Cubs Edwin Jackson could thrive in bullpen


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Genius physicist Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  The Cubs intransigence in keeping RHP Edwin Jackson in the starting rotation is bordering on insanity.

Since he signed a four-year, $52 million contract prior to last season, Jackson, 30, has arguably been the worst starting pitcher in major league baseball.  Among the 68 pitchers who have thrown at least 300 innings since the start of 2013, Jackson has the worst WHIP (1.53); the worst ERA (5.47); the worst batting average allowed of balls put into play (BABIP)  (.335); the second worst batting average against (BA) (.293); the 12th highest walk rate (8.6%); and the fifth most wild pitches (23).

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Who said the Cubs lack starting pitching prospects?


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At the trade deadline, the Cubs added yet another highly-touted position player prospect, catcher Victor Caratini, to a system replete with them when they dealt UT Emilio Bonifacio and LHP James Russell to the Atlanta Braves.  While even Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer acknowledges that there is an “imbalance” between the talented crop of position players and the pitchers in the Cubs system, now ranked number one in baseball by most minor league authorities, by no means is the system bereft of promising young arms.

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OUCH! Cubs trade Darwin Barney for player to be named


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The Chicago Cubs today traded infielder Darwin Barney and a cash consideration to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. OUCH BABE! Remember when he was relevant? When he was possibly considered “a piece” in “the rebuild?” At least defensively, he was thought to be something, Now this is his fate.  

 The one AAA leader hits once gave Cubs fans such high hopes.

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Cubs prospects update: Cates, Cervenka, Baez, Hannemann


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Over the last couple of weeks, a number of Cubs prospects have been promoted to higher levels in the system, including OF Jorge Soler to AAA Iowa, OF Albert Almora to AA Tennessee and 2014 first round pick Kyle Schwarber to Advanced A Daytona.

Today, we will feature a couple of other prospects who have recently been promoted and one whom Cubs fans are clamoring to be promoted to the major league squad before season’s end.  We will also discuss the tension that exists for Cubs management between promoting prospects for a late season cup of coffee and keeping as many spots available on the 40-man roster to guard against losing  players in the Major League Rule 5 draft held every offseason.

Let’s get to work.

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VIDEO: Tottenham Hotspur F Harry Kane talks day with Chicago Cubs


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Harry Kane met the media in Chicago tonight following the 2 nil triumph over the Chicago Fire in a preseason friendly between the MLS and Premier League. Kane scored the first goal assisted by Lewis Holtby. Aaron Lennon tallied the second with an assist from Roberto Soldado.

In the media session I asked Kane, (KANER!!!, people reading this in Chicago will get that joke, no one outside of Chicago probably will) about meeting Cubs All-Star Anthony Rizzo, National League leader in home runs.

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PHOTOS: Tottenham Hotspur spends night at the Chicago Cubs


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Tottenham Hotspur got to take in a game with the Chicago Cubs. They were guests of honor at Wrigley Field. Here is the photo collection.

Twenty year old forward Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur threw out a ceremonial first pitch the other night at Wrigley Field before the Cubs took on the San Diego Padres. The event is leading up to Spurs’ international friendly against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park Saturday, July 26.

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PHOTOS: Tottenham star Harry Kane threw out 1st ball at Cubs game


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Twenty year old forward Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur threw out a ceremonial first pitch tonight at Wrigley Field before the Chicago Cubs of MLB took on the San Diego Padres. The event is leading up to Spurs’ international friendly against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park Saturday, July 26.

He, along with Michael Dawson, also exchanged shirts with MLB All-Star Anthony Rizzo.

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VIDEO: Cubs fans excited about FAKE Cubs prospects


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Some experts believe the Chicago Cubs now have the best farm system in all of baseball. So I decided to see how much those who bleed Cubbie blue really know about the blue chip prospects who might be headed to Wrigley Field one day. I anagrammed a view names and gave each fake name a faux biography as well.

Then I teamed up with the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye edition for a typical man on the street piece outside of Wrigley. The results were even better than I expected. One fan even claims to have seen the non-existent prospect play in person.

Here’s a sample of the reaction we got from a few Cubs fans:

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Tottenham Hotspur throwing out 1st ball at Chicago Cubs


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Update: player who will throw out first ball has been chosen!

The Chicago Fire of the MLS welcome Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to the Windy City for an international friendly on Saturday, July 26. It will be televised on ESPN2, and it kicks off at 7 p.m. CST at Toyota Park.

Spurs who drew with the Seattle Sounders 3-3 last night, will play Toronto FC and then arrive in Chicago at noon on Thursday, July 24, will kick off their tour of the city by joining in a ceremonial bell-ringing at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

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The 2014 BSPYs


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Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.

Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.

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More Money For Sports In Brazil And Chicago, More Problems


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Thing about television is that it only shows you the unpleasant and the uncomfortable when it makes for better theater. Rarely is such the case in viewing sports. Besides the actual game action, a national broadcast is going to feed you shots of local peculiarities and regional foodstuffs during timeouts.

Going in and out of commercials you get the blimp views of the stadia amid a lit up downtown at night, stock footage of hustle and bustle during the daytime, and shots of some unique piece of architecture soundtracked by a song from and/or about whatever city the game is in. Oh, hey, look at the city-native-but-now-probably-expatriate celebrity in the stands totally trying to go unnoticed in that black baseball cap. (8,974 screenshots get tweeted.)

And Drake. There’s always Drake.

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Cubs prospects review: Vogelbach, Blackburn, Johnson, Soler


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cubsWith the recent promotion of 2B/CF Arismendy Alcantara to the Cubs, and the positive early returns, Cubs prospect watching has taken on more excitement.  Today, we are featuring the most likely player in the system to serve as the Cubs’ designated hitter if the National League, as has been rumored, adopts this rule.  We will also feature two blue-chip prospects who have recently returned from injuries and another prospect who is putting together a solid season at a lower level of the system.

Let’s get to work:

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