3:42 AM EDT, Sun October 26, 2014

Twinsights: Tom Brunansky, Twins coaches in 'limbo' during manager search

In recent days the New York Mets hired Kevin Long, becoming the fifth big-league team to fill an open hitting coach position since the season ended. Meanwhile, former Twins all-star and World Series champion Tom Brunansky and the rest of Ron Gardenhire’s former coaching staff remain in limbo while the Twins’ manager search reached Day 27 on Saturday. According to Brunansky, the Twins’ hitting coach the past two seasons, he hasn’t been informed of any interview requests that may have been submitted by other clubs. The Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers...

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Chicago Sun-Times 2 hours ago

Ozzie Guillen would love to coach for Joe Maddon — with Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO — When Ozzie Guillen heard the news about Joe Maddon’s sudden free agency — and reports of the Cubs’ just-as-sudden interest — the response was immediate: Count him in. “This is one guy I’d love to coach for,” said the former White Sox manager who’s on the World Series broadcast team for ESPN Deportes. “He’s a very good baseball man. And he’s not a guy who’s going to be looking behind his back thinking I want to take his job....
Chicago Sun-Times 2 hours ago

Cubs tone down Joe Maddon talk fearful of upstaging World Series

SAN FRANCISCO — If you can’t beat ’em, upstage ’em? Not if they can help it. Not anymore than they already have. As Day 2 of the Joe Maddon-to-the-Cubs talk played out against the backdrop of Game 4 of the World Series at AT&T Park, the principal players in baseball’s suddenly biggest drama seemed to ­retreat backstage — out of respect for the Series, sources said — even as Maddon’s agent confirmed ­contact with the Cubs. Internally, the belief the...
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 24, 2014

Ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon, Cubs said to have mutual interest

SAN FRANCISCO – How close are the Cubs to a World Series? On Friday, they were a big part of the buzz at AT&T Park that overshadowed the pivotal Game 3 between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals – with all indications pointing to Joe Maddon heading to Chicago after his sudden resignation as the Tampa Bay Rays manager early in the day. Multiple sources close to Maddon and the Cubs suggest the Cubs are the front-runners for the services a guy who...

If he wants Cubs job, Maddon should have it

CHICAGO -- The rampant speculation has started regarding former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon. Will the Chicago Cubs – one year removed from firing their last manager – sign Maddon while dumping current skipper Rick Renteria? The timing of Maddon’s Friday resignation has put teams in an awkward position. Only the Minnesota Twins currently have an opening, so a courtship of Maddon would have to take place behind the scenes. The Cubs, in particular, know the awkwardness of changing managers under contract, as the end of Dale Sveum's tenure in 2013 didn’t go smoothly.
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 15, 2014

The story behind Eric Karros’ 2003 Cubs World Series cap

DAVID JUST: A little piece of history that never was lives on with Eric Karros.
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 14, 2014

Eric Karros’ 2003 World Series hat just adds to Cubs fans’ pain

A little piece of history that never was lives on with Eric Karros. The former Cubs first baseman, who played his only season in Chicago in 2003, owns a Cubs hat with the World Series logo embroidered into the side. It’s a unique piece of memorabilia that was never supposed to see the light of day. It was prematurely placed inside the Cubs’ clubhouse during Game 6 of that fateful National League Championship Series. The Cubs led the Marlins 3-0 in the eighth...

Cubs aim for right mix with coaching staff

CHICAGO -- After hiring his fourth hitting coach since he took charge of the Chicago Cubs, team president Theo Epstein joked last week that the job was like the “Spinal Tap drumming situation,” but said he was hopeful to finally find consistency with former Houston Astros coach John Mallee. Mallee comes to Chicago with a very good reputation around the league, and while the turnover with the Cubs hasn’t been a good thing, the coaching staff makes a little more sense now than it did a couple of weeks ago.
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 12, 2014

Cubs finally break ground on Wrigley Field renovation

Tom Ricketts could hardly stop smiling Saturday morning at the Cubs’ official groundbreaking of their long-awaited renovation of Wrigley Field.
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 11, 2014

5 Cubs moments to remember from ’14

The Cubs didn’t play a lot of (any?) meaningful games on the way to their second straight last-place finish and fifth consecutive losing season. But that didn’t stop them from piling up the headlines and head-scratchers. Five to remember: Manny the mentor (May 25) Cubs team president Theo Epstein, the guy who finally ran malcontent slugger Manny Ramirez out of Boston six years ago when the Red Sox couldn’t tolerate him anymore, shocked the sports world by...

For Epstein and Cubs, big picture (yes, including TV future) getting ever rosier

CHICAGO — On Friday afternoon at the Ford Oriental Theatre, the curtain lifted on a timeless play, The Baseball Man. Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations/savior Theo Epstein took the stage to speak to Cubs season-ticket holders about the bright future that awaited the team. Yup, right here in (Chicago) River City. But it wasn’t exactly a ringing rendition of “Seventy-Six Trombones.” More like “One or Two Really Good Pitchers.

Epstein: We're good enough to compete

CHICAGO – This may have been Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein at his best. Addressing a room full of season ticket holders at the Oriental Theatre on Friday afternoon, he once again expressed his optimism for 2015, but he did it in the right tone -- guaranteeing nothing. “I think we have enough talent to compete,” he said to reporters after the presentation. “Now, do we have enough talent to win? That’s the beauty of baseball.
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 9, 2014

Cubs hire Chicago native John Mallee as new hitting coach

The Cubs didn’t have to go far to find their next hitting coach. They hired Mount Carmel High School grad John Mallee from the Astros’ staff this week to replace Bill Mueller. They also hired former Cubs outfielder Doug Dascenzo as first-base and outfield coach, shifting first-base coach Eric Hinske to assistant hitting coach, to complete their 2015 coaching staff. Mallee, 45, who had a lengthy interview for the Cubs’ job a year ago, spent the last two seasons...
CSN Houston Oct 9, 2014

Hitting coach Mallee headed to the Cubs

The Astros hitting coach, who was largely credited for helping Jose Altuve have a career year at the plate, has agreed to be the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs.

Cubs hire Astros' Mallee as hitting coach

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs hired former Houston Astros hitting coach John Mallee to fill the same role for them after Bill Mueller quit earlier this week, the team announced on Thursday. First base coach Eric Hinske will take over as the new assistant hitting coach and former Cub Doug Dascenzo takes Hinske's place as first base/outfield coach. Dascenzo was most recently a coach with the Atlanta Braves. "It's a dream come true," Chicago native Mallee told reporters in Houston.

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