Cubs Rumors & News

  • Kluber, Indians blank Cubs in World Series opener

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona saw Corey Kluber pitch like this before, and as usual, it meant a happy ending for Cleveland. Kluber threw six-plus stellar innings, and Cleveland's vaunted bullpen took it from there as the Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Tuesday in Game 1 of..." October 26

  • Report: Schwarber makes World Series roster, expected to DH in Game 1

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs appear to have a fascinating new addition to their postseason run, as several reports suggest that slugger Kyle Schwarber is likely to be activated for the World Series after missing the vast majority of the season due to torn knee ligaments. “All signs” are that he’ll be activated, Ken..." October 25

  • Petition calls for Bob Uecker to replace Joe Buck in Fox broadcast booth for Indians-Cubs World Series

    New York Daily News "Some people really want to bring “Major League” into this World Series. There was the push to get Charlie Sheen — aka Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn — to throw out the first pitch of Game 1 and now there’s a petition to bench Joe Buck and put Bob Uecker — aka Harry Doyle — behind the mike. This..." October 25

  • World Series opponents Lester, Francona have deep bond

    Today's Knuckleball "Terry Francona certainly knows who he wants to win in Game 1 of the World Series. After all, he is the Cleveland Indians manager. However, Francona admits it will be hard to separate his emotions completely when his American League champions meet the National League champion Chicago Cubs on..." October 25

  • Kyle Schwarber is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Hardball Talk "Kyle Schwarber made a quicker-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery and then, after an Arizona Fall League rehab assignment, was shuttled up to Cleveland for the World Series. But that’s not all he has done. Schwarber is now the latest ever Best Shape of His Life All-Star. Or so says Kris..." October 25

  • A History Of Misery: Cubs, Indians in World Series We've All Been Waiting For

    The Comeback "The narratives are all over the place. The Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948 and haven’t been there since 1997. The Cubs have an even longer history of non-relevance going back to their last World Series appearance in 1945 and last win in 1908. We know for sure that one of the two..." October 25

  • Jon Lester hosted party with Eddie Vedder after Cubs clinched pennant

    Larry Brown Sports "When the Chicago Cubs finally finished guzzling champagne and Budweiser in the clubhouse following their NLCS-clinching win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night, the party was just beginning. The afterparty, which was held at Jon Lester’s house, featured a very special guest. Eddie..." October 25

  • Chicago Cubs release World Series roster, Kyle Schwarber included "The Chicago Cubs have set their 25-man roster in advance of the start of the 112th World Series Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Kyle Schwarber, who blew out his knee at the beginning of this season, is also on the roster. Here is a look at the Chicago Cubs..." October 25

  • Chicago native Jason Kipnis thinks Steve Bartman deserves 1st pitch

    ESPN "Jason Kipnis was raised on Chicago's North Side, and like so many other kids, he grew up idolizing Ryne Sandberg, watching Sammy Sosa smash home runs and listening to Harry Caray. He bled Cubs blue. And he never once blamed Steve Bartman -- they went to the same high school, by the..." October 25

  • Chicago Cubs Should Activate Kyle Schwarber For World Series, Then Trade Him In Offseason "The Chicago Cubs are on one heck of a ride, and they would be wise to take young slugger Kyle Schwarber with them on the next phase. He should be activated for the World Series matchup with the Cleveland Indians. Perhaps Schwarber can become an important piece of Cubs history before potentially..." October 24

  • Epstein: Maddon almost became Red Sox manager in 2003

    Los Angeles Times "Chicago Manager Joe Maddon will have a chance to end baseball’s longest championship drought when he leads the Cubs, who haven’t won a title since 1908, into the World Series against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. The former Angels bench coach came very close to having a chance to end..." October 24

  • Jon Lester named Cubs' Game 1 starter

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Cleveland. The announcement will be made official at a Monday news conference at Progressive Field." October 24

  • Theo Epstein on sportswriters: “The life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely"

    Chicago Sun-Times "In 1993, a 19-year-old sportswriter for Yale’s student newspaper wrote that the school’s long-time football coach should be fired. Considering the coach had won 10 Ivy League titles, it caused a stir. But the Bulldogs were on their way to a 3-7 season, the coach was at the tail end of his career..." October 24

