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Oct 27, 2017
Anthony Rizzo wins Roberto Clemente Award

Anthony Rizzo wins Roberto Clemente Award

The Cubs first baseman wins the award for his considerable charitable works. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is the 2017 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award, baseball’s highest honor for sportsmanship and community service. Rizzo won the award for his efforts to raise money and help families whose are battling cancer. Rizzo said that he was “humbled” to win the award, named after the Hall-of-Famer Pirates outfielder. He also added that "To win this is amazing," Rizzo said. "That's the impact we want to make. A lot of organizations do amazing work, and we want to impact...
Oct 27, 2017
2017 World Series Game 3: Dodgers vs. Astros, Friday 10/27, 7 p.m. CT

2017 World Series Game 3: Dodgers vs. Astros, Friday 10/27, 7 p.m. CT

How can these teams top Game 2? Answer to the question posed in the subhead: They can’t. Games like Game 2 don’t come around too often in the World Series, although Game 7 in 2016 certainly has a call at being better, especially considering what was at stake for both teams in that one. I’d just like to see some more compelling baseball for however long this World Series lasts, and the way things are going, we might get to see another Game 7 this year. And if you haven’t yet read Jayson Stark’s summary of just how crazy Game 2 was, go read it at this link now. Here are today’s...
Oct 27, 2017
Arizona Fall League Friday Update

Arizona Fall League Friday Update

Your weekly update on the Boys of Fall. It’s Friday which means I keep you up-to-date on what the Boys of Fall are doing in the Arizona Fall League. Since the last update, the Mesa Solar Sox have gone 3-2 to improve their record to 7-7. That’s good enough to sneak them into first place, a half game ahead of Salt River and Scottsdale, who have a tie against each other on their record. The hitters: David Bote: Bote only played in three games over the past week, going 3 for 11 with no extra base hits. Still, his .425 average still leads the league and his 4 home runs are still good enough...
Oct 27, 2017
Cubs Heroes and Goats offseason edition

Cubs Heroes and Goats offseason edition

An overview and introduction for offseason plans and your chance to have a say in the content. The offseason began this week with shuffling on the coaching staff. The off-season of course begins in earnest after the World Series when free agency begins and players start finding their new homes for the 2018 season. Al and the other writers will thoroughly cover those stories and the credible rumors ahead of those moves as the offseason unfolds. I’ll surely be weighing in on those stories in the comments sections. But, I plan to continue bringing you Heroes and Goats themed content this...
Oct 27, 2017
Get to know new Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey

Get to know new Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey

And a few more thoughts on the Cubs coaching staff changes. The hire of Jim Hickey as Cubs pitching coach had been predicted for several days before word got out late Thursday that he had been hired. It’s yet to be confirmed by the team, and likely now won’t until at least the next World Series off day on Monday. But it was apparently the bullpen failure of the postseason, along with some issues in the starting rotation the first half, that led the Cubs to think that a new approach was needed and to the dismissal of Chris Bosio. And that appears to be all this is: a new message for Cubs...
Oct 27, 2017
MLB Bullets nailed the sequel

MLB Bullets nailed the sequel

Game 2 of the World Series was a classic. Dave Roberts moves are questioned. The Yankees are looking for a new manager. There’s one positive to the Dodgers beating the Cubs in the NLCS. If the Cubs were one of the teams playing in game 2 of the World Series, I don’t think my heart would have been able to take it. Grant Brisbee recaps game 2 of the World Series, which he calls “the wildest postseason game in years.” Michael Baumann also has an appreciation of game 2, which he calls “part baseball game, part ballet, part generational epic novel, part two giraffes beating each...
Oct 26, 2017
Cubs hiring Jim Hickey as pitching coach

Cubs hiring Jim Hickey as pitching coach

This has been expected for almost a week. The worst-kept secret in Chicago is now apparently official, according to Sun-Times beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer: Confirmed: Cubs land Hickey to replace Bosio as pitching coach.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) October 26, 2017 Lest you think this is just Gordo, the hire of Jim Hickey to be the next Cubs pitching coach is also being reported by NBC Sports Chicago’s Patrick Mooney: The Cubs are about to close a deal with Jim Hickey that will make him their new pitching coach, a source familiar with the situation said Thursday, part of a much...
Oct 26, 2017
3 Cubs are Rawlings Gold Glove finalists

3 Cubs are Rawlings Gold Glove finalists

There’s one notable guy left off, too. Rawlings Sports, in an excruciatingly long Twitter process that took almost an hour to complete, has revealed the three finalists for Gold Glove awards this year. The “finalists” are actually those who finished in the top three for voting that has already taken place. Last year, the winners were announced November 8, so I’d assume these winners will be announced a few days after the World Series ends this year as well. Here are the Cubs who have received nominations this year: #Rawlings #GoldGlove Award Finalists – NL 1B – @Reds Joey...
Oct 26, 2017
Cubs roster move: Welcome back, Jacob Hannemann, reclaimed on waivers

