2:39 AM EST, Wed November 30, 2022
Bleed Cubbie Blue 1 hour ago
BCB After Dark: What’s gonna Happ-en?

BCB After Dark: What’s gonna Happ-en?

Photo by Adam Hunger/ The late-night/early-morning spot for Cubs fans asks how much longer will Ian Happ be a Cub. Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the swingin’ spot for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. We’re so glad to see you stop in this chilly evening. I hope you had a terrific day and that you’re ready for an even better night. Let us take your coat for you. The dress code is casual. There’s still a few good tables available. Let us know if we can do anything to make your evening more pleasant. Bring your own beverage. BCB After...
Bleed Cubbie Blue 12 hours ago
Cubs historical sleuthing: Mid 1980s edition

Cubs historical sleuthing: Mid 1980s edition

Photo by George Gojkovich/ Here’s yet another Cubs player photographed in Pittsburgh. says: Pitcher Ron Davis #39 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during a Major League Baseball game at Three Rivers Stadium in 1986 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That’s absolutely Ron Davis, it’s absolutely Pittsburgh, and I went into this assuming it was 1986. Before I tell you when this photo was taken, let me tell you a bit about Davis, subject of one of the worst trades in late-Wrigley ownership Cubs history. The Cubs selected Davis in the long-ago...
Bleed Cubbie Blue 14 hours ago
Walking in a Wrigley Winterland

Walking in a Wrigley Winterland

The sun begins to set over Winterland at Wrigley Field | Sara Sanchez The Cubs have turned the Friendly Confines into an amusement park and it’s magical, but bring your wallet I have a confession to make, I’m generally not in the holiday spirit until well into December. I’m certainly not a grinch, but the way every holiday seems to sprawl into and before the previous one has always exhausted me a bit. Couple that with the fact that there are really only so many Christmas songs that I like and you have a perfect recipe for me to roll my eyes as the holly goes up in...
Bleed Cubbie Blue 16 hours ago
Cubs free agent target: Andrew Heaney

Cubs free agent target: Andrew Heaney

Photo by Harry How/ Here’s another lefthander the Cubs might look at. In my continuing effort to identify pitchers the Cubs might be interested in acquiring for 2023, I came across this part of an article in The Athletic by Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma: Jameson Taillon and Taijuan Walker are among the pitchers who would fit the criteria. Andrew Heaney is another name to file away as the Cubs were involved in the negotiations before the left-handed pitcher signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. I’ve already written here about...
Bleed Cubbie Blue 18 hours ago
Cub Tracks’ if at first you don’t succeed, call Acme in the morning

Cub Tracks’ if at first you don’t succeed, call Acme in the morning

His prospects are looking up. | Photo by Jill Weisleder/MLB Photos via #Cubs,#MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. Matt Mervis likes the Abreu news, I bet. Welcome to today’s edition of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor. Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Going nowhere FAST It looks like José Abreu is an Astro. So plan B is operative,...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 29, 2022
BCB After Dark: Should the Cubs have outbid the Astros?

BCB After Dark: Should the Cubs have outbid the Astros?

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/ The late-night club for Cubs fans asks if the Cubs should have beaten the Astros offer for free agent José Abreu. It’s another week here at BCB After Dark: the late-night club for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. I hope you had a terrific holiday weekend. Come on in out of the cold. Have you been out shopping? If so, you probably need to come in and relax. We can check your coat for you. There are still a few tables available. No cover charge tonight. Bring your own beverage—hot or cold. There’s no corkage...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 28, 2022
Cubs historical sleuthing: 1980s scoreboard edition

Cubs historical sleuthing: 1980s scoreboard edition

Jonathan Daniel/ You have to squint a bit, but all the clues are easily locatable. The only thing tells us about this photo is the following: General view of the Chicago Cubs home field at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Well, that could be just about any time, right? You can’t see the lights so this could be pre-lights. It’s obviously before any bleacher renovations. The reason I say “1980s” in the headline is that’s easily sussed out from looking at the mini-electronic board beneath the main scoreboard in center field. From that, we learn that Mitch...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 28, 2022
Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith among several Cubs-connected people on the Hall of Fame’s newest committee

Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith among several Cubs-connected people on the Hall of Fame’s newest committee

