9:09 AM EST, Tue March 05, 2024
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Cub Tracks’ theater of the mind

Cub Tracks’ theater of the mind

Paul Sullivan/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news and notes, links and discussion, plus more or less scientific food for thought. The Cubs are .500 in the spring so far, but things are looking up as they heat up. WELCOME to today’s episode 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, steeped in writers’ tears, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor. Dave’s probably here. Thanks for coming. Cubs dropped...
7 hours ago
BCB After Dark: Cooper or Smith?

BCB After Dark: Cooper or Smith?

Photo by Denis Poroy/ The late-night/early-morning spot for Cubs fans asks if Garrett Cooper or Dominic Smith has a better chance of making the Opening Day roster; Welcome to another week here at BCB After Dark: the grooviest spot for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. We hope you’ve had a great day. Come on in and sit with us for a while. There are still a couple of good tables available. There’s no cover charge this evening and the dress code is casual. Bring your own beverage. BCB After Dark is the place for you to talk baseball, music,...
15 hours ago
Padres 2, Cubs 1: The new guys debut

Padres 2, Cubs 1: The new guys debut

Photo by Michael Reaves/ It was the first Cubs game for Dominic Smith and Garrett Cooper. I’ll be glad when the 2024 MLB regular season begins, if for no other reason than we’ll have TV coverage, video highlights and photos from every game. There was TV, after a fashion, for Monday’s Cubs 2-1 loss to the Padres, an internet-only, two-camera feed on the Padres website. Unfortunately, there are no photos, which is why you get the lovely picture of a Cubs equipment bag heading this recap. Two new non-roster invitees, Dominic Smith and Garrett Cooper, made their...
18 hours ago
First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Padres, Monday 3/4, 2:05 CT

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Padres, Monday 3/4, 2:05 CT

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports Go get ‘em, Jordan.
23 hours ago
2024 Cubs: Know your enemy, AL Central

2024 Cubs: Know your enemy, AL Central

White Sox manager Pedro Grifol (left) and bench coach Charlie Montoyo. Write your own caption! | Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ This division could be won by a team just barely over .500. Last year, the Twins finished first in this division with 87 wins and no one else had a winning record. I don’t see any reason this year will be any different in the AL Central. Chicago White Sox Key departures: Elvis Andrus, Yasmani Grandal, Mike Clevinger, Liam Hendriks, Tim Anderson, Aaron Bummer Key arrivals: Nicky Lopez, Braden Shumake, Mike Soroka, Paul DeJong, Max Stassi, Erick...
Mar 4, 2024
Baseball history unpacked, March 4

Baseball history unpacked, March 4

The Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig | Photo by Pictorial Parade/ A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Free of charge for the discerning reader. Early rules, Lou Gehrig Day, and other stories. Happy birthday, Chicago. 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...
Mar 3, 2024
Cubs 5, Guardians 3: David Bote, star man

Cubs 5, Guardians 3: David Bote, star man

Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs infielder is making a bid for the Opening Day roster. MESA, Arizona — I keep telling you guys that David Bote has a real chance to make the Cubs this year, and he put another point on the board in his favor when he hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning against the Guardians Sunday. That gave the Cubs the lead and proved to be the winning blow in a 5-3 Cubs win over Cleveland. And yes, I will die on this hill. Bote plays a competent second base and third base, can play shortstop for a time if needed, and could possibly even...
Mar 3, 2024
Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Guardians, Sunday 3/3, 2:05 CT

Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Guardians, Sunday 3/3, 2:05 CT

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Mar 3, 2024
First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Guardians, Sunday 3/3, 2:05 CT

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Guardians, Sunday 3/3, 2:05 CT

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Go get ‘em, Kyle.
Mar 3, 2024
Cubs vs. Guardians at Mesa Sunday 3/3 game threads

Cubs vs. Guardians at Mesa Sunday 3/3 game threads

If you seek Sunday’s game threads, look no further.
Mar 3, 2024
Cubs vs. Guardians at Mesa preview, Sunday 3/3, 2:05 CT

Cubs vs. Guardians at Mesa preview, Sunday 3/3, 2:05 CT

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs begin the work week with a home game. MESA, Arizona — News item: Ian Happ has a minor hamstring injury. It appears to have happened when he was running out a ground ball in the third inning of Thursday’s game against the Rockies. Owen Caissie replaced Happ in left field in the next inning. The Cubs hope he’ll be ready for Opening Day: ‘‘Optimistic for Opening Day,’’ Counsell said, ‘‘but you’re not going to see him in games for a little bit here.’’ ‘‘It’s spring training, so that leads us to be...
Mar 3, 2024
Cubs historical sleuthing: 1960s edition

Cubs historical sleuthing: 1960s edition

Just a bit of history as we await today’s spring game. This is one of the clearest color photos you’ll see from the 1960s. I’m guessing it was taken with Kodachrome or Ektachrome film, which was state of the art back then. (Does anyone still use photo film?) This one’s easy to pinpoint. We are looking at a scoreboard that has 20 teams on it, and the Cubs score line has been moved to the middle, so the earliest possible year is 1962. In the seating area, we see the folding chairs that the Wrigleys used until they replaced them with permanent seats in 1965. (In 1981, when...
Mar 2, 2024
Dodgers 8, Cubs 5: Shōta’s debut

Dodgers 8, Cubs 5: Shōta’s debut

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs’ new Japanese lefty looked good. The rest of the team... not so much. Shōta Imanaga made his Cubs debut Saturday and pitched as advertised. Despite allowing a three-run homer to Dodgers prospect Andy Pages, Imanage had command of all his pitches and struck out five. The Cubs, however, dropped the game to the Dodgers 6-5. The Cubs opened the scoring in the top of the second on this solo homer by Matt Mervis [VIDEO]. After that came the aforementioned three-run homer in the bottom of the second. The Cubs got one of those runs...
Mar 2, 2024
First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Dodgers, Saturday 3/2, 2:05 CT

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Dodgers, Saturday 3/2, 2:05 CT

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports Go get ‘em, Shōta.
Mar 2, 2024
Cubs vs. Dodgers at Glendale Saturday 3/2 game threads

Cubs vs. Dodgers at Glendale Saturday 3/2 game threads

Photo by Ralph Freso/ Saturday’s game threads? All right here.