Cubs Rumors & News

  • Padres CEO on Anthony Rizzo not getting suspended for hard slide: 'Pure BS'

    CBS Sports "ou are by now of course familiar with the Anthony Rizzo-Austin Hedges controversy. During Monday night's Padres-Cubs game at Wrigley (CHC 3, SD 2), Rizzo slid hard into Padres catcher Hedges during a play at the plate. Hedges held onto the ball, and Rizzo was called out. However, subsequent..." June 22

  • Wife of Cubs' Russell files for divorce, won't speak to MLB investigators

    TMZ "Chicago Cubs star Addison Russell's wife is filing for divorce ... just 2 weeks after the MLB opened a domestic violence investigation against the All-Star infielder. Melisa Russell had addressed the split on Instagram earlier this month ... hinting infidelity was the problem. Melisa's friend..." June 21

  • Padres manager explains why retaliation against Anthony Rizzo would have been ‘asinine’

    Fox Sports "Anthony Rizzo did more damage against the Padres in the Cubs’ 4-0 win on Tuesday. One night after his home-plate collision – which was deemed illegal by Major League Baseball – Rizzo homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Some wondered whether the Padres would plunk Rizzo in..." June 21

  • Anthony Rizzo won’t be disciplined for sliding into Austin Hedges

    Hardball Talk "Earlier, Craig wrote about Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo‘s slide into Padres catcher Austin Hedges last night, which violated Rule 7.13. Padres manager Andy Green called the slide “fairly egregious,” “disheartening,” and “a cheap shot.” There was a possibility that Rizzo could have received..." June 21

  • MLB tells Cubs, Padres that Anthony Rizzo collision violated rule

    Fox Sports "Padres manager Andy Green was correct to question the legality of Anthony Rizzo’s collision with catcher Austin Hedges in Monday night’s game between the Padres and Cubs. Major League Baseball, according to sources, informed both clubs Tuesday that Rizzo was in violation of Rule 7.13, which the..." June 20

  • Padres manager accuses Rizzo of 'cheap shot,' and Padres Radio Twitter refuses to stay classy, San Diego

    CSN Chicago "What at the time was a game-saving play ended up being mighty costly for the San Diego Padres on Monday night at Wrigley Field — and manager Andy Green was none too pleased. Green voiced his displeasure postgame with what he called a "cheap shot" executed by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in..." June 20

  • Cubs' Arrieta says past workload impacting performance

    CSN Chicago "Jake Arrieta is only 19 months removed from winning the National League Cy