Samardzija Struggles Royally, Jackson Surprises Kansas City Late – Cubs 6, Royals 5

Spring Training Game Sixteen – Cubs 6, Royals 5 WP – Marcos Mateo (1-0) LP – Tim Collins (0-2, BS 2) Save – Jeffrey Lorick (1) The Cubs were shutout for the first seven innings of Saturday’s game in Surprise and managed only one hit. But that was before Brett Jackson drove in five runs […]

Rambling About the Cubs While Spring Has Not Sprung

Well hello again, everybody! It’s that time of year … I know you have all been looking forward to it , waiting with bated breath, and anxiously anticipating some incoherent, nonsensical, random and ridiculous stream of consciousness. That is right … Ramblings is BACK! For many reasons, including, but not limited to, the 472 “Top […]

Cubs Hang On for the Win in a Seesaw Spring Game – Cubs 10, Brewers 8

Spring Training Game Eleven – Cubs 10, Brewers 8 WP – Frank Batista (1-0, BS 1) LP – David Goforth (0-1) Save – Justin Grimm (1) A new Cactus League record crowd of 14,770 at Cubs Park saw the Cubs give up five runs in the seventh inning then score four runs of their own […]

Cubs Agree to Terms on 2014 Contracts with 19 Pre-Arbitration Players

The Cubs announced Monday afternoon the team agreed to terms with the 19 players on the 40-man roster with 0-3 years of Major League service time. The Major League minimum is $500,000 for the 2014 season and the terms on the contracts for Jake Arrieta and Welington Castillo were not released. Castillo was paid $503,000 […]

Mike Olt is Dealing with a Sore Shoulder and Other Cubs Spring Training News

According to multiple reports Friday, Mike Olt has been “slowed this spring because of tenderness in his right shoulder.” Olt has not played third yet but has gotten at bats as the team’s designated hitter and will again on Saturday, weather permitting. Rick Renteria said Olt is “throwing fine and he’s been working at all […]

Angels Pummel Cubs Pitching, Bryant Bashes Late– Angels 15, Cubs 3

Spring Training Game Two – Cubs 3, Angels 15 WP – Jered Weaver (1-0) LP – Chris Rusin (0-1) Save – None Two pitchers vying for a spot in the Cubs’ rotation struggled mightily in their first outing of the spring while the Cubs’ offense managed only one run on three hits over the first […]

Cubs Storylines of the Spring

Regardless of the win-loss expectancy at the big league level, this spring and the upcoming season are important steps in the building process for the organization. And the Cubs take another step Thursday afternoon when Rick Renteria’s team kicks off the Cactus League schedule against Kirk Gibson’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Several players that are coming off […]

Under Armour Performance Center, Cubs Top the Cubs and News from Day 14 of Cubs Camp

The Cubs and Under Armour announced a new multi-year agreement Wednesday that renamed the team’s training facility at Riverview Park the Under Armour Performance Center at Cubs Park. The Cubs are still exploring corporate sponsorship for Cubs Park. Colin Faulkner said Wednesday, “It’s rare to have naming rights for a ballpark in the Cactus League. […]

A Full Squad, Starlin Castro, Live Batting Practice and News from Day Seven of Cubs Camp

The Cubs first full squad workout of the spring took place Wednesday after physicals and meetings pushed back the team’s normal start time. Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein and Rick Renteria addressed the 66 players in big league camp. Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Carlos Villanueva, Neil Ramirez, Chris Rusin, Armando Rivero, Kyle Hendricks and Justin Grimm […]

Pitchers and Catchers Continue Pitching and Catching and News from Day Five of Cubs Camp

Pitchers and catchers continued getting their work in Monday while position players rolled in early in advance of Tuesday’s reporting day. According to reports, the second group of pitchers that includes Edwin Jackson, Carlos Villanueva, Jason Hammel, Pedro Strop and Jose Veras completed their second bullpens of the spring with no issues. Javier Baez was […]