1:12 PM EST, Wed January 28, 2015

Twitter mailbag: Who's up first?

@ESPNChiCubs who hits 1-2 on opening day? #Cubschat— Silly Scoey (@slingblade6925) January 27, 2015 Rogers: Fun question. Will be examining that in the coming weeks. The obvious answer at the top is Dexter Fowler. I think that’s a big pick-up. If he can be consistent with a .350-ish OBP, that will help the offense. I think No. 2 comes down to two people: Starlin Castro and Jorge Soler. My guess is it will be Castro, but that doesn’t mean it can’t change.

Public visitation, memorial set for Ernie Banks

CHICAGO -- A public visitation and memorial service for Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks will be held Friday and Saturday in Chicago, the team announced late on Monday. The visitation will go from noon until 8 p.m. on Friday at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St. The memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, according to a Cubs release. There will be limited public seating for the memorial on Saturday. Banks was 83 when he died of a heart attack on Friday night.
Baltimore Sun Jan 25, 2015

Cubs legend Ernie Banks died of heart attack

The lawyer for the family of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks said Sunday that the legendary player died Friday after suffering a heart attack, just a week short of his 84th birthday.

"Let's play two" to honor Banks

CHICAGO -- For once, social media is in near agreement. The Chicago Cubs should make “Let’s Play Two” a reality in honor of the late Ernie Banks. It can’t necessarily happen for the 2015 season, but there is no reason –- besides money -– the Cubs can’t ask Major League Baseball to schedule a doubleheader for the team each year starting in 2016. After his passing on Friday night, fans across the country have suggested various ideas to honor Mr.
Northwest Herald Jan 24, 2015

Hub Arkush: Ernie Banks, the man I dreamt of being

The saddest thing about Ernie Banks leaving us is so many of you who mourn his passing never really knew him at all.
Northwest Herald Jan 24, 2015

Musick: Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, remembered by Mr. Reynolds

Ken Reynolds was a 24-year-old southpaw with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Measuring where Ernie Banks ranks among the best shortstops ever

Measuring where Ernie Banks ranks among the best shortstops ever

Examining where Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, who died on Friday at age 83, ranks among the best shortstops in baseball history.

Audio: Andre Dawson, others share their thoughts on Ernie Banks

Beloved "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks died Friday. Many shared their thought on Banks and his impact. Here are some excerpts: Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson tells Jonathan Hood about his memories of Ernie Banks, what Banks was like and how Banks influenced his life. Listen PTI's Michael Wilbon reacts to Ernie Banks' death and discusses Banks' accomplishments on the baseball field, watching Banks play and his significance to Chicago. Listen espnW's Sarah Spain shares her thoughts on what Ernie Banks meant to Chicago, the city's reaction to Banks' death and his enthusiasm for the Cubs.
Northwest Herald Jan 23, 2015

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks dies at 83

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs say Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks has died. He was 83.

Reinsdorf plays to fans with Cubs jab

CHICAGO – In honor of the 2005 World Series championship club, chairman Jerry Reinsdorf made a rare appearance on the dais at SoxFest on Friday night. Reinsdorf admitted that he rarely does these types of public speaking engagements because he is bound to say something he regrets. It is uncertain if he had any regrets when speaking about the cross-town Chicago Cubs, but he did fire off a memorable zinger toward the National League team to the north.

Cubs, Dexter Fowler agree to terms

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and newly-acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, the team announced Friday. The Cubs picked up Fowler, 28, in a trade with the Houston Astros earlier this week for infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily. Fowler is expected to be the Cubs' starting center fielder after hitting .276 with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases in 2014. The deal is for $9.5 million, as the Cubs inherited Fowler’s arbitration case from the Astros.

Twitter mailbag: More pitching?

Welcome to our Cubs Twitter mailbag. Let's get right to your questions. @ESPNChiCubs chances of adding one more SP before the season starts? #Cubschat— Nikola Stokowski (@TheStow_GoesOn) January 20, 2015 Rogers: I don’t think that’s going to happen unless it was a minor league deal for someone. The Cubs are pretty stocked in that department and could actually trade a starter like Travis Wood. Now, if you’re talking about a big name like Jordan Zimmerman, I wouldn’t say it’s 100 percent impossible.
Northwest Herald Jan 19, 2015

Fowler traded from Astros to Cubs for Valbuena, Straily

HOUSTON – The Cubs hope Dexter Fowler will provide outfield strength and spark at the top of the batting order.

Are the Cubs still fishing for a big name?

CHICAGO – OK, who’s it going to be? Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister or Stephen Strasburg? The Washington Nationals would seemingly be ready to deal one of the starters in the wake of the reported agreement with fellow righty Max Scherzer. Or maybe the Cubs will get back into the Cole Hamels derby, assuming it’s still on. Then again, perhaps they just dole out more money in the form of an offer to James Shields. Or maybe, after acquiring Dexter Fowler, it’s time for Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein to take a vacation.

Notes from Fowler deal: No change for Bryant

CHICAGO -- Let’s get the obvious out of the way in the wake of the Chicago Cubs' acquisition of outfielder Dexter Fowler: This means nothing for Kris Bryant. The subtraction of sometimes third baseman Luis Valbuena, who left for Houston in the Fowler deal, doesn’t mean Bryant has a job come Opening Day, according to general manager Jed Hoyer. He called the deal “independent” of Bryant. Valbuena didn’t need to be traded for you to know that.

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