Today, we complete the third annual Sports Bank Cubs minor league All-Star roster by naming the starting outfield. We chose whom we consider the three most deserving outfielders regardless of position. Previously, we named pitchers; a catcher and first baseman; and a second baseman, shortstop and third baseman to our squad.Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Cubs are good again. They will be in the one game playoff, and very possibly the National League Division Series. This is a good thing. I am excited about it. However, I’m not excited about Cubs Playoffs Twitter.
As I wrote on May 29th, in my fourth annual vivisection of Chicago Blackhawks Playoffs Twitter:Follow paulmbanks
It is time to unveil the third annual Sports Bank Chicago Cubs minor league All-Star team. The Cubs minor league system was extraordinary this season, with its six affiliates combining for a record of 65 games above .500. So many worthy candidates, unfortunately, will be left off our team.Follow paulmbanks
Tonight, three members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team and NWSL playoff bound Chicago Red Stars: Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press will throw the first pitch and sing the 7th inning stretch at the Cubs game.
Christen Press was the woman of the match Saturday night as Chicago beat New York 2-0 Saturday night and gave themselves a significant boost in their battle for second place in the NSWL standings and the right to host a postseason semifinal on September 13.
They’ll take on USWNT hero Carli Lloyd and the Houston Dash Sunday at Toyota Park.Follow paulmbanks
Take a minute, actually take 1:08, so a minute and eight seconds to watch this! It’s a 2015 Chicago Cubs mash-up with the intro sequence from the 1980s prime time sitcom “Perfect Strangers.” As the series was set in Chicago and already features a Wrigley Field scene in the intro, this was a very natural transition.Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants might not be the fiercest of rivals, but when the two squads meet, the bizarre becomes normal and truth becomes stranger than fiction. With the Cubs starting a three-game series at San Francisco tonight, and the Giants trying to chase down the Cubs for a Wildcard berth, let’s revisit some of the most memorable moments in this rivalry.Follow paulmbanks
Whether to protect a player from the Rule 5 Draft is one of the most vexing questions facing major league general managers. Having previously discussed the top two tiers of Rule 5-eligible players in the upper levels of the Cubs system, today we profile five promising Rule 5-eligible Class A pitchers whom the Cubs could regret losing.Follow paulmbanks
Everything ’90s nostalgia is extremely hot right now. Yes, Hollywood has always lacked originality; and the entertainment industry has always regarded the American public to have a very short attention span, but these two ideas have been ramped up a notch with the “let’s reboot everything from the ’90s” craze.
Of course, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is very unique in that it was rebooted in it’s heyday. (So maybe they were ahead of the curve on this?) The movie “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with actress Kristy Swanson in the title role came five years before “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” the television series with Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy.
It also put her on the map.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
Today, we continue our Chicago Cubs Rule 5 Draft analysis. Previously, we identified the players most likely to be poached by other teams unless the Cubs protect these players by adding them to their 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.Follow paulmbanks