Cubs roster move: Welcome back, Jacob Hannemann, reclaimed on waivers

And farewell to Mike Freeman. Jacob Hannemann was the Cubs’ third-round pick in the 2013 draft out of Brigham Young. He moved steadily through the organization and played in some big-league spring training games for the team, as in the one shown above from last February. The Seattle Mariners claimed Hannemann off waivers from the Cubs last September 4. He played in 11 games for the Mariners, starting four of them. He went 3-for-20 with one home run, which you can see here [VIDEO]. Hannemann’s next home run could come as a member of the Cubs: In other news, #Cubs claim OF Jacob...
Oct 26, 2017
Cubs shake up coaching staff; John Mallee out, Chili Davis in as hitting coach

Cubs shake up coaching staff; John Mallee out, Chili Davis in as hitting coach

And, there’s also a new third-base coach. The aftermath of the Cubs’ 92-win season, in which they fell short of the World Series, has claimed a number of members of the coaching staff, even after Theo Epstein said last Friday that Joe Maddon would have all the coaches back that he wanted. The implication, then, after the moves made Thursday, is that Maddon wanted to shake up his staff, and so he has. Thursday, the Cubs announced that John Mallee was out after three years as hitting coach, and his replacement is former major leaguer Chili Davis. Davis has spent the last six years as a...
Oct 26, 2017
The Dodgers and Astros just played a game for the ages

The Dodgers and Astros just played a game for the ages

World Series Game 2 was awesome. I love baseball. Presumably, you are here because you, too, love baseball. I don’t usually write recaps of postseason games that don’t involve the Cubs, but Game 2 of the World Series, won in 11 innings by the Astros 7-6, had so many twists and turns and leads blown by relievers who normally don’t do such things that I thought it deserved a few comments this morning. Vin Scully’s introduction alone made this game worthwhile: "So I’m going to ask you to do it on three, so they can hear it all the way to Houston.” -VIN #ThisTeam | #WorldSeries...
Oct 26, 2017
Cub Tracks leads off

Cub Tracks leads off

Hip to Happ, Almora amore, news and notes, and other bullets “All the news that’s printed to fit” “The emotions of a fan are often thought to be a continuum, ranging anywhere from happy to sad to angry. Fans have varying degrees of these emotions when it comes to the outcomes their teams see. In reality, though, their emotions are far more discrete. The team wins, or the team loses. Those outcomes are met with sadness or joy. The sadness, it’s practically unbearable. We somehow come to care so much about such a small thing that when it’s ripped away from us, the heartache is...
Oct 25, 2017
2017 World Series Game 2: Astros vs. Dodgers, Wednesday 10/25, 7 p.m. CT

2017 World Series Game 2: Astros vs. Dodgers, Wednesday 10/25, 7 p.m. CT

The Astros try to even up the World Series at one win each. One thing that wasn’t mentioned in the discussion of how quick Game 1 was (2:28), is the fact that World Series commercial breaks are the longest of any game during the season. Breaks during the first two rounds of the postseason were timed at 2:55. World Series breaks are timed at 3:15, which is more than a minute longer than during the regular season. That’s one extra minute for each half-inning, or 16 extra minutes beyond what a similarly-paced regular-season game would take. That would have made the game 2:12, if the...
Oct 25, 2017
Wrigley Field construction update: October 25

Wrigley Field construction update: October 25

There was a surprising amount of activity at the ballpark Wednesday. The sun came out in Chicago Wednesday after a couple of gloomy, rainy days, so I decided to head over to Wrigley Field to see what was going on regarding offseason construction. I didn’t expect to see much activity, and was somewhat surprised to see quite a bit going on. The first thing I came across were workers taking seats out of the ballpark... two at a time. The reason I posted five of these photos is that there were at least that many workers dedicated solely to this task, maybe more. Two by two, the seats slowly...
Oct 25, 2017
The Cubs should trade Kyle Schwarber

The Cubs should trade Kyle Schwarber

Hear me out. First, let me be quite clear: Kyle Schwarber is someone any baseball team would be proud to have. He seems to be a great, standup guy, a good teammate, and his work ethic is off the charts. We saw that in how hard he worked in 2016 to be able to come back and be a World Series hero, and he continued that in 2017 as he took a demotion to Triple-A and came back and had an excellent second half. Having said that, I don’t think there really is a place for him on the Cubs going forward. He’s not going to catch anymore, though he’s said he wants to; management seems to have put...