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Growing up in the 1970’s and being a sports fan was like a paradise. It was before big money took over both the players and the owners. Television was falling over itself to bring relatively cheap programming that were virtual cash cows, remember ABC’s Wide World of Sports? Being an All-American boy, I dutifully partook […]’s Top 21 Cubs Prospects for 2013

The week long look at the Cubs farm system continued Wednesday when Jonathan Mayo and published their rankings of the top prospects in the National League Central. As expected Javier Baez topped’s Cubs list with Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Brett Jackson and Arodys Vizcaino rounding out the top five. Seven of the 21 […]

Cubs Talking to Scott Hairston? And Other News, Notes and Rumors

Teams are beginning to scramble to fill out their rosters with pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training in just over three weeks … the Cubs report to Fitch Park in 25 days. While the Cubs may or may not be looking to add players to the roster before camp begins, they have spoken with […]

From the Wire … Cubs Fire Oneri Fleita, Make Front Office Changes

The Cubs announced several changes to the front office prior to Wednesday’s game, the most notable was the firing of Oneri Fleita, the team’s Vice President of Player Personnel. Fleita joined the Cubs’ organization in 1995 and Crane Kenney promoted him to VP of Player Personnel in December of 2007. Tom Ricketts extended Fleita’s contract […]

From the Wire … Jaron Madison Takes Over as Cubs Director of Amateur Scouting

The Cubs announced Friday afternoon that Jaron Madison was hired as the Cubs’ new director of amateur scouting. Madison replaces Tim Wilken, who was given a promotion and contract extension to stay with the organization. Tim Wilken will serve as a special assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/31/12

The season debuts of Robert Whitenack and Javier Baez were a mixed bag, with neither assisting in producing more victories. Peoria was able to manage one, as it took 14 innings to secure. The winning touch has seemed to elude Daytona despite the efforts of Greg Rohan, while it has found a home in Iowa, […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/05/12

Five Players to Watch: Double-A Tennessee Smokies and Triple-A Iowa Cubs This is the last in a series of articles highlighting some of the players not noted on off-season prospect lists. The players are listed in alphabetical order as they are presently listed on rosters, and do not necessarily reflect where each player will start […]

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 […]

Weekend Update … Cubs Working Toward the Start of Camp

The last week of the Cubs’ off-season will be filled with decisions and meetings leading up to players’ physicals on Friday and the first official on field workouts of the spring in six days. The Cubs organizational meetings will take place Wednesday and Thursday prior to pitchers and catchers reporting Saturday to Fitch Park. The […]

Day Three of the 2012 Cubs Convention … Fathers, Sons and Down on the Farm

The 2012 Cubs Convention wrapped Sunday with the annual panel focused on the Cubs’ Minor League system. This year’s panel featured six of the Cubs’ top prospects … Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, Junior Lake, Jeff Beliveau, Josh Vitters and Matt Szczur. Oneri Fleita dropped a little news during the Down on the Farm session. Dae-Eun […]