Baseball’s Other Season is Underway and Other Cubs News and Notes

Baseball’s off-season officially began as soon as the Series ended Wednesday night in Boston. The Cubs cleared three spots on their 40-man roster when Dioner Navarro, Scott Baker, Kevin Gregg and Matt Guerrier were allowed to hit the free agent market, as expected. The Cubs reportedly would like to bring back Scott Baker and Dioner […]

Is Ian Stewart … Blake DeWitt Version 2.0?

As Cubs fans endure yet another report of third baseman Ian Stewart still not being ready for action after suffering a quad injury and starting the season on the disabled list, I am humorously reminded of former Cubs’ left-hander Steve Barber. As a member of the 1969 Seattle Pilots, Barber was immortalized in Jim Bouton’s […]

Time for the GMs to Meet … and Other Cubs Notes and Rumors

The annual General Manager Meetings officially begin Wednesday in Palm Springs. The meetings run through Friday and these meetings usually set the groundwork for future trades and free agent signings. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman made the trek out west and will continue conversations they’ve already had with other […]

Time for the Off-Season to Begin … Cubs Hire Minor League Pitching Coordinator and Other News and Notes

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning their second World Series title in three years … When the Cubs announced the new staff structure for baseball operations last Tuesday, two positions had not been filled at that time … Minor League Pitching Coordinator and Minor League Hitting Coordinator. According to Baseball America, at least […]

From the Wire … Cubs Outright Four Players Off 40-man Roster

According to multiple reports, the Cubs made four 40-man roster moves on Thursday. The Cubs outrighted RHP Marcos Mateo, RHP Miguel Socolovich, RHP Jason Berken and infielder Adrian Cardenas off of the 40-man roster and assigned them to Triple-A Iowa. The moves free up four spaces on the Cubs’ 40-man roster which currently stands at […]

Bum-ba-deeda, Bum-ba-deeda, Bum-ba-deeda … Cubs Walk Off with a Win – Cubs 5, Astros 4

Game One Hundred Sixty-Two – Cubs 5, Astros 4 WP – Carlos Marmol (3-3) LP – Hector Ambriz (1-1) Save – None It’s all over, the Cubs beat the Astros on a bases loaded RBI single by Bryan LaHair in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Cubs walked off with a win in their […]

Cubs Win One Out West – Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 2

Game One Hundred Fifty-Nine – Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 2 WP – Chris Rusin (2-3) LP – Bryan Shaw (1-6) Save – None The Cubs won their final road game of the season (23-58) and posted their first victory in a NL West park since September 27, 2011 … a span of 21 games. The Cubs […]

Number Ninety-Nine – Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 8

Game One Hundred Fifty-Eight – Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 8 WP – Trevor Cahill (13-12) LP – Justin Germano (2-10) Save – None If not for a two-run homer off the bat of Alfonso Soriano with one out in the ninth, the Cubs would have been shutout for the 15th time this season. The Cubs lost […]

One Streak Ends … One Streak Continues – Cubs 3, Diamondbacks 8

Game One Hundred Fifty-Seven – Cubs 3, Diamondbacks 8 WP – Ian Kennedy (15-11) LP – Travis Wood (6-13) Save – None The Cubs dropped to 0-17 on the road versus NL West teams with Friday’s loss to the Diamondbacks and established a new franchise record for the most road losses in a single-season (57). […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/24/12

The Devil You Don’t Know The famous quote reads: “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know” In what seems like forever to many Cubs’ fans, this quote appeared to be near and dear to the heart of top brass within the organization as they approached the off-season. But in an […]