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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Cubs call up Jorge Soler. “Hey everybody, we’re all gonna get laid!”


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It took until August, but now the Chicago Cubs are starting to put the steak behind the sizzle in their preseason marketing slogan. “It’s going to be the part of the century” is the mantra, and although it refers specifically to the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field, in general the idea encompasses Margaritaville at Clark and Addison.

Jorge Soler has been called up, and he will make his professional debut in Cincinnati tonight. The Soler eclipse follows us on the Javier Baez Beazsus craze. Indeed Cubs presenter Kelly Crull may truly be the hostess over “the party of the century.”

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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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