12:41 AM EST, Fri November 27, 2020
12 hours ago
Cubs history: Ron Santo’s MLB debut

Cubs history: Ron Santo’s MLB debut

Photo by Hy Peskin/ This might be the only photo taken of Ron on his first day in the big leagues. I’ve been doing a series of historical Cubs sleuthing photos, having located a treasure trove of them via . This one’s a bit different, because the caption given with this photo gives away the date: Roberto Clemente #21 of the Pittsburgh Pirates steps into the batters box as third baseman Ron Santo #10 and catcher El Tappe #2 of the Chicago Cubs get ready to defend during an MLB game on June 26, 1960 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The reason I found this...
14 hours ago
Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s not likely to be like any Thanksgiving you’ve had before. The year 2020 has been one of great upheaval and change, mostly for the worse. That’s not something I really have to tell you, as you’ve been living it since March. So have we all. Thanksgiving 2020 is probably different for you and your family than any you’ve previously known. Travel has been discouraged to try to stop the spread of COVID-19, currently spiking in most of the USA, and so you are likely not with the family and friends you normally celebrate the holiday with. I hope this holiday finds you in...
16 hours ago
Cub Tracks’ poultry sums

Cub Tracks’ poultry sums

Photo by GraphicaArtis/ #Cubs and #MLB news you can use. Of course my feathers are ruffled. I’ve been trying to figure out how many coconuts a turkey could carry, if it was a wild turkey and didn’t come from the Austin-Nichols company. Still, tragedy tomorrow ... comedy, comedy, comedy, tonight. Laden or unladen, eventually it all adds up, right? Right, Tom? Right, Jed? Or does this whole enterprise plummet like poor Harold? Must we play chicken with the Fates? Are we simply seduced by the glamor? “As God is my witness ... I thought turkeys could fly...
Nov 25, 2020
MLB’s proposed minor league realignment could affect some Cubs affiliates

MLB’s proposed minor league realignment could affect some Cubs affiliates

Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs | Al Yellon It’s complicated. Major League Baseball is coming close to finalizing a plan that would completely revamp the structure of Minor League Baseball as we have known it. It’s detailed in this Baseball America article, and here’s the gist of how it would work. Previously, minor-league organizations would sign two- or four-year affiliation agreements with MLB teams. Now, there will be 120 teams across four levels, and: MLB will be presenting a contract—the Professional Development License—to individual...
Nov 25, 2020
Cubs historical sleuthing: Rainout edition

Cubs historical sleuthing: Rainout edition

Bettmann / Contributor This one didn’t appear in the record books, and it cost the Cubs. In this case, we have quite a bit of description from to help us out on this photo: Three umpires move in around Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson, angered at the alleged “dirty name” calling of Chicago Cub manager Phil Cavarretta (left, with 4 showing on his shirt), in the fifth inning of their game at Ebbets Field, August 2nd. Robinson later admitted, “I could have been wrong,” when Cavarretta denied having used a dirty word. the flare-up occurred when umpire Augie...
Nov 25, 2020
Cubs infrastructure payment to city of Chicago could be postponed

Cubs infrastructure payment to city of Chicago could be postponed

Photo by @WillByington / www.willbyington.com The city might give the team a break due to the pandemic. As part of the now-completed restoration and renovation of Wrigley Field, the Cubs had agreed to put money into a City of Chicago fund (called the “CubFund Project”) that was to pay for infrastructure improvements around the ballpark, including street lighting and paving. John Byrne of the Tribune reports that the city has proposed permitting the Cubs to defer the final installment of that payment until 2024: The payments are part of a 2013 deal when the...
Nov 25, 2020
Outside The Confines: Let the free agent movement begin!

Outside The Confines: Let the free agent movement begin!

