas of the ballpark are dropping only 1.4 percent, others as much as 6.5 percent. For the last few seasons, BCB reader Lifetime Cubs Fan has been doing analysis here of ticket pricing trends for STH, at the box office and on the secondary market. Today, I present LCF’s detailed analysis of the Cubs’ pricing for 2020 season tickets and asks, as...
Cubbies Crib Nov 18, 2019

Cubs: What a deal with Javier Baez could look like

With the Cubs notably looking to extend Javier Baez, we take a look at what a deal could look like and some potential implications The most essential Cubs off-season in recent memory is here, and many Cubs fans don’t expect the front office to take it lightly. It’s worth noting that Willson Contreras, Javier Baez, […] Cubs: What a deal with Javier Baez could look like - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 18, 2019
MLB Bullets looks for a silver lining

MLB Bullets looks for a silver lining

Jake Odorizzi | Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports News from the hot stove. I think we covered the latest developments in the Astros sign-stealing scandal pretty well yesterday. Go back and read that article for more information. Also, we’ll have more coverage of MLB’s attempt to gut the minor leagues all week, but you can get a head start by reading this piece in the New York Times and this one in the The New York Daily News. Here is the list of teams marked for execution. There aren’t any Cubs affiliates on the list, but the Cubs former long-time affiliate in Daytona is. The entire...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 18, 2019
Baseball history unpacked, November 18

Baseball history unpacked, November 18

Hawk eye | Photo by Focus on Sport/ Rifleman of the PCL, Hawk MVP, Sveum time, Arrieta Cys, and other stories ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted 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. Today in baseball history: 1914 - The Chicago Cubs name future Hall of Famer Roger Bresnahan as their manager. The former St. Louis Cardinals skipper will be in the dugout for just one year during...
Cubbies Crib Nov 17, 2019

Chicago Cubs should go young in trade acquisitions this offseason

The Chicago Cubs could get younger while still being in position to contend in 2020. Here are three young players worth looking at via trade. The Chicago Cubs have already been involved in a lot of trade rumors this offseason. Every day, it seems as if there’s a new destination possible for Kris Bryant, Kyle […] Chicago Cubs should go young in trade acquisitions this offseason - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Cubs Player News

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    Kris Bryant

    Is Kris Bryant a clutch hitter?

  • 1 Tyler Chatwood

    Tyler Chatwood

    Chicago Cubs should give Tyler Chatwood a chance in late innings

  • Yu Darvish

    Yu Darvish

    Dodgers News: Yu Darvish Doesn’t Believe Astros Purportedly Stealing Signs Ultimately Impacted Outcome Of 2017 World Series

  • Anthony Rizzo

    Anthony Rizzo

    Chicago Cubs can learn from Chicago White Sox with their first baseman

  • Javier Baez

    Javier Baez

    Cubs: What a deal with Javier Baez could look like

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