Lee Smith and Ryne Sandberg at the Field of Dreams Game last August | Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via The Hall’s Contemporary Era Committee selections (if any) will be revealed next Sunday. Eight former players from MLB’s recent past will be considered for Hall of Fame induction by the Hall’s Contemporary Era Committee when it meets as part of baseball’s Winter Meetings this coming Sunday, December 4, as I noted here earlier this month. Today, the 16 members of that committee were revealed, and several have Cubs connections: The committee that will vote...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 28, 2022
Cubs free agent target: Michael Conforto

Cubs free agent target: Michael Conforto

Photo by Mike Stobe/ The Cubs need a lefthanded bat. Could this former Met be the guy? We see all kinds of reports this year about free agent players linked to certain teams. So I wanted to post a response to this report by Jon Heyman in the New York Post: The Cubs are among teams considering Michael Conforto. He is seeking a deal for two years with an opt-out. They also are in contact with Christian Vazquez, among other catchers. I covered Vázquez (along with Omar Narváez) a couple of weeks ago, so let’s have a look at Conforto. Conforto missed all of 2022 after...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 28, 2022
Baseball history unpacked, November 28

Baseball history unpacked, November 28

Happy birthday, Taylor Davis! | Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Careful or you’ll get THE EYE from Taylor. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is pleased to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and various narratives to follow as they unfold over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. Today in baseball history: 1885 - Former National League...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 27, 2022
Cubs historical sleuthing: Yet another Shawon Dunston photo

Cubs historical sleuthing: Yet another Shawon Dunston photo

Photo by Focus on Sport/ The Cubs shortstop of the 1980s and 1990s was a popular photo subject. says: Shawon Dunston #12 of the Chicago Cubs in action against the New York Mets during a Major League Baseball game circa 1986 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. This time, they’re correct. Let me show you why. Here’s the entire photo. It got cropped a bit at the top: Photo by Focus on Sport/ The baserunner is Kevin Mitchell. Mitchell played for the Mets in only 1984 and 1986, and Dunston wasn’t a Cub in 1984, so this has to...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 27, 2022
Cub Tracks, you know?

Cub Tracks, you know?

Photo by Robert Abbott Sengstacke/ #Cubs,#MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. There’s a an eye in the lull. Sheesh. It seems worse every year, the silly season. Welcome to today’s edition of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor. Every three hours or so that pass without a Cubs move - heck, with basically no moves at all around baseball - I keep foolishly recalibrating myself for...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 26, 2022
Cubs historical sleuthing: Another Shawon Dunston photo

Cubs historical sleuthing: Another Shawon Dunston photo

Photo by George Gojkovich/ This one turned out to be pretty easy. says: Shortstop Shawon Dunston of the Chicago Cubs throws to first base to complete a double play as Rafael Belliard of the Pittsburgh Pirates slides into second base during a Major League Baseball game at Three Rivers Stadium circa 1985 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This photo was not taken in 1985. Belliard played in only one game for the Pirates against the Cubs in Pittsburgh that year, and in that game he had just one at-bat, as a pinch-hitter, and grounded out to first base. So that wasn’t a...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 26, 2022
Cub Tracks busman’s holiday

Cub Tracks busman’s holiday

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via #Cubs,#MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. No Cubs deals so far. Maybe they’ll be under the tree. Welcome to today’s edition of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor. The pool keeps on widening. Cody Bellinger, Michael Conforto, Jameson Taillon, all are listed as Cubs targets by Bleacher Nation. Cubs Insider has Conforto, Taillon (and Andrew...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 25, 2022
Cubs historical sleuthing: Shawon Dunston edition

Cubs historical sleuthing: Shawon Dunston edition

George Gojkovich/ This photo is not what it seems at first glance. says: Shortstop Shawon Dunston of the Chicago Cubs throws to first base to complete a double play as Joe Orsulak #11 of the Pittsburgh Pirates slides into second base during a Major League Baseball game at Three Rivers Stadium circa 1985 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Well, that’s definitely Dunston, and it’s also clearly Orsulak. It appears to be showing Dunston making a double play relay to first base after Orsulak is out at second. The only years this could have happened are 1985 and 1986, the...

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