A Look Back at the Cubs Off-Season as Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training

Doesn’t it seem like a lot longer than just 144 days since Jed Hoyer’s San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 9-2? Ryan Dempster took the loss on the final day of the 2011 season. Starlin Castro ran his hitting streak to 11 games in the loss and reached base for the 40th game in […]

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Avoiding Arbitration, a Minor League Signing … and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs crossed another task from their off-season to-do list Friday when they agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Matt Garza. The Cubs and Garza avoided arbitration just before his scheduled hearing in St. Petersburg. Garza had filed a $12.5 million salary arbitration number and the Cubs offered $7.95 million. The two sides […]

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Rambling While Dreaming About a Vegan

Hello again, everyone and happy Friday to you all. The Cubs’ stove has been simmering for weeks now, but we have not even come close to a hard boil. However, I have a distinct feeling that is all about to change. From Sapporo to Milwaukee, baseball news now comes from all over the globe, and […]

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Is Maddux the Favorite to Land the Cubs’ Gig?

By all accounts Mike Maddux’s time with the Cubs went extremely well and he could be the leader in the proverbial clubhouse to become their next manager. Mike Maddux spent Tuesday night and four hours Wednesday morning talking baseball with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod and Randy Bush. Maddux sounded at ease speaking to […]

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Weekend Update … One Interview After the Other for the Cubs

If the last two weeks are any indication the next seven days figure to be anything but boring. Theo Epstein has not wasted any time since taking over as the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs on October 21. Theo Epstein was introduced on October 25 and officially hired Jed Hoyer (Executive Vice […]

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From the Wire … Mike Quade Out as Manager of the Chicago Cubs

According to multiple reports, Mike Quade will not return as manager of the Chicago Cubs for the final year of his two-year contract. Theo Epstein flew to Florida on Wednesday to inform Mike Quade of the decision. The search for the Cubs new manager will begin immediately and it sounds like Ryne Sandberg will not […]

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The Cubs Fab Front Office … and Other News and Notes

Theo Epstein introduced his long-time friends and associates to the Chicago Media and to the Faithful on Tuesday in what Epstein called the “Cubs Weekly Press Conference“. For the second Tuesday in a row, the Cubs front office grew up while getting younger at the same time. Epstein proudly introduced Jed Hoyer as the Chicago […]

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A Deadline, A Press Conference and More Decisions for Team Epstein

Executive Vice President/General Manager Jed Hoyer and Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod will be formally introduced on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00pm CDT during a joint press conference at Wrigley Field. Theo Epstein added both Hoyer and McLeod to his staff last Wednesday night. ‘Team Epstein’ has hit the ground running […]

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Quade to Meet with Epstein and Hoyer Again this Week

According to a report from the Sun-Times late Sunday night, Mike Quade met with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer last week to discuss his future with the team. The Sun-Times did not indicate if the meeting took place in Chicago or in Florida. According to the Sun-Times, nothing was resolved in the first meeting and […]

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Weekend Update … The Second Week of the Epstein Era

It figures to be another big week for the Chicago Cubs. Jed Hoyer is expected to be introduced as the Cubs new general manager no later than Tuesday. Once the Hoyer announcement is out of the way, the Cubs should turn their attention to Mike Quade and the coaching staff … while dealing with the […]

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