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Chicago Cubs: Evaluating the catching position going forward

Willson Contreras played in 128 games this past season, 116 of them at catcher (112 starts). He did miss some time due to injury but he eventually made his way back. As the one core player who did not get traded away, with just one more year of control, he can be expected to be […] Chicago Cubs: Evaluating the catching position going forward - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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A Cubs fan’s guide to the 2021 American League Championship Series

Rafael Devers celebrates with Kyle Schwarber after a three-run home run during Game 4 | Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via The Red Sox and Astros will begin a best-of-seven series tonight in Houston The Red Sox surprised a lot of people by handily dispatching of the Tampa Bay Rays in four games and the Astros elite offense proved too much for the White Sox pitching which set up an American League Championship Series that promises to score a lot of runs over the next week or so. I can already see a handful of readers rolling their eyes and I won’t name...

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The Cubs are reportedly hiring Carter Hawkins as their new GM

Photo by @WillByington / www.willbyington.com This is a bit of a surprise, if true. Late last week, four finalists for the job of Cubs general manager were reported, and I posed the question to you: Which would you choose of these four? Carlos Rodriguez, Rays vice president of player development and international scouting Carter Hawkins, Cleveland assistant general manager James Harris, Cleveland vice president of player development Jeremy Zoll, Twins assistant general manager The overwhelming majority of voters in the poll at that link — 88 percent — chose...

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2021 Cubs final season grades: Hitters

Some of these players will even be on the Cubs in 2022 | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ It’s going to be farewell to a lot of these guys. The swirling roster turnover of the 2021 Cubs can be shown in this number: 16. That’s the number of players I gave midseason grades who are no longer on the team, either by trade, release, demotion or injury. That’s a lot. There were 69 different men who appeared in at least one game for the Cubs in 2021, setting a new record. Many of them won’t be back in 2022. This article and its companion about the pitchers will rate only...

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2021 American League Wild Card Game: Yankees vs. Red Sox, Tuesday 10/5, 7:08 CT

Photo by Omar Rawlings/ Only one of these longtime rivals will continue in the postseason after tonight. For us as Cubs fans, attention will focus on two popular former Cubs in this game: Anthony Rizzo of the Yankees and Kyle Schwarber of the Red Sox. It is, of course, a personal preference which player(s) and/or team you would want to see win this game and move on to a division series matchup with the Rays. Personally, I hope both players do well, but that the Red Sox win the game. Should be fun! From the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey: Here’s...

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Cubs 3, Cardinals 2: The whiparound

Photo by Scott Kane/ In addition to the Cubs’ final game of 2021, there were five other important games played in MLB Sunday. Since there was a lot of important baseball Sunday afternoon that all started at about the same time, rather than give you a traditional recap of the Cubs’ 3-2 rain-shortened win over the Cardinals, I decided to keep track of when important things happened in other games (as well as in the Cubs game) and present them to you chronologically. The other games with playoff implications: Red Sox at Nationals, Rays at Yankees, Orioles at Blue Jays,...

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Cubs roster move: Tommy Nance to injured list, Joe Biagini recalled

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports The team has made another unspecified roster move. The parade of Cubs to the injured list without a specific injury designation continues: Cubs moves:• RHP Tommy Nance to IL, with no specifics give. Joins Bote, Romine, Wisdom and Martini (all off 40-man as result)• RHP Joe Biagini selected from AAA Iowa— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) October 2, 2021 Generally, if such an injured list placement occurs, it is to the COVID-19 list, though no statement to that effect has been made by the Cubs. Nance finishes his season with a 7.22 ERA...

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David Bote was injured Thursday. Who’s the potential replacement with 3 days left in the season?

Photo by Quinn Harris/ Will the Cubs give another infielder a chance? Thursday night, David Bote was lifted from the Cubs’ 9-0 win in Pittsburgh with an apparent injury, suffered in the on-deck circle, of all places [VIDEO]. This late in the season, any injury could be a “season-ending” sort of malady. With only a 28-man roster in October (instead of the previous 40 player limit), teams can face injury concerns late in the season. That’s where the Cubs are. While “call up the best player” is a good theory, the practice of running a big league...

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Cubs roster move: Austin Romine to injured list, Erick Castillo called up

Photo by Justin Casterline/ And yet another player is added to the active roster. Wednesday, Cubs infielder Patrick Wisdom was placed on the injured list without a designation (in other words, no “10-day” or similar wording). Generally, right now that means the COVID-19 list, but that was not made official by the Cubs. Today, there’s another such placement: Cubs catcher Austin Romine will be going on the IL, notably without an injury distinction like Wisdom yesterday. Not official yet, corresponding move to follow.— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) September...

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Cub Tracks trucks crab

The “Giant Trombone” | Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB news. Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we have news for you, four days a week. Today’s edition is rather caffeinated. Bear with us... or bean with us... I like my coffee black, over ice. Boog said “Pittsburgh native, Ian Happ.” This reminds us of a joke. The season is winding down to its inevitable whimper and there are SO MANY QUESTIONS. What to do with young pitchers, surprise successes, injury-prone personnel. Are the ‘elder rookies’ bona fide or fido? Who starts,...

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What should the Cubs do with Jason Heyward?

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs are likely at a crossroads with J-Hey going into 2022. Jason Heyward suffered a concussion in the September 11 game against the Giants on this play [VIDEO]. Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford’s knee accidentally hit Heyward in the head and he left the game, eventually being placed on the concussion list. Tuesday, Cubs manager David Ross announced that Heyward wouldn’t play again this year. Thus he completes his 2021 season with the worst numbers of his career: 214/.280/.347 (69-for-323) with eight home runs in 104 games....

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Chicago Cubs: Nico Hoerner’s future is clouded by a year of injuries

With the end of this season fast approaching, the Chicago Cubs are starting to shut down anyone who’s even remotely injured. In a season so brutal and forgettable, one of the more infuriating aspects of this season was all the injuries to players who really needed the playing time. No one player embodies this frustration […] Chicago Cubs: Nico Hoerner’s future is clouded by a year of injuries - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

JP Morosi expects Cubs to add pitching at trade deadline to help struggling staff | MLB WHIPAROUND

JP Morosi expects the Chicago Cubs to go after a starting pitcher at the trade deadline to offset a struggling staff, which just lost Cole Hamels to injury. #FOXSports #MLB #JPMorosi #ColeHamels #Chicago