The Chicago Cubs today announced several members of manager Rick Renteria’s major league coaching staff. Here are the people staying for the Chicago Cubs Coaching staff, and the new additions to the Chicago Cubs Renteria regime.
President Barack Obama just announced that MLB Hall of Famer and “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this great award and to be among such distinguished honorees,” said Ernie Banks in a statement from the Chicago Cubs.
“I have spent my life trying to help others enjoy and appreciate the sport I love. I thank President Obama for all his efforts. The Chicago Cubs and Cubs fans everywhere share in this award as their support makes me proud to continue to work on behalf of America’s greatest game.”
Even during the frost of Winter, getting significant Cubs’ news past their fans is like trying to sneak a fastball by the quick hands of Cubs’ legend Ernie Banks. Despite the frost, most Cubs’ fans are dancing in the snow over 3B Kris Bryant, the team’s 2013 first round selection, being crowned MVP of the Arizona Fall League. Bryant, 21, and seven other Cubs’ prospects helped comprise the Mesa Solar Sox, who won the AFL’s East division with a 19-11 record before losing the championship game.
Kris Bryant’s MVP credentials included a .364 batting average in 77 at-bats, the league’s fifth highest average; 22 runs (tied-first); 28 hits (tied-fourth); eight doubles (tied-second); six homers (first); seventeen RBI (seventh); fourteen walks (tied-eight); .457 on-base-percentage (OBP)(fourth); and .727 slugging percentage (first).
Former Chicago Cubs Catcher and utility-man Jake Fox is in Mexico until his 2014 options clear up. When you hear about a washed-up former Major League Catcher named Jake playing Mexico…how can you not think of Jake Taylor from the 1980s film “Major League?” The fictional Cleveland Indians catcher gets a memorable phone call from a scout, which he believes to be a prank call.
“Is that you Tolbert?” Taylor asks. “If you were going to pull this shit, the least you could have done is said you were from the Yankees.”
5 Outs will re-air tonight at 10:30 PM CDT due to overwhelming demand.
Last night, on the exact 10th anniversary of the 2003 Chicago Cubs season-ending defeat to the Florida Marlins in Game 7 of the NLCS, Comcast SportsNet will air a documentary about that memorable season highlighted by the Steve Bartman game. It’s entitled 5 Outs and has a running time of 90 minutes.
“Catching Hell” by ESPN films was excellent. It focused on Bartman, and his whole backstory. It was an excellent film but CSN’s offering certainly matched it.
5 Outs prominently features the Bartman game, but focuses more on the Cubs team than on Steve Bartman.
Last night, on the exact 10th anniversary of the 2003 Chicago Cubs season-ending defeat to the Florida Marlins in Game 7 of the NLCS, Comcast SportsNet Chicago aired a documentary about that memorable season which is forever remembered by the Steve Bartman game. WGN Radio and CSN Chicago television host David Kaplan is one of the main stars of the film, and one particular segment from his interview stole the show.
The doc is entitled “5 Outs” and has a running time of 90 minutes. It re-airs tonight at 10:30 PM CDT.
It’s rather likely right now that Joe Girardi will leave the New York Yankees in order to manage the Chicago Cubs? It was reported last Friday that if the Cubs were interested in talking to Joe Girardi, he certainly would listen.
Also, the consensus surrounding the Cubs was that they would not fire Dale Sveum until/if they knew Girardi was ready to come to Chicago. They just fired Sveum minutes ago.
The Cubs unveiled the 100 years of Wrigley Field logo today.
Wrigley Field was completed in 1914, so this is obviously for 2014.
Brandon Ort of New Bremen, Ohio won the Wrigley Field Turns 100 logo contest.
In the final installment of our 2013 Chicago Cubs minor league All-Star team, we select three outfielders and identify several others who deserve honorable mention, including the two best outfielders in the system who did not qualify because of injury-shortened seasons.
The Chicago Cubs today announced the 2014 regular season schedule. As the Cubs will open their 139th season, again it’s “wait till next year.” Or the year after that. Or the year after that. The Chicago Cubs should be competitive in 2015. Or maybe even good in 2016. Possibly.
The Cubs open ’14 on the road Monday, March 31 against the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 100th Anniversary season of Wrigley Field home opener taking place Friday, April 4 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.