Joe Maddon gives an “interesting” description of his style


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Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon is right up there with Bruce Bochy as the best in the game. (That’s why the Cubs risked “tampering” infractions to go get him, right? I kid, I kid) FOX Sports Analyst Frank Thomas, no stranger to the Chicago baseball community, said before the season started that the addition of Maddon was worth another 12-20 wins to the Cubs.

How he’s turned around the club so quickly and so dramatically this season is a truly amazing feat. The Cubs are 65-48 this season, 17 over .500, while last year’s club was just 73-89.

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Six more potential Chicago Cubs Rule 5 Draft Prospects


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Today, we continue our analysis of the Rule 5 Draft on the Chicago Cubs.  In the first installment, we identified the players most likely to be poached by other teams unless the Cubs protect these players by adding them to the 40-man roster by November 20.

Just before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Cubs dealt Rule 5-eligible RHP prospect Ivan Pinyero, who had fashioned a 3.69 ERA in 19 starts for AA Tennessee and whom the Cubs might not have been able to protect, to the Miami Marlins for veteran RHP Dan Haren to help fortify their starting rotation.

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BOMB THREAT at Wrigley Field following Cubs win over Giants


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Following the Chicago Cubs 2-0 win over the San Francisco Giants today Wrigley Field was evacuated due to a bomb threat; yes a BOMB THREAT. Most press releases use the ALL CAPS font, and they’re very wrong in doing so. Most press releases are now newsworthy, but it goes without saying that this press release is very news worthy and is very worthy of an ALL CAPS font. The club evacuated Wrigley Field tonight.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart EVISCERATES Ryne Sandberg, Philly


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As we bid #JonVoyage tonight, we take a look back at some of the greatest sports moments he’s had on The Daily Show over the years. With Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Letterman and The Newsroom, I just have to ask the so-called establishment “Why must you take EVERY show that us wonkish media nerds LOVE this year?

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Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro: opposite career trajectories?


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Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo will always be compared to one another for as long as they are teammates on the Chicago Cubs. In the great tear down and then rebuild of the Theo Epstein regime, Castro and Rizzo have always been regarded to be the first two legitimate pieces. During the darkest days of the 2010s, when the Cubs were at their worst, it was always thought that Castro and Rizzo were the only two Cubs that would still be on the team if and when they win the title.

While many experts seem to think the Cubs are ahead of schedule in their rebuild, you have to be alarmed by the diverging paths Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are on now.

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“J. Peterman” from Seinfeld to MC Jon Lester fundraiser


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J. Peterman: “I’m reading the most fascinating article on the most fascinating people of the year… And, done.”

Yes, what you’ve clicked on is indeed the…ok, no it’s not. Not even close, but it’s still fun and worthwhile. Glad you came by. The real life J. Peterman company was founded in 1987 by entrepreneur John Peterman. From 1997-1998, the most popular show on television at the time, Seinfeld, parodied the owner and the company with goofy businessman, world adventurer and Elaine’s boss J. Peterman, played by John O’Hurley.

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VIDEO: Will Ferrell MLB documentary trailer released


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In a desperate attempt to appeal to youth culture and hipster culture, Major League Baseball has enlisted the help of superstar comedic actor Will Ferrell. “10 teams. 10 positions. One Will Ferrell.”
That’s the tagline for “Ferrell Takes the Field,” a comedic documentary premiering on HBO September 12th. Enjoy the video of the trailer after the jump:

Doppelgangers: Chicago Cubs as USWNT Players


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Like Jeff Winger on “Community” famously said: “What’s your favorite color? Because mine’s a three way tie between red, white and blue.” The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team are obviously America’s team right now, and deservedly do. The Chicago Cubs are/were America’s Team of sorts. At least in the time before national sports networks proliferated and exploded. Older readers can recall a time when there were only two teams that you could see on television coast to coast- the Cubs and the Atlanta Braves.

Anyway, it’s time for star spangled analogizing; with our annual World Cup simile column.

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Cal Ripken on the Chicago Cubs Shortstop accumulation


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At first glance, it may not make sense for a Major League Baseball organization to acquire excess talent at the same position. Why acquire a bunch of shortstops, only to then move them around to other positions later?

For an answer to this query, I asked the man who was perhaps the greatest shortstop to ever play the game, Cal Ripken Jr.

Under the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer regime, the Chicago Cubs have gravitated towards a concentration of the best overall talent in the infield; specifically, the shortstop position.

Current starting second baseman Addison Russell worked his way to the majors as an uber-prospect shortstop. The incumbent SS, Starlin Castro, was also a “can’t miss” six.

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Chicago Cubs and the Rule 5 Draft: Part One


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Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.  Former Cy Young Award Winner Johan Santana.  Former MVP Josh Hamilton.

What do these and at least two dozen other current or former All-Star players have in common?

They were selected in MLB’s Rule 5 Draft held every December.

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Kris Bryant is an All-Star OMG! OMG! OMG! I’M SO EXCITED!


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Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and first baseman Anthony Rizzo were named to the 2015 National League All-Star team today. Rizzo was elected to the National League team by way of player vote while Bryant was named to the club via National League Manager Bruce Bochy.

I know what many Cubs fans are saying today about Kris Bryant- “ZOMG! OMG! OMG!!!”

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VIDEO: Bob Costas RIPS Cubs Pedro Strop into ittle pieces


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Pedro Strop had a pretty awful outing in St. Louis last night. The Chicago Cubs Cubs reliever gave up a home run and then put two more guys on base for the next guy. His bad night led to MLB Network’s Bob Costas ABSOLUTELY TEARING HIM TO SHREDS!

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