  • Alex Rodriguez credits Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein with Cubs’ turnaround

    Fox Sports "It was the summer of 2011. As I walked from the first-base dugout toward the batting cage behind the right-field wall, I stopped to take in the ivy. How could you not? The ivy was perfect and so obviously well cared for. It seemed like the only thing in Wrigley with growth potential. In those..." October 24

  • Dexter Fowler becomes first black Chicago Cub in World Series "One member of the Cubs is about to make World Series history. Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler will become the first black Chicago Cub to lead-off in Game 1 of the World Series. The last time the Cubs made it all the way, was two-years before Jackie Robinson integrated the major leagues." October 24

  • Kyle Schwarber fine after first action in Arizona Fall League

    Chicago Tribune "In his first action since undergoing left knee surgery early in the season, Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber went 0-for-3 with a walk Saturday night in the Arizona Fall League. Batting second and serving as the designated hitter for the Mesa Solar Sox, Schwarber grounded out twice, walked on a full..." October 24

  • Top 8 storylines for 2016 World Series

    Sportsnaut "Given how strange the year has been, it’s fitting that the 2016 World Series will feature the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. No two teams are currently experiencing longer championship droughts. In fact, no other team is terribly close. With the 2016 World Series fast approaching, what..." October 24

  • Cubs shut out Dodgers to advance to World Series

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for the customary white victory flag to be hoisted above the Wrigley Field scoreboard on Saturday night. But this banner featuring a large blue W celebrated a very special win, one 71 years in the making. The Chicago Cubs are going to their first World..." October 23

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts shows true class after losing to Cubs

    Fox Sports "Saturday night was a tough one for Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. His team got beat -- badly -- by the Chicago Cubs in Game 6 of the NLCS, which ended the Dodgers' season and sent the Cubs to the World Series. Roberts, who played for the 2004 Red Sox team that broke Boston's..." October 23

  • President Obama, noted White Sox fan, shows some love for the Cubs

    CBS Sports "While I don't think it's possible for anyone to be here and not already know this, we'll say it again for the purposes of being complete: The Chicago Cubs won Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night, meaning they beat the Dodgers four games to two and have moved on to their first World Series since..." October 23

  • Gordon: Jose Fernandez said Cubs, Indians had best lineups

    SI "Around an hour after the Cubs clinched their first pennant since 1945, sending them into the World Series to face the Indians, Marlins shortstop Dee Gordon shared a moving anecdote about his late teammate, Jose Fernandez. Gordon—who homered in his first at bat following Fernandez’s tragic death..." October 23

  • Dodgers' Anderson calls out beer-throwing Cubs fans

    New York Daily News " It’s been 71 years, but maybe Cubs fans are partying a little too hard. Los Angeles pitcher Brett Anderson alleged on Twitter that Chicago die-hards were tossing alcohol bottles towards the area where family members of Dodgers players sat at Wrigley Field as the Cubs were closing out Game 6." October 23

  • Ticket prices for the Cubs-Indians World Series are insane

    Fox Sports "You probably could've seen this coming, but World Series ticket prices are going to be very expensive this time around. With the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians going head-to-head in the Fall Classic, we're witnessing a matchup of two historically hard-luck franchises. The Indians haven't..." October 23

  • Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks’ 88 pitches were just about perfect

    Los Angeles Times "For 42,000 screaming people inside Wrigley Field, the many thousands in the engorged area and millions of Chicago Cubs fans worldwide, Game 6 of the 2016 National League Championship Series was the most important game the franchise had played in decades. For Kyle Hendricks, it was his 33rd..." October 23

  • What was happening the last time the Cubs won the World Series?

