5:24 AM EST, Sat January 29, 2022
15 hours ago
2022 MLB Draft Prep: Nine names that matter for the Cubs

2022 MLB Draft Prep: Nine names that matter for the Cubs

Photo by Bob Levey/ Here are some players the Cubs could look at to choose with the No. 7 overall pick. I'm dialing back on my writing. Certainly here, and possibly elsewhere. It's a different universe out there, and I'm not as gung-ho as I used to be. While many people are trying to cut their teeth on writing through collaboration and data, I don't want to fight through hard. For some people, that's the goal. For me, I'm good with listening to a few games, and passing along what I can that might be of use to a few of you. I'm really impressed with the uptick in writing...
17 hours ago
Cubs historical sleuthing: Ron Cey edition

Cubs historical sleuthing: Ron Cey edition

Bettmann / Contributor The Penguin! Getty says: Chicago Cubs Ron Cey is welcomed at the plate after hitting a three run homer in the fourth inning of the Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game. Cey is greeted by teammate Leo Durham. Ron Cey? Check. Leon Durham? Check. Cubs playing the Pirates? Yup, but when? This one was pretty simple. Once we know it’s a three-run homer in the fourth inning against the Pirates, going to Cey’s home run log at baseball-reference gives us the answer. There is only one homer of Cey’s 84 as a Cub that matches this description. It happened...
19 hours ago
Here’s a modest proposal to fix Hall of Fame voting

Here’s a modest proposal to fix Hall of Fame voting

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ ... that I think would make it more fair and inclusive. Yesterday, I wrote here about baseball’s Hall of Fame and what, ultimately, it should become. The Hall of Fame is now more than 80 years old, having opened on June 12, 1939. Back then, the concept of who a “Hall of Famer” is and why we should even have such a thing was far different than we likely conceive of it now. “Heroes” of that nature were placed on much higher pedestals than we now give sports figures in the social media era. Flaws of our current baseball stars are out there...
21 hours ago
Outside The Confines: Friday On My Mind

Outside The Confines: Friday On My Mind

Photo by Jon Soohoo/ A lot of talk about collective bargaining talks. A lot of talk about the Hall of Fame. Some talk about the minor leagues and other baseball news. Good morning, I guess. We can all spend the day complaining about the new comment system or we can spend the day complaining about the collective bargaining talks. Either way, it’s going to be a bitter Friday. On the CBA talks, Ben Clemens has a look at what the economic impact of the reported proposals in this week’s talks. Anthony Franco writes about what a MLB draft lottery might look like. Evan...
22 hours ago
Baseball history unpacked, January 28

Baseball history unpacked, January 28

Photo by Stock Montage/ A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB history. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and deep dives into various narratives that expand over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. Today in baseball history: 1888 - In Chicago, IL, 350 fans brave the weather to watch a baseball game on ice at Lincoln Park. Second baseman Fred Pfeffer of the Chicago White Stockings plays wearing a...
Jan 27, 2022
What should baseball’s Hall of Fame be?

What should baseball’s Hall of Fame be?

Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via The rejections of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens by BBWAA voters raise this question. Today in The Athletic, Jayson Stark posted a mailbag column in which he answered questions from readers about the Hall of Fame. Not that the Hall is a polarizing topic or anything like that, but Stark ended his article with this: What kind of Hall of Fame do we want to have? Just remember that if that answer is going to be “a Hall of Purity,” then don’t we have to start throwing people out? Every baseball scuffer, bat corker, sign stealer and...
Jan 27, 2022
Today in Cubs history: The Cubs trade for Ryne Sandberg

Today in Cubs history: The Cubs trade for Ryne Sandberg

Ryne Sandberg with the Phillies in September 1981 | Photofile/MLB Archives via He was a little-known minor leaguer at the time. But this deal changed Cubs franchise history. The Cubs finished 1981 with a 38-65 record, a .369 winning percentage that would have translated to a 60-102 record if not for the players’ strike that year. (And the way the team was playing before the strike, that 162-game record probably would have been worse.) They’d lost 98 games the year before, hadn’t made the postseason since the 1945 NL pennant and in the 36 seasons since then, had...
Jan 27, 2022
Former Cubs player and coach Gene Clines has passed away

