Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant were named the top two prospects in all of baseball according to ESPN Analyst Keith Law. A couple weeks ago, Law named the Cubs minor league system the best in all of baseball, and when appeared on “Olbermann” yesterday, he had great things to say about both Soler and Bryant.Follow paulmbanks
We were all very sad last month to learn the news that Ernie Banks had passed away. The sweet persona of Mr. Cub was indeed the genuine article. His public image that exuded kindness and good works was also exactly who he was on the inside.
A few minutes ago, the Chicago Cubs have announced their specific plans to pay tribute to the Hall of Famer during Spring Training, Opening Night at Wrigley Field and throughout the 2015 season.Follow paulmbanks
It’s that time again. Let’s check in on how the Chicago Cubs prospects are doing.
Today, the Cubs released their list of the 19 non-roster players invited to Major League Spring training camp. The list is below and it includes of the biggest name Cubs prospects within the organization.
Remember, the farm system is supposedly so rich that it was named the #1 pipeline in all of baseball by ESPN baseball scouting analyst Keith Law.Follow paulmbanks
Adnan Virk (@AdnanESPN) wears many hats at ESPN: SportsCenter, NBA, college football, college basketball etc. Anchoring Baseball Tonight is one of his primary gigs, and he really knows his MLB. Virk was gracious enough to sit down with me for an exclusive chat about a whole host of topics, including some Chicago Cubs baseball.
The interview (podcast below) occurred the day after I finished up covering Cubs Convention 2015, so the renewed hope in Cubs Nation was top of mind.
(discussion of the “Cubbie Kool-Aid” begins around the 6 minute mark)Follow paulmbanks
Anthony Rizzo guaranteed that the Chicago Cubs would win the NL central this season, and that prediction was one of the hottest topics at 2015 Cubs Convention. When new Manager Joe Maddon came to the stage during the first night of Cubs Con, “host” Ryan Dempster brought up the bold statement of Anthony Rizzo.
Maddon backed up Rizzo for being supremely confident and bold. He said he was a fan of Rizzo’s faith in his team and self-assurance.Follow paulmbanks
Former Chicago Cubs pitcher and current front office professional Ryan Dempster did a very fine job hosting/MCing day one of the 2015 Chicago Cubs Convention. This year, the first day had just two events: the opening ceremonies and “Late Night with Ryan Dempster.”
It was modeled after the old “Late Night with David Letterman” talk show (much more reminiscent of Letterman’s NBC days than his CBS tenure), and Dempster did himself say that Letterman was his role model for doing this three hour show.Follow paulmbanks
As we head into the 2015 Chicago Cubs Convention, it means we’re reaching two milestones this year. Clark, the much maligned mascot, turns 1. Let’s hope Clark gets treated much better in year two than he did in year one. Why Clark is so polarizing, has never made much sense, as there’s nothing to truly dislike about him.
Second milestone of 2015 is the “Back to the Future Part 11″ prophecy. Yes, the film made in 1990, and set in 1985/2015/1955 predicted the Cubs would win the World Series this year.
So you know it has to happen.Follow paulmbanks
Chicago Cubs optimism is reaching dangerously high levels. The fan base known for their eternal optimism, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, is approaching post 2003 season/pre 2004 season levels of “everything is awesome.”
A new Manager in Joe Maddon, a new big name free agent signing in Jon Lester, more of those blue chip prospects being called up to the big show, “it’s all starting to come together, Pepper!” in the words of Lou Brown from “Major League.”Follow paulmbanks
Ryan Dempster announced today that he will retire as a member of the Cubs organization. Dempster will remain with the club as a Special Asst. to President Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer. Ryan Dempster was a two-time All-Star and a World Series winner with the Boston Red Sox in 2013.
He did not pitch in the Major Leagues last season.Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Cubs are inviting their fans to participate in a holiday toy drive benefiting children at Lawrence Hall Youth Services to conclude the team’s yearlong 100 Gifts of Service. Toys may be donated at the Cubs Store across from Wrigley Field beginning today until December 4 at 5:30 p.m., when the team will once again host a holiday celebration and tree lighting ceremony at the corner of Clark and Addison streets.Follow paulmbanks