Jay Cutler Don’t Care Award: Chicago Cubs


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Welcome to the October 10th, 2014 edition of “The Cuttys,” or the Jay Cutler DON’T CARE awards. They honor, as one Facebook commenter put it:

“all the non-news that’s fit to delete.”

Or more literally:  “terrible attempts at creating news, that I instantly deleted upon seeing it in my inbox.”

All media members receive dozens of press releases and story pitches from publicists, Sports Information Departments, Media Relations and PR people every week. This one was the most utterly asinine and completely worthless that I received this week.

And as always, in case you missed it, here’s how these awards got named.

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Chicago Cubs release 2015 Spring Training schedule


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With the Chicago Cubs it’s always “wait till next year.” And just last week during his annual end of the season “state of the cubs” press conference Theo Epstein threw down the gauntlet to his own organization saying that 2015 is next year. Theo, the smartest man in the room, regardless of whatever room that is, pretty much said the Chicago Cubs will be competitive/contenders next year.

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Travis Wood: Chicago Cubs potential “Loogy”


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Overshadowed by RH Edwin Jackson’s disastrous two-year stint in the Cubs’ rotation and albatross contract was the severe regression of LH starter Travis Wood this season.

In his all-star campaign of 2013, Wood tossed 200 innings, allowing 163 hits and 66 walks.  Among the 79 qualifying starters, Wood ranked third in BABIP (batting average on balls in play) (.248); 19th in ERA (3.11); ninth in batting average against (BA) (.218); and 21st in WHIP (1.15).

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Chicago Cubs farm system All-Star team: outfielders


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We complete our second-annual Cubs minor-league All-Star team today by naming three outfielders to the squad.  In previous installments, we selected pitchers; a catcher and  first-basemanand a second-baseman, shortstop and third-baseman.

 

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Chicago Cubs move minor league team to South Bend


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The Chicago Cubs are moving their Class A affiliate from the Kane County Cougars to the South Bend Sliver Hawks. The Low A ball franchise may rename itself to the Cubs. The South Bend franchise will unveil a new name, logo and uniform, Thursday, September 25, during a press conference beginning at 9 a.m. ET at the local St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce. Officials from both South Bend and the Cubs will be on hand.

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Chicago Cubs to be national game of the week Saturday


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The Chicago Cubs are going to be on national television…not in 2015, or in 2016 when they might become decent again. Not in 2017 when they might actually be good. Or 2018 when they win the NL Central or 2019 when they win the World Series. (All these predictions will come true of course, I have 100% certainty) But Saturday, this Saturday.

The Chicago Cubs may be on national television 2015-19 as well, but the network’s haven’t released the schedule just yet. However, today, Fox announced this weekend’s Saturday game of the week.

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Cubs minor league All-Star team Part 3: 2B, SS, 3B


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Having selected pitchers and a first-baseman and catcher for our second annual Cubs minor league All-Star team, today we continue our journey across the diamond. There is as much suspense about who will represent the squad at second-base, shortstop and third-base as whether 1970’s television detective Columbo would nab the bad guy by show’s end.

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2015 Chicago Cubs schedule released


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The Chicago Cubs today announced their 2015 regular season schedule; opening at home April 6 versus the hated St. Louis Cardinals. Chicago Cubs will play the Cardinals in their season opener for the first time since 1991.

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Cubs minor league All-Star Team Part 2: 1B and C


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We continue unveiling members of our second annual Chicago Cubs minor league All-Star team.  On Friday, we selected two relief and starting pitchers apiece.  In this installment, we will choose our All-Star catcher and first-baseman and also profile a couple of players at each position who merit Honorable mention.

So let’s get to work.

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Cubs minor league all-star team part 1: pitchers


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It is time for the rollout of our second annual Chicago Cubs minor league All-Star team.  Today, we reveal the pitchers, two starters and two relievers, who made our squad.  In each subsequent installment, we will give All-Star nods to two or more position players until we have fielded a full squad.

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Happy Annual Psychoanalyze Starlin Castro Day


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The following Starlin Castro piece is by Tim Baffoe, of CBS Chicago.com. It reflects the opinions of Tim Baffoe.

Enjoy:

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Cubs betrayed Junior Lake with premature promotion


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The Cubs’ brass has spoken ad nauseam about its policy for promoting top prospects to the major leagues:  a prospect must dominate AAA baseball for an extended period of time.  When the Cubs promoted Junior Lake on July 19, 2013, there were myriad reasons they violated that policy and unwittingly set Lake up for a failure that finally led the Cubs to demote him to AAA Iowa just a couple of weeks ago.

While Lake initially seemed to demonstrate  prescience by the Cubs brass with an OPS of .760 and batting average of .284 in 254 plate appearances in the waning months of last season, there were signs even then that Lake was not quite ready.  His walk percentage of just over 5% and strikeout rate of almost 30% portended an inevitable backslide.

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