Cubs Rumors & News

  • Cubs to interview Jim Hickey for pitching coach position "Former Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey will interview for the same position with the Cubs on Monday, sources confirmed to 670 The Score. Hickey left the Rays at the end of this past season after spending 11 years in Tampa Bay, the first eight working under Joe Maddon before the latter took over..." October 22

  • Cubs reportedly fire pitching coach Chris Bosio

    Sporting News "Just two days after the Cubs were eliminated from the postseason, the team has reportedly fired pitching coach Chris Bosio, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The 54-year-old Bosio, who pitched 11 seasons in the majors, joined the Cubs coaching staff in 2012 and had been widely hailed..." October 21

  • Cubs go quietly into winter, their reign as defending champs finally over

    CSN Chicago "The armchair psychology went like this: Force the Los Angeles Dodgers onto the plane, let them think about it during the long flight to the West Coast, get in their heads during Friday’s day off and feel all the momentum and pressure shift in this National League Championship Series. At least..." October 20

  • Joe Maddon ejected in eighth inning of NLCS Game 4 after umpires overturn a Wade Davis strikeout

    Hardball Talk "Cubs manager Joe Maddon was once again ejected from an NLCS game, this time in Game 4. In the top of the eighth inning, closer Wade Davis found himself in a bit of a pickle. He gave up a leadoff home run to Justin Turner, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 3-2. Davis then walked Yasiel Puig. He was able..." October 19

  • Jim Wolf admits missed call on Curtis Granderson foul tip

    Fanrag Sports "On Wednesday evening, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson found himself in the midst of quite the strange play. After originally being called out on strikes, Granderson was then sent back to the plate as it was determined that he actually foul tipped the previously called third..." October 19

  • Los Angeles transit account trolls Cubs fans for leaving game early

    Larry Brown Sports "Some Chicago Cubs fans were seen leaving Tuesday night’s Game 4 of the NLCS early, and one Los Angeles Twitter account made sure to let them hear about it. Metro Los Angeles, which is responsible for public transit in the city, trolled Cubs fans who left Game 4 early with the following..." October 18

  • Kris Bryant admits Cubs are ‘tired.’ Sadly, the whole world can tell

    Chicago Sun-Times "Rarely is the glass half-full with Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Two-thirds full? Sure. Three-fourths? Even better. Overflowing? What the heck, let’s party. It’s hard to see emptiness when everything’s-gonna-be-all-right is staring back at you. But everything isn’t going to be all right. Not this..." October 18

  • The Cubs are in desperate need of relief

    Hardball Talk "Tonight in Chicago Yu Darvish of the Dodgers will face off against Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs. If this were Game 1, we’d have a lot to say about the Dodgers’ trade deadline pickup and the Cubs’ budding ace. If this series continues on the way it’s been going, however, each of them will be..." October 17

  • Cubs need Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to produce or else their reign as defending World Series champs is over

    NBC Chicago "Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are the yin and yang of the Cubs lineup, the right- and left-handed forces that feed off each other, two huge building blocks for a World Series team, the smiling faces of the franchise, an ideal brand for social media and two friends close enough that Rizzo became a..." October 17

  • Joe Maddon: ‘Confidence issue’ causing Kris Bryant’s slump

    Sportsnaut "Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is not hitting well in the 2017 postseason. His manager, Joe Maddon, feels that his star’s slump is a matter of confidence. Whatever the cause, Bryant’s needs to snap out of it fast. In the NLDS victory over the Washington Nationals, Bryant slashed at..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Joe Maddon sounds off on second-guessers: 'Twitter doesn't count'

    USA Today "The day after his team's 4-1 walk-off loss against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, Cubs manager Joe Maddon still faced questions about his decision to go with John Lackey in the decisive ninth inning. Maddon explained after the game why he did not use closer..." October 17

  • Joe Maddon explains why he did not bring Wade Davis into Game 2

    Larry Brown Sports "Joe Maddon gave us one of the great head-scratching decisions of the postseason when he opted not to pitch Wade Davis during a tie game on Sunday and instead let John Lackey pitch in a critical situation, which backfired. Jon Lester started for the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS and went..." October 16

  • Mia Khalifa gets kicked out of Dodger Stadium during NLCS Game 1

    Yardbarker "Sports fan Mia Khalifa hit up Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, but she didn’t make it until the end of the game. It’s not surprising that Khalifa was there, given that her new show with co-star Gilbert Arenas, “Out of Bounds,” premieres on Monday. The show..." October 15

