11:56 AM EDT, Thu October 30, 2014
The Ledger 10 hours ago

former rays manager headed to midwest: Report - Cubs to Hire Maddon

Rumors that surfaced immediately after Joe Maddon left the Rays that he was headed to the Cubs apparently have become reality, as CBS Sports was the first to report Wednesday that a deal was in place. When Maddon opted out of his deal with the Rays, he said he did not have a job lined up and didn't know if he would get one. But agent Alan Nero immediately talked to a number of teams, including the Cubs, who had a manager, Rick Renteria, under contract through 2016. However, Nero told the Times that there was not a done deal and he was still having discussions with several teams. Nero said...
Chicago Sun-Times 12 hours ago

Joe Maddon, Cubs historic deal announcement could come Thursday

The Cubs were poised to make their biggest free-agent splash in the Theo Epstein era Wednesday night, closing in on a multiyear deal to hire Joe Maddon as their manager, according...

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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.

Cubs in '15: Where does young talent fit?

ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers takes a look at the biggest storylines facing the Chicago Cubs during the offseason. Figuring out where all the pieces fit on defense for a young Cubs team is another storyline to keep an eye on moving forward. Where does prospect Addison Russell end up? Who’s on third? Is Arismendy Alcantara the man for center in the long term? Those are just some of the questions facing the Cubs as the Arizona Fall League begins and the organization starts to make plans for next spring.

Cubs to open Cactus League March 5

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs will play 29 Cactus League games beginning with a pair of split-squad affairs against the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants on March 5. Spring schedules were released on Wednesday as the Cubs will host 15 games at Cubs Park while playing 14 road contests. They’ll play in Glendale, Ariz., against the White Sox on March 20 and host the Sox at Cubs Park on March 27. Their Cactus League finale will take place on April 1 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Next hitting coach should be a keeper

ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers takes a look at the biggest storylines facing the Chicago Cubs during the offseason. A new offseason storyline emerged Tuesday when Chicago Cubs hitting coach Bill Mueller resigned from the team. This leaves the Cubs with two openings -- Mueller’s position and an assistant. There’s no doubt these are important hires, but never as important as you might think. It’s more that the Cubs need to not hire the wrong guy than that there’s a magician out there who can transform their offense.
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 7, 2014

Cubs’ hitting coach Bill Mueller resigns

Because of the one coaching-staff change the Cubs intended to make this winter, they’ll wind up making two after hitting coach Bill Mueller resigned over the firing of his handpicked assistant, Mike Brumley. ‘‘My loyalty and my word are what I stand by,’’ Mueller said Tuesday. ‘‘I thank [Cubs president] Theo [Epstein] and [general manager] Jed [Hoyer] for the opportunity. They took care of Mike, allowing me to pick Mike and bring him in. I thought we...
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 7, 2014

Bill Mueller out as Cubs hitting coach

The Cubs will employ their fourth hitting coach in four years next season after first-year hitting coach Bill Mueller declined the club’s invitation to return to manager Rick Renteria’s staff in 2015.

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