12:54 AM EDT, Wed April 01, 2020
8 hours ago
Sara’s Diary: Day 19 without baseball

Sara’s Diary: Day 19 without baseball

The Marquee on what would have been the home opener | Sara Sanchez The home opener that wasn’t Yesterday was supposed to be the Cubs home opener. I took a walk by Wrigley Field about 30 minutes before what would have been game time. The silence was striking as I approached the corner of Sheffield and Addison . I saw one other person taking pictures with a much better camera than my little phone camera. I can only guess he had the same idea I did yesterday: Sara Sanchez The corner of Addison and Sheffield by the right field gate The statues of Billy Williams...
9 hours ago
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates simulated game, Tuesday 3/31, 3 p.m. CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates simulated game, Tuesday 3/31, 3 p.m. CT

The Cubs go for their fourth simulated win in a row. The Cubs crushed the Pirates 11-3 in the simulated Wrigley Field home opener, their third consecutive win. Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber all homered for the Cubs. Rizzo’s was a grand slam that put the game away in the bottom of the eighth. Here are some more details from Monday’s sim game: Here are the Cubs’ game results so far. They’re 3-1 in the early going and have scored 33 runs in their last three games: And here are the N.L. Central standings through Monday. The sim Cubs begin...
12 hours ago
BCB News: An update on my status

BCB News: An update on my status

BCB’s Josh Timmers hasn’t written much lately and probably won’t for a while. He doesn’t want you to think he has COVID-19, so here is an update I’m here to answer some questions and I’ll start by the one I’m asked more than any other. “Who is Buster?” When I took over MLB Bullets so many years ago that I lost count, Buster Olney of ESPN was running a daily links column. It was incredible. It had a link to pretty much every baseball story published on the internet the previous day, organized by subject or by team. I’m sure Olney had an army of interns helping him at the...
14 hours ago
Major League Baseball will pay minor leaguers through at least the end of May

Major League Baseball will pay minor leaguers through at least the end of May

Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs | Melqui Rodriguez/South Bend Cubs This is good news for minor league players. Minor League Baseball players don’t get paid very much. Sure, some of them do all right financially because they’ve been paid large bonuses after being drafted, but that really only applies to first-round picks and perhaps a few others. Most minor leaguers make less than $10,000 a year, and almost all of them have to have offseason jobs to make ends meet. With the 2020 MLB and minor-league seasons on hold and perhaps in jeopardy of not happening at all, this...
14 hours ago
Wrigley Field historical sleuthing: National anthem singer edition

Wrigley Field historical sleuthing: National anthem singer edition

I asked for photos... and you sent them! Last week, I put out a call for you to send old photos of Cubs baseball or Wrigley Field and I’d sleuth them out for you. Photos have begun to come in, and I’ll get to all of them, but I wanted to start with this fun story about a reader’s dad who sang the National Anthem at Wrigley Field in what he (the son) “believed” was 1985. The photo at the top of this post is the reader’s dad with a couple of Cubs staff members, with the scoreboard shown in the background. It’s clearly a nice summer day and the ivy is fully grown in. The Wrigley...
16 hours ago
Cub Tracks opens the door

Cub Tracks opens the door

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Cubs and MLB news — Cubs win, Rizzo in the news, and other stories The sim-Cubs scuttled any plans the sim-Pirates had to hoist the Jolly Roger over Wrigley Field in our Opening Day game, with Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo recording notable clouts and Javier Baez firing a couple of cannonballs in a game that the Cubs won going away, 11-3. #PS4share pic.twitter.com/89YZDM1XnE— Duane Pesice (@moderan13) March 30, 2020 Jon Lester pitched well to earn the victory and Trevor Williams allowed some rather long fly balls to earn the loss. We’ll have the...
Mar 30, 2020
The Bobblehead Museum has two new Cubs rivalry bobbleheads

The Bobblehead Museum has two new Cubs rivalry bobbleheads

Bobblehead Museum Today’s release is to help bring some fun into what would have been the Cubs home opener day. As you know, Opening Day at Wrigley Field was scheduled for today with the Cubs set to host the Pittsburgh Pirates for the Cubs’ home opener. However, the start of the MLB season has been pushed back indefinitely as a result of the coronavirus. In honor of the home opener, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled officially licensed, limited edition dual bobbleheads celebrating the Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers...
Mar 30, 2020
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates simulated game, Monday 3/30, 3 p.m. CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates simulated game, Monday 3/30, 3 p.m. CT