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Charlie Morton has now gone full circle in his career, heading back to Atlanta 12 years later In what has felt like a very slow-moving offseason as far as the free agent market, a big pitcher has just signed a deal with a contention team, and perhaps this signals a start of some more exciting things to come. The Atlanta Braves have signed a one-year, $15 million deal with 37-year-old pitcher Charlie Morton who most recently pitched his way to the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays. Interestingly, the Rays had an option for Morton that was...
Nov 25, 2020
Baseball history unpacked, November 25

Baseball history unpacked, November 25

Scenes from the rich tapestry of the game. ... 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*. Today in baseball history: 1889 - Sporting Life reports that New York Giants owner Andrew Freedman wants to reduce the National League to eight clubs and purify the game by eliminating “certain parties who have been unduly prominent in the...
Nov 24, 2020
Give thanks for these Cubs

Give thanks for these Cubs

Yu Darvish was the Cubs leader by fWAR in 2020 | Photo by Ron Vesely/ Yes, even in 2020 Apparently it’s Thanksgiving week, a time that would normally be characterized by a bit of a frenzy at work while we all juggle our commitments so everything is wrapped up enough to enjoy a four-day weekend to give thanks with family, friends and football. However, this is 2020, so even that ritual is complicated by a surging pandemic and desperate pleas from healthcare workers that we all stay home (again and/or still) in the hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19. In an effort...
Nov 24, 2020
The Cubs stand at a crossroads. Which path would you take?

The Cubs stand at a crossroads. Which path would you take?

Photo by Matthew Stockman/ Go for it in 2021? Try to retool on the fly? Or total rebuild? Without coming out and specifically saying so during his Monday news conference, new Cubs President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer hinted that we could be in line for major changes in what we will see when the team takes the field April 1 against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Or will they? There were other hints, dropped by Hoyer and Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts in the news conference, that the season could wind up being shortened. And possibly be played in part with no fans in the...
Nov 24, 2020
Cubs historical sleuthing: It didn’t show up in the boxscore edition

Cubs historical sleuthing: It didn’t show up in the boxscore edition

Bettmann / Contributor This looks like a run scoring, but it wasn’t. In this case, provided a pretty good description of this play: Dodger Jackie Robinson is shown crossing home plate in the 8th inning of this Dodger-Chicago game, as members of the Chicago Cubs rush in to argue with Umpire Goetz, who waved Robinson in from third thinking Cub pitcher Muncrief had balked. The Cubs claimed Furillo had stepped out of the box causing the pitcher to halt his delivery and were upheld by Umpire Reardon. Bad news for Dodger fans, Robinson was ordered back to third. But, when...
Nov 24, 2020
Who could the Cubs lose in the Rule 5 Draft?

Who could the Cubs lose in the Rule 5 Draft?

Michael Rucker pitching for the Orioles in Spring Training 2020 | Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs have some talent they chose not to protect. Here are some players who might get chosen by other teams. The immediate thought after last Friday’s deadline for protecting players from the Rule 5 Draft is which players might be poached in December. In 2019, the Cubs lost infielder Vimael Machin (for the duration) and reliever Michael Rucker (until just before the COVID shutdown). The Rule 5 process is heavily scouting-based. If a team has a scout willing to bang the...
Nov 24, 2020
Cub Tracks’ a man named Jed

Cub Tracks’ a man named Jed

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ #Cubs and #MLB news you can use. Jed Hoyer is introduced as the Chicago Cubs next President of Baseball Operations. https://t.co/yLcWkv8HfC— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) November 23, 2020 Here’s Cub Tracks News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited views. Italics are often used on this page as sarcasm font. (In the comments section, use @ before and after your remarks @ to produce sarcasm font.) Jed Hoyer on Theo leaving the Cubs:...
Nov 23, 2020
Jed Hoyer’s first news conference as Cubs President of Baseball Operations was pretty noncommittal

Jed Hoyer’s first news conference as Cubs President of Baseball Operations was pretty noncommittal

Jed Hoyer and Tom Ricketts at the World Series ring ceremony in 2017 | Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Earlier Monday, the Cubs announced a five-year contract for the team’s new President of Baseball Operations, Jed Hoyer. Hoyer and Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts had their first news conference together after Hoyer took over the position. In the course of listening to this 45-minute event it occurred to me that I probably heard more words from Hoyer Monday afternoon than I had heard in the entire nine previous years he’d been in the organization. Ricketts led...
Nov 23, 2020
Cubs sign Jed Hoyer to five-year contract

Cubs sign Jed Hoyer to five-year contract

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The new Cubs President of Baseball Operations will get a few years to get the team back on track. Jed Hoyer was named to replace Theo Epstein as Cubs President of Baseball Operations last week. Monday, the team announced that he’d been signed to a five-year deal that would take him through the 2025 season, or about five years from now. Per team policy, the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Jed was a key baseball operations leader as we built a team that made the playoffs five of the last six years and won the World...