    Sportsnaut "After defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time since 1945. Should they defeat the Cleveland Indians, the Cubs will win their first World Series since 1908. That’s quite the drought. MLB’s other 15 “original franchises” have won at least..." October 23

  • Rizzo: I'm sleeping with final out baseball tonight

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo caught the final out of the NLCS, and it sounds like he has big plans for that baseball. After the Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night by the final of 5-0 to advance to their first World Series since 1945, Rizzo was interviewed on the..." October 23

  • Cubs' Javier Baez, Jon Lester share MVP honors in NLCS

    ESPN "Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and starting pitcher Jon Lester were named co-MVPs of the National League Championship Series after the team's 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night in Game 6 in Chicago. The Cubs won the series 4-2 to advance to their first World Series in..." October 23

  • The Cubs could use Kyle Schwarber as a DH in World Series

    Fox Sports "The Cubs have been adamant that Kyle Schwarber, their power-hitting catcher/outfielder will not play this season after tearing two ligaments in his knee in the Cubs' third game of the year. Make that: had been adamant. Schwarber is going to play, in the Arizona Fall League — he was added to..." October 22

  • Cubs' Kyle Schwarber headed to Arizona Fall League

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber is headed to the Arizona Fall League to continue his recovery from knee surgery, a source said Saturday. Schwarber, 23, is expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday night for the Mesa Solar Sox. Schwarber hasn't played in a game since tearing his medial..." October 22

  • Montero: Cubs 'starting to feel a little sexy at the plate'

    Los Angeles Times "Momentum can be fickle and fleeting in the postseason, where a game, a series and ultimately a season can turn on one pitch, one hit, one play. For the 2004 Boston Red Sox, it was the Dave Roberts’ stolen base that sparked a ninth-inning comeback against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the..." October 22

  • Maddon: Chicago 'buzzing' as Game 6 looms

    ESPN "We’ve been here before. Granted, it hasn’t been often. Only twice since 1945 have the Chicago Cubs been in position to advance to the World Series with just one more victory. In those two cases -- 1984 and 2003 -- they actually had a combined six chances to win one more game, yet they came up..." October 22

  • Cubs dump Dodgers, claw within a win of World Series

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- With the Chicago Cubs one win away from their first World Series in 71 years, Dexter Fowler waved off the big-picture narrative. "We've heard the history, but at the same time, we're trying to make history," Fowler said. Addison Russell homered for the second night in a..." October 21

  • Cubs pulled in nearly twice the ratings of Bears Thursday night

    Sportsnaut "The NFL is king. This is a known fact, right? Don’t tell that to the millions of people in Chicago who chose to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS, rather than tune in to the Thursday night Chicago Bears game against the Green Bay Packers. According..." October 21

  • Matt Szczur’s bat and underwear have brought the Cubs good luck

    The Comeback "Curses aren’t supposed to have any loopholes, the Cubs may have found one in the infamous Curse of the Billy Goat. Outfielder Matt Szczur isn’t on the Cubs NLCS roster but he has been the rallying cry for the team. Anthony Rizzo used his bat in Game 4 and helped him break out of a massive..." October 21

  • Kershaw: Hendricks is 'Greg Maddux of this generation'

    CSN Chicago "The best pitcher on the planet (besides Andrew Miller) compared Kyle Hendricks to the best pitcher of a generation. Clayton Kershaw will go up against Hendricks for the second time in the National League Championship Series in Game 6 Saturday at Wrigley Field and the Dodgers ace said he sees a..." October 21

  • Cubs clobber Dodgers, even NLCS

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- A bunt got the Chicago Cubs off and running as they ended a major slump in a rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell broke out of their skips by hitting home runs, and the Cubs pounded the Dodgers 10-2 at Dodger Stadium to even the..." October 20

  • Joe Maddon spent 90 minutes with tech support trying to get his iPad working

    The Comeback "There are few people more superstitious in the world than those involved with sports—specifically, baseball. This includes the likes of Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who has made his lineup all season on his iPad. Well, prior to Wednesday’s crucial NLCS Game Four between the Cubs and Los..." October 20

  • Ump Hernandez to Rizzo after apology, 'You’re good, bro'

    Fox Sports "In the top of the fifth inning of the Chicago Cubs-Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS Game 4 on Wednesday night, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo dropped his bat (his teammate's bat, actually) and began to walk toward first base on what he thought was ball four from reliever Pedro Baez. But Rizzo assumed..." October 20