  • Cubs drop Wilson from NLCS roster, add Rondon

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs selected left-hander Jose Quintana as their Game 1 starter Saturday night and adjusted their 25-man roster for the National League Championship Series by adding reliever Hector Rondon and dropping left-hander Justin Wilson. Rondon could serve as insurance since closer Wade Davis threw..." October 14

  • Cubs opt to start Jose Quintana over John Lackey in Game 1

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs have opted to start left-hander Jose Quintana in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night, sources confirmed to ESPN's Jesse Rogers. The team also had been mulling the possibility of going with fifth starter John Lackey, who didn't pitch against the..." October 14

  • Cubs Game 1 starting pitcher still unnamed, but there are two possibilities

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers side of the equation when it comes to starting pitching is pretty easy. They set up the NLCS how they wanted and will have had four days off before Game 1 of the NLCS. They are, not surprisingly, going with the exact same order in the NLCS, so it's Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Yu..." October 14

  • The Chicago Cubs plane to Los Angeles got diverted

    Hardball Talk "Jon Morosi if MLB Network reports that the Chicago Cubs flight from Washington to Los Angeles was diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico due to an ill family member on board. The extent of the family member’s illness and who it was has not been reported, but the plane was still on the ground in New..." October 13

  • Las Vegas oddsmakers install Dodgers as heavy favorites over Cubs in NLCS

    Sporting News "The Dodgers have been installed as substantial favorites over the Cubs in the NLCS by Las Vegas bookmakers, priced at -200 odds at the Westgate SuperBook to advance to the World Series. That price means a $200 wager is required to make a $100 to profit on a winning bet. The Cubs are..." October 13

  • Who pitches Game 1 for Cubs? Jose Quintana? John Lackey?

    Chicago Tribune "No doubt a little bleary-eyed and worse for wear after celebrating their National League Division Series victory over the Nationals, the Cubs will hold a workout at Dodger Stadium on Friday. It is then manager Joe Maddon is expected to announce the Cubs’ starter against the Dodgers in Game 1 of..." October 13

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Wade Davis saves Cubs: ‘That’s a bad motherf----- right there’

    NBC Chicago "Wade Davis stood on the mound at Nationals Park and suddenly lunged forward – the way someone would throw up in a toilet – and smacked his glove against right hand three times. Davis never looks nervous or shows really any emotions, but the Cubs closer embraced catcher Willson Contreras, twirled..." October 13

  • Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. already planning trip to LA

    Sporting News "Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. is confident his team isn't just going to bounce back from its Game 4 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday at Wrigley Field, he's convinced the Cubs are going to punch their ticket to face the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. “I mean, it’s..." October 12

  • Dusty pulls a fast one and Nats likely will start Strasburg

    Chicago Sun-Times "Joe Maddon is sticking to his original plan. After Game 4 of the NLDS between the Cubs and Nationals at Wrigley Field was postponed one day due to rain, the Cubs released their lineup Wednesday morning which is identical to the batting order they released Tuesday. Javy Baez returned to the..." October 11

  • NLDS Game 4 between Cubs, Nationals delayed due to weather

    Chicago Tribune "The start of Tuesday's Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and Nationals at Wrigley Field will be delayed. Officials from Major League Baseball, the Cubs and Nationals will reconvene at 4:30 p.m. with the threat of rain looming. President Theo Epstein, general..." October 10

  • Cubs-Nationals Game 4 postponed until Wednesday

    USA Today "Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field was postponed by rain, and will be played at 4:08 ET on Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced. The decision will have significant ramifications regarding the Nationals' chances..." October 10

  • Man sues MLB, Cubs after going blind from foul liner to eye at Wrigley

    Chicago Sun-Times "A northwest suburban man who permanently lost sight in his left eye after he was hit by a line-drive foul ball in August at Wrigley Field is suing Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs, his attorneys said. John “Jay” Loos, 60, was sitting in a “seat close to the field” at the Cubs’ Aug. 29..." October 09

  • Unnamed Cubs scout puts official 2016 World Series ring up for auction

    Chicago Sun-Times "Well, that didn’t take long. Less than a year since the Cubs won the 2016 World Series, one of those coveted official rings has hit the secondary market. Opening bid: $1,908. Really. According to a listing from Leland’s Auctions, an unidentified scout has put his ring on the market. The..." October 09

  • Kris Bryant won't be the MVP this season, but his value to Cubs remains obvious

