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Brandon Morrow wants to come back to the Cubs

Brandon Morrow wants to come back to the Cubs

Photo by David Banks/ Would you do it? The Cubs signed Brandon Morrow to a two-year contract with a third-year option that came with a buyout, which the team just paid. In all, the Cubs paid Morrow $21 million for half a year of play. Half a year of dominant play, to be sure: a 1.47 ERA, 1.076 WHIP, 22 saves in 24 appearances. Since the All-Star break in 2018, Morrow was injured, tried to come back, always had “setbacks” and did not pitch at all, not even in a rehab game. Now, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times reports that Morrow would like to come back to the Cubs: Morrow, who...
1 hour ago
Anthony Rizzo is a good leadoff hitter. Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber aren’t. Why?

Anthony Rizzo is a good leadoff hitter. Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber aren’t. Why?

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ The leadoff spot was a disaster for the Cubs in 2019. How can they fix it? Anthony Rizzo is a great hitter. On this, you likely agree. He’s been asked to bat leadoff occasionally in several different seasons. And in doing that, he’s hit even better than his career averages. Here are Rizzo’s lines batting leadoff: 2017: 14 games, 59 PA, .300/.373/.680, five home runs2018: 31 games, 138 PA, 328/.428/.552, six home runs2019: 12 games, 46 PA, .410/.500/.667, three home runs Those numbers are all far better than his career norms, and with 57 games there and 243...
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The Cubs are headed back to Las Vegas next spring

The Cubs are headed back to Las Vegas next spring

Photo by Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire via They’ll play two exhibition games there against the Reds. The Cubs have played exhibition games in Las Vegas during spring training in 17 previous seasons, including 14 in a row from 2005-18. The “Big League Weekend,” as the Vegas folks call it, was cancelled last year due to construction of the new Triple-A park there, Las Vegas Ballpark (pictured above). Tuesday, it was announced that the Cubs are headed back there in March 2020 — but their appearance will be one of two “Big League Weekend” events in Las Vegas next spring: Opening...
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The 10 most random Cubs from the last 10 seasons

The 10 most random Cubs from the last 10 seasons

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ All of you know the names Baez, Bryant, Contreras and Rizzo. And then, there’s these guys. Just to be up front with all of you, I stole this idea from our Yankees site Pinstripe Alley, who did an identical article on random Yankees from 2010-19. It sounded like fun, and it was even more fun when I went through the rosters for each season and found a Cubs player from each year for whom you’re likely going to say, “Who?” (Or, potentially, “Why?”) 2010: Chad Tracy In 2005, Tracy hit .308/.359/.553 with 25 home runs for the Diamondbacks, a 3.1 bWAR...
Nov 12, 2019
Theo Epstein says you should take trade rumors with ‘a mouthful of salt’

Theo Epstein says you should take trade rumors with ‘a mouthful of salt’

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ The Cubs exec addressed rumors at the GM meetings. We are in baseball’s offseason, and that means it’s also trade rumor season. In fact, I wrote here Monday about one of those rumors. This week, MLB executives are meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. And Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein spoke some choice words about trade rumors to reporters at the conference: “The nature of any offseason (is) there are going to be rumors about your major-league players and even your best players, and that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re true. No one...
Nov 11, 2019
The Cubs were one of three teams who exceeded the luxury tax in 2019

The Cubs were one of three teams who exceeded the luxury tax in 2019

Photo by Mary Turner/ They stayed under the top level, though. The Cubs went over levels one and two of MLB’s Competitive Balance Tax (commonly called the “luxury tax”) for the 2019 season. The other two teams — and this should not surprise you — were the Red Sox and Yankees. MLB Trade Rumors posted an article Monday confirming that these three were the only teams that went over the $206 million first level of tax. The luxury tax calculations include, beyond basic payroll figures, payments for minor leaguers and player benefits, among other things. Here’s what MLBTR said...
Nov 11, 2019
All right, let’s talk about the Willson Contreras trade rumors

All right, let’s talk about the Willson Contreras trade rumors

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ I don’t think Willson is going anywhere, but you never know. This week, MLB general managers will be meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. (And doesn’t that sound like a nice, much warmer place to be than Chicago right now?) Thus there will be trade talk going on. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan got some Cubs fans riled up late Friday with this tweet: Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade...
Nov 10, 2019
Voices of the Game

Voices of the Game

Al Yellon Here you will find all the articles ranking local TV baseball announcers who played, by bWAR
Nov 10, 2019
A few views from Cubs season ticket holder family day