It’s the simulated home opener! The Cubs defeated the Brewers in a wild slugfest Sunday 12-10. Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber all homered. Here are the N.L. Central standings entering Monday’s action. As time goes by, we’ll post the standings for the entire NL and AL. Here at BCB, we are going to play simulated games for every game on the Cubs 2020 schedule via MLB The Show 20. This will continue until the actual schedule begins, or we get some clarity on what’s actually going to happen with baseball this year. The Cubs and...
Mar 30, 2020
Sara’s Diary: Day 18 without baseball

Sara’s Diary: Day 18 without baseball

John Prine at the 2020 Grammy’s where he received a lifetime achievement award | Photo by Scott Dudelson/ Campfires, John Prine and Opening Day at Wrigley It’s supposed to be Opening Day at Wrigley Field and I cannot stop thinking about paradise today. You know, that ideal or idyllic place or state we all have to retreat to when times are difficult. I am lucky and have a few of those spaces that are near and dear to my heart. On the 18th day without baseball, two of my paradises are squarely in the crosshairs of the COVID-19 pandemic. While I’ll never have the home opener...
Mar 30, 2020
A look at all the Cubs walkoff home runs from 2015-19

A look at all the Cubs walkoff home runs from 2015-19

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports You probably have some great memories of these. These five years are among the greatest in Cubs franchise history, despite the failures of the last two seasons. There were 15 walkoff homers hit by Cubs overall from 2015-19, and I’m sure you remember many of them. Some were among the rarest type of walkoffs in major-league history. July 27, 2015: The Cubs had lost three straight, including being no-hit by Cole Hamels, entering this game. And when Jason Motte and Rafael Soriano blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning, it did not look good for our...
Mar 30, 2020
Today in Cubs history: The Cubs lose to the Mets in the second MLB game in Japan

Today in Cubs history: The Cubs lose to the Mets in the second MLB game in Japan

Al Yellon This one wasn’t as good as the first. The Cubs, flush from their 5-3 win March 29, 2000 in the first MLB game ever played outside North America, were the host team for the second game of the series against the Mets at the Tokyo Dome 20 years ago today, March 30, 2000. Here’s how I experienced that afternoon and evening. First was buying various souvenirs, though I couldn’t find an official game cap (with the sewn-on logo that was on the Cub and Met player caps), even though I noticed a Japanese man wearing one, and he walked through the entire concourse with me trying to...
Mar 30, 2020
On the day that would have been the Cubs’ home opener, thoughts about the 2020 MLB season

On the day that would have been the Cubs’ home opener, thoughts about the 2020 MLB season

Al Yellon When will there be baseball? Or... will there be baseball at all in 2020? Baseball means a great deal to me. It is not just my work, it is my passion. Through baseball, the Cubs and Wrigley Field, I have made lifelong friends who also mean a great deal to me. We share not just the sport and its daily rhythms, but other events in our lives. Of course, I have kept in touch with these friends during this unprecedented time in human history, but without baseball, it’s different. This morning I should have been in line on Waveland Avenue, waiting to enter Wrigley Field for the...
Mar 30, 2020
MLB Bullets is open to playing without fans

MLB Bullets is open to playing without fans

Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Games in empty ballparks. Drafts with few players and little money. A minor-league coach has COVID-19. And a bit of Bartolo Colon. Baseball news is starting to dry up after last weekend’s agreement between players and owners on a structure for the game this year. After a bit about that, a few odds and ends for you on this Monday morning. Jay Jaffe says players and owners are hunkering down “in the face of the unknown,” and that’s about the best description of what all of us are facing now. Tim Brown and Hannah Keyser report on a...
Mar 30, 2020
Baseball history unpacked, March 30

Baseball history unpacked, March 30

Photo by Max Herman/NurPhoto via Cubs and MLB news — SimCubs win, Bryant to the minors, 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*. Beware of rabbit holes. #PS4share pic.twitter.com/59iZouDR02— Duane Pesice (@moderan13) March 29, 2020 The simCubs won the rubber game of the series, with Bryzzo coming up big. Anthony Rizzo...
Mar 29, 2020
Sara’s Diary: Day 17 without baseball

Sara’s Diary: Day 17 without baseball

Let’s be honest, I’ve just been waiting for any excuse to use this Willson Contreras photo | Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Various and sundry Sunday This is a weird Sunday in a lot of ways. It’s supposed to be the week before the biggest event I run all year, an event we cancelled... well, 16 days ago. I’ve made the most of it and thrown myself into other projects. Work is fine, it’s just disrupted and that has me feeling a little flat. I haven’t been able to run for the last couple of days and I’m already feeling antsy about it. Yesterday it had to do with rain...