    Sporting News "Kris Bryant has been on a major run of award-collecting. He was the college baseball National Player of the Year in 2013, the Minor League Player of the Year in 2014, the National League Rookie of the Year in 2015, and the NL MVP in 2016. Bryant even topped his MVP season off by fielding the final..." October 06

  • After World Series, Cubs fans cautiously embrace winning tradition

    Chicago Tribune "Dan O’Shea tries to tell his children that it hasn’t always been this easy being a Cubs fan. O’Shea, 49, of North Mayfair, grew up a second-generation fan, whose father tried to instill in him hope that the long-suffering club might one day hoist a World Series banner. But with losing season..." October 06

  • John Lackey, Justin Wilson on Cubs' NLDS roster; Hector Rondon out

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs' roster for the National League Division Series features pitchers John Lackey and Justin Wilson and outfielder Leonys Martin but not reliever Hector Rondon. The roster, released Friday morning, features 11 pitchers and 14 position players. Lackey will be used as a reliever..." October 06

  • Joe Maddon will again be under the microscope with Cubs back in playoff mode

    CSN Chicago "“Manager of the Year,” one player sarcastically said to another in the hallway as they passed a group of reporters walking into Joe Maddon’s office for a postgame press conference. The Cubs had just beaten the Milwaukee Brewers in an intense 10-inning game at Miller Park, where it already felt..." October 06

  • Hendricks to start Game 1 of NLDS for Cubs "Right-hander Kyle Hendricks is the scheduled starter for the Cubs against the Nationals in Friday's Game 1 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile, manager Joe Maddon said on Wednesday. Hendricks will be followed in order by left-handers Jon Lester and Jose Quintana, with..." October 04

  • Why Theo Epstein almost reached the breaking point and sold pieces off this Cubs team

    CSN Chicago "Divided, tone-deaf, gridlocked, the Cubs reflected Washington the last time they played at Nationals Park, where veteran catcher Miguel Montero went rogue during an epic postgame rant and the defending World Series champs kept stalling around the .500 mark. Team president Theo Epstein watched..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Kyle Hendricks is off to a better start to his career than Clayton Kershaw and Nolan Ryan

    CSN Chicago "While Cubdom determines if Kyle Hendricks should start Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, a Twitter user pointed out just how impactful the 27-year-old starting pitcher has been. After Hendricks tossed five shutout innings Thursday night in St...." September 30

  • John Lackey’s retirement announced in Jon Lester’s emotional tribute?

    Chicago Sun-Times "If this wasn’t a retirement party for John Lackey in the Cubs’ clubhouse Wednesday night, somebody forgot to tell an emotional Jon Lester, who addressed the team with a tribute to his closest friend in baseball – with what must have been a sting of champagne in his eyes. After calling Lackey..." September 29

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Jake Arrieta unsure if he’ll make final start of season

    Fanrag Sports "Chicago Cubs right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta is unsure if he’ll be able to make his final start of the season on Sunday, he told 670 the Score. Arrieta also said that he hasn’t “had the drive off” of his back side in regards to pitching with his hamstring issue. The veteran right-hander had a..." September 29

  • Heated players-only meeting helped turn around Cubs’ season

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago Cubs are NL Central champions for the second straight season, and one MLB analyst says a players-only meeting is to credit for the turnaround. The Cubs on Wednesday clinched the division with a 5-1 win over the Cardinals, which made them 89-69 on the season. That’s an impressive..." September 28

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Tommy Pham says he doesn't 'make enough money' to retaliate over HPB "Another footnote regarding hard feelings has been added to the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry. It was before this four-game set between the teams started in St. Louis that Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham took issue with Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist taking delight in Chicago possibly clinching..." September 27

  • Jon Lester isn’t a fan of the nachos guy from yesterday’s game

    Chicago Sun-Times "Just when it looked like the Cubs’ late-September lives couldn’t get any more charmed than they did in Milwaukee, get a tray load of what went down Monday at Busch Stadium. And don’t forget the extra cheese. The Cubs won 10-2 to eliminate the rival Cardinals and lower their magic number to..." September 26

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Maddon clarifies view on athlete protests: Everyone has 'right to express themselves'

    Chicago Tribune "Joe Maddon clarified a statement he made Saturday about the controversy pitting President Trump against protesting athletes, saying he was unaware of Trump’s reference to NFL players as "S.O.B.’s." “I had no idea what he said,” Maddon said Sunday before the Cubs-Brewers game at Miller Park. “I..." September 24

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18