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Javier Báez was reportedly offered $160-$170 million in a longterm deal in 2020

Javier Báez was reportedly offered $160-$170 million in a longterm deal in 2020

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ At least, according to one tweet. Let’s discuss. These aren’t the sorts of reports or rumors that I usually dig into on this site. But this one caught my eye and I thought it was worth examining: Cubs did make multiyear offer to Javy Baez in spring of 2020 as @Buster_ESPN reported. Offer was in $160M to $170M range. While Baez has struggled since he does have 4 HR and 5 SB and has track record. Will get hot at some point. Still has decent chance to beat that as free agent— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 19, 2021 First things first. If...
9 hours ago
Braves 13, Cubs 4: Do-it-yourself recap

Braves 13, Cubs 4: Do-it-yourself recap

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Yes, it’s time for another one of these. Sunday evening at Wrigley Field, the Cubs were crushed by the Braves 13-4. Thoroughly, completely, utterly crushed. Before I get to a recap of sorts, about that score: And a note on that 13-4 oddity from the Cubs... pic.twitter.com/IF0HcggYND— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 19, 2021 Another curiosity about that: The Braves’ boxscore totals from this game (38-13-14-13, AB-R-R-BI) exactly matched the Cubs’ from Saturday’s game. Rather than give you my own recap to this rout, I thought...
22 hours ago
Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Braves, Sunday 4/18, 6:08 CT

Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Braves, Sunday 4/18, 6:08 CT

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Apr 18, 2021
Cubs vs. Braves Sunday 4/18 game threads

Cubs vs. Braves Sunday 4/18 game threads

Al Yellon Looking for Sunday’s game threads? You have come to the right place.
Apr 18, 2021
Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves preview, Sunday 4/18, 6:08 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves preview, Sunday 4/18, 6:08 CT

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs, once again, go for the series win. Sunday notes... HITTING SHOES: Thanks to Saturday’s outburst from the bats, the Cubs’ team batting average rose 18 points (.184 from .166), their OBP rose 14 points (.281 from .267) and their slugging mark gained 57 points (.364 from .307). EVERYONE LOVES THE LONG BALL: Including his ninth career multi‐homer effort Saturday, Willson Contreras has homered in three straight games for the first time in his career. The last Cub to homer in four consecutive games is Anthony Rizzo, who...
Apr 18, 2021
They’ve changed the ‘NITE GAME’ display on the Wrigley Field scoreboard

They’ve changed the ‘NITE GAME’ display on the Wrigley Field scoreboard

Al Yellon And... I’m not sure I like it. For decades, since the iconic Wrigley Field scoreboard was constructed over the bleachers in 1937, out-of-town night games have been shown on the board in diagonal fashion. Here are two photos I took at the ballpark in 2019 showing that display: Al Yellon July 20, 2019 Al Yellon September 20, 2019 It’s literally been that way pretty much forever. Here’s a photo of the board from 1963: Photo by: Diamond Images/ May 18, 1963 Incidentally, if...
Apr 17, 2021
Cubs 13, Braves 4: The complaint department is closed

Cubs 13, Braves 4: The complaint department is closed

Photo by David Banks/ The Cubs brought out the big bats and demolished the visitors from Atlanta. I told you, told you, TOLD YOU the Cubs weren’t as bad as they had shown over the 2021 season’s first 13 games. Maybe 13 was the good-luck number, because in Game 14 the Cubs smashed six home runs and scored 13 runs in a 13-4 crushing of the Braves. In the Cubs’ previous six games they had scored a total of 11 runs, so they outdid that by a pair. The six homers fell one short of the franchise record of seven, which hasn’t been done since 1977 — and all of that on...
Apr 17, 2021
First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Braves, Saturday 4/17, 1:20 CT

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Braves, Saturday 4/17, 1:20 CT

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Go get ‘em, Trevor.
Apr 17, 2021
Cubs vs. Braves Saturday 4/17 game threads

Cubs vs. Braves Saturday 4/17 game threads

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/MLB Photos via If you seek Saturday’s game threads, look no further.
Apr 17, 2021
Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves preview, Saturday 4/17, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves preview, Saturday 4/17, 1:20 CT

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ The Cubs, once again, will try to score some runs. I’ve been posting some positive team notes in these previews. Today, I’m going to try something different. Remember when I said just before Opening Day that I had a sort of 1973 Cubs vibe around this year’s team? Well, the 2021 Cubs have not scored more than five runs in any game, 13 games now. That’s not anywhere close to the franchise record, which is 23 straight games of five runs or fewer. Guess when that happened? Yep, 1973, July 28 through August 19. The Cubs went 6-17 in that...
Apr 16, 2021
Braves 5, Cubs 2: Déjà vu all over again

Braves 5, Cubs 2: Déjà vu all over again

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports You’re tired of this. I’m tired of this. So this recap is going to be... different. I call on the wisdom of Hall of Famer Yogi Berra. You might recall that the recap of Wednesday’s 7-0 loss to the Brewers was headlined “Déjà vu.” That’s because it felt just like so many other Cubs losses this year. The Cubs’ 5-2 loss to the Braves on a sunny but chilly Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field was basically same old, same old, thus I decided on the headline you see here, which was at one time credited to Hall of Famer Yogi Berra as...
Apr 16, 2021
Cubs vs. Braves Friday 4/16 game threads

Cubs vs. Braves Friday 4/16 game threads

Al Yellon Looking for Friday’s game threads? You have come to the right place.
Apr 16, 2021
Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves preview, Friday 4/16, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves preview, Friday 4/16, 1:20 CT

Photo by Stacy Revere/ The Cubs welcome a non-Central opponent. Today’s roster move: Here Friday notes: JACKIE ROBINSON DAY: Since the Cubs were off Thursday, they will honor Robinson today. All Cubs players will wear No. 42. HELLO, OLD FRIEND: The Cubs and Braves didn’t play each other last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, snapping the longest streak of consecutive seasons played by two teams in U.S. professional sports history at 146 campaigns from 1874-2019, including two seasons in the National Association. NEED TO FACE MORE LEFTHANDERS: The Cubs are...
Apr 16, 2021
Cubs roster move: Matt Duffy activated from COVID list, Ildemaro Vargas to alternate site

Cubs roster move: Matt Duffy activated from COVID list, Ildemaro Vargas to alternate site

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs shuffle infielders. The Cubs have had several players on the COVID-19 list due to possible exposure to the virus, though as of a couple of days ago no Cubs player had tested positive. One of those players was Matt Duffy, who was placed on the COVID-19 list on Tuesday. Ildemaro Vargas had been recalled from the South Bend alternate site as a replacement. Vargas went 0-for-2 as a pinch hitter in the Brewers series. Duffy is 1-for-8 with a double and a walk in seven games played for the Cubs so far this season. He made the team out...

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