  • Hill, Dodgers shut out Cubs for 2-1 NLCS lead

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Throw the Tuesday loss out with the trash, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "For me, it's about putting this one in the wastebasket, come back and play (Wednesday)," Maddon said. "It's one day at a time. I've preached that all season long." Yasmani Grandal and..." October 19

  • Cubs fan Bill Murray has a potential Game 7 conflict

    Sportsnaut "We have seen actor and comedian Bill Murray in the stands at Wrigley Field throughout the playoffs. Potentially the most famous Chicago Cubs diehard there is, Murray has made his presence known as his team looks to break a near 110-year drought without a World Series title. Unfortunately for..." October 19

  • Cubs being shut down in NLCS, and Joe Maddon has few options

    SI "An entirely different season begins tonight for the Cubs. For 168 games they sailed with the wind at their backs, never owning a losing record and never trailing another team except for one day out of the 198 since Opening Day, and that was way back on April 8, four games into the season. Tonight..." October 19

  • Maddon calls Urias' pickoff move 'balking 101' "The deceptive move that helped Dodgers rookie Julio Urias convert an MLB-leading six pickoffs during the regular season and another this postseason is one that Cubs manager Joe Maddon hopes will be closely monitored by the National League Championship Series umpiring crew. Urias starts Game 4 on..." October 19

  • Jason Heyward Benched Ahead of Game 3

    12 Up "Man, $184 million simply doesn't buy what it used to. It seems the Cubs' biggest offseason acquisition has completed his transition to platoon bat and ace defender before Game 3 of the NLCS Tuesday night. With floater-tossing lefty Rich Hill on the mound in Los Angeles, Heyward will sit in..." October 18

  • Ben Zobrist denies Dodgers' allegations of stealing signs

    Hardball Talk "As Craig wrote about on Monday afternoon, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal accused the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist of stealing signs during the NLCS. Grandal said, “We are literally paranoid when it comes to men on second and they are trying to get signs. We know who is getting the signs. We know what..." October 18

  • Dodgers catcher admits the Cubs are stealing signs: 'We know what they're doing'

    Fox Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal didn't have to worry too much in Game 2 of the NLCS, with Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen dominating the Chicago Cubs and allowing only one runner to reach second base, but he might in Game 3. That's because Grandal says the Cubs are stealing the..." October 18

  • How Theo Epstein built Cubs: 140 players, 37 trades, 80 signings and 85 departures

    Chicago Tribune "In October 2011, the Cubs agreed to a five-year contract with Theo Epstein, naming him the president of baseball operations. Epstein assembled a team, including GM Jed Hoyer, and went through the process of rebuilding Cubs baseball from the bottom up. The year after Epstein was hired, the Cubs..." October 18

  • Cubs' curse is alive and well at the Billy Goat Tavern

    Sporting News "Last October, I sat in The Bartman Seat. Seemed like the thing to do in Chicago’s first trip back to the NLCS since that fateful series against the Marlins in 2003. Of course, the actual action by lifelong Cubs fan Steve Bartman — accidentally preventing left fielder Moises Alou from catching..." October 18

  • Kershaw's pitching gem pulls Dodgers even with Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs had no answers for Clayton Kershaw and his dominating performance on Sunday. The Los Angeles left-handed ace produced a sparkling seven-inning outing as the Dodgers claimed a 1-0 victory at Wrigley Field to even the National League Championship Series at one game..." October 17

  • Dodgers catcher says Cubs were stealing signs in Game 2

    CBS Sports "Just in case you thought the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs couldn't get more tense -- and remember, the series is tied at 1-1 and heading out west -- then how about some gamesmanship talk? That's precisely what Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal introduced to the equation..." October 17

  • Dodgers deserve praise for canceling Chapman deal, but it may cost them

    Today's Knuckleball "Aroldis Chapman was a Dodger. He was, for a few minutes this winter, anyway. And Dodgers people, occasionally anyway, think about what might have been. But they’re not second guessing themselves. Not at all. Nor should they. While word going around has been that it was ownership who..." October 17