A few views from Cubs season ticket holder family day

Al Yellon It was a chance to see Wrigley Field in the offseason. Every year, the Cubs invite season-ticket holders to Wrigley Field to enjoy some time on the field, tour the dugouts and press box and see other parts of the ballpark usually not available to fans. This year, the team pushed the STH family day back into November. This wasn’t a popular thing with most STH and the team has moved it back in-season for 2020 (June 26 and 27, according to the renewal package received last week). Fortunately, the weather more or less cooperated Saturday. Temperatures were in the mid-40s, the...
Nov 9, 2019
Wrigley Field historical sleuthing: Mid-century franchise move edition

Wrigley Field historical sleuthing: Mid-century franchise move edition

This is a really good snapshot in time in MLB history. From 1903, when the American and National Leagues first began to make peace with playing the first modern World Series, through 1952, the leagues had been remarkably stable. No franchise had moved and none had failed, though some had come close to bankruptcy during the Depression. That all began to change in the 1950s. Some teams had trouble competing in two-team markets. The West Coast began to become an attractive proposition with air travel, and so teams began to explore the possibility of moving. This photo shows a moment in time...
Nov 9, 2019
This photo is the reason people want hard tickets instead of mobile tickets

This photo is the reason people want hard tickets instead of mobile tickets

They help create memories. Last Saturday, I wrote this article commemorating the third anniversary of the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series. In the comments, BCBer Strange Penguin posted the photo you see above, which consists of three framed memorabilia items on his wall. They’re from Game 6 of the 2016 NLCS and Games 3 and 5 of the 2016 World Series, all at Wrigley Field. Fans were given blue towels with the names of everyone on the roster; those were for waving around, or keeping as souvenirs like this. But these towels wouldn’t have been enough in and of themselves to be a framed...
Nov 8, 2019
Andy Green named Cubs bench coach

Andy Green named Cubs bench coach

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports The coaching staff will be quite different in 2020. Just a couple days ago, it was rumored that former Padres manager Andy Green would be named Cubs bench coach. Now, that’s happened: Former Padres manager Andy Green will be the new Cubs bench coach, per sources.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) November 9, 2019 Green was Padres manager for the last four seasons. He was let go by San Diego with eight games remaining in the 2019 season. Before that, he spent four years managing in the minor leagues in the Diamondbacks chain. He spent 2015 as...
Nov 8, 2019
Five bold predictions for the 2020 Cubs

Five bold predictions for the 2020 Cubs

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Many of these won’t happen... or maybe they will. That’s why they’re bold! It is 106 days until the Cubs’ spring opener and 139 days until they’ll take the field at Miller Park against the Brewers for Opening Day 2020. Those days will be filled with moves, or lack of same, and the Cubs team that takes the field next spring will look quite different from the one we last saw in St. Louis in September. Here are five bold predictions for the Cubs for next year 1) Kris Bryant will be traded before Opening Day I’ve written about this a couple of times...
Nov 7, 2019
Cole Hamels admits he came back too soon from his oblique injury

Cole Hamels admits he came back too soon from his oblique injury

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Perhaps this season might have turned out differently. Cole Hamels suffered an oblique injury in late April 2017 when he was with the Rangers. At the time, it was said he’d miss about eight weeks. That was just about how much time he did miss; he returned in late June. Even then, he wasn’t quite the same pitcher after the injury: Before injury: 5 starts, 32⅔ innings, 3.03 ERA, 1.133 WHIPAfter injury: 19 starts, 115⅓ innings, 4.53 ERA, 1.223 WHIP The same thing happened to Hamels in 2019. He made 17 starts for the Cubs up to the end of June, posting a...
Nov 7, 2019
Cubs coaching moves: Tommy Hottovy, Mike Borzello returning; Chris Denorfia out

Cubs coaching moves: Tommy Hottovy, Mike Borzello returning; Chris Denorfia out

Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy David Ross’ staff is taking shape. We learned earlier Thursday that former Phillies pitching coach Chris Young will be the new Cubs bullpen coach, as new manager David Ross puts together his staff. Per Patrick Mooney at The Athletic, some of the coaches from 2019 under Joe Maddon will be returning: As the Cubs make changes throughout their baseball operations department, Ross’ staff is taking shape with Chris Young hired as the new bullpen coach, and pitching coach Tommy Hottovy, hitting coach Anthony Iapoce and catching/strategy coach Mike Borzello...

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