Former Cubs player and coach Gene Clines has passed away

Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/ He played three years for the Cubs and later returned as a coach. Gene Clines was an outfielder for the Cubs from 1977-79, and also played for the Pirates, Mets and Rangers, notably for the Pirates’ 1971 World Series champions. Clines has passed away. He was 75 years old: Former Pirate Gene Clines passed away at 75. Here’s a statement from Bucs president Travis Williams. pic.twitter.com/k0H9hQiT6F— Jake Crouse (@JakeCrouseMLB) January 27, 2022 The Cubs acquired Clines from the Rangers February 15, 1977 as the player to be named later...
Jan 27, 2022
Are MLB players and owners making progress in talks? It depends on who you ask

Are MLB players and owners making progress in talks? It depends on who you ask

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports There’s still a wide gulf that has to be crossed to end the lockout. MLB players and owners met twice this week and discussed some of the issues keeping them from making a deal. They’re supposed to meet again, though no specific date has been set. I found two articles published not long after the second of these meetings happened, and depending on which one you read, you’d either be wildly optimistic or glumly pessimistic about baseball’s future. Here, let me show you what I mean. First, an article appeared Tuesday on MLB.com...
Jan 27, 2022
Cub Tracks’ votes are counted

Cub Tracks’ votes are counted

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ The latest in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. #MLB, #MiLB, too. This edition has some wolves. Before we jump into the rest of Cub Tracks I wanted to take a moment to share a more personal link. As you know, our fellow writer Duane Pesice who normally runs this column has been sidelined due to illness. His friends have been helping take care of his feline companions while he’s away, but they’ve set up a GoFundMe to help mitigate the costs of their care in Duane’s absence. Please consider donating something if you...
Jan 27, 2022
BCB After Dark: Should the Cubs sign Suzuki?

BCB After Dark: Should the Cubs sign Suzuki?

Photo by Koji Watanabe/ The hip party for night owls, early-risers and Cubs fans abroad asks whether the Cubs will and should sign Japanese star Seiya Suzuki. Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the swingin’-est hangout for night owls, early-risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. It’s our last party of the week and we’re so glad you could stop in. I see you’ve gotten our exclusive invitation. Dress is casual tonight. Make yourself at home. Pour yourself a beverage. Enjoy the show. BCB After Dark is the place for you to talk baseball, music, movies, or anything...
Jan 26, 2022
David Ortiz is the only player elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in the last two years

David Ortiz is the only player elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in the last two years

David Ortiz hits a two run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Two of the 2013 World Series | Photo by Jim Rogash/ The process to enshrine baseball’s greatest stars is broken For the first time in two seasons the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) elected a player into the Hall of Fame, with 77.9 percent of their voting members casting ballots for Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in his first year of eligibility. You will get no argument from me about whether the voters were right to honor Ortiz as a Hall of Fame caliber player,...
Jan 26, 2022
‘Sudden-death baseball’ is going to be tried in the Frontier League in 2022

‘Sudden-death baseball’ is going to be tried in the Frontier League in 2022

... and I don’t hate the idea. The Frontier League is an independent baseball minor league with teams in the Midwest and Northeast. Two of their clubs are based in the Chicago area (Joliet and Schaumburg). The league is going to experiment in 2022 with what they are calling “sudden-death baseball”: The @FLProBaseball has announced it will use "sudden death baseball" to settle tie games. After one extra inning if game remains tied, the home team chooses to hit or pitch. The hitting team puts a runner on 1st. 3 outs. Run scores? Hitting team wins. No runs?...
Jan 26, 2022
Outside The Confines: He’s Hall of Famous

Outside The Confines: He’s Hall of Famous

Photo by Omar Rawlings/ Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is heading to Cooperstown. The Hall of Fame votes have been tallied, the numbers are in, and there will be one man and one man only going into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this year from the BBWAA election, and that man is David Ortiz. Ortiz, who has a slew of accolades to his name (three World Series rings, 10 All-Star appearances, seven Silver Sluggers, a WS MVP title, and even a Home Run Derby win) had the numbers and checked the boxes for the BBWAA members who were, well, checking boxes. The DH...
Jan 26, 2022
Baseball history unpacked, January 26

Baseball history unpacked, January 26

William Wrigley, Cubs owner, in 1928 | Photo by Chicago History Museum/ A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB history. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and deep dives into various narratives that expand over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. Today in baseball history: 1895 - Baseball officials discuss the possibility of reinstating the old pitcher’s distance. They are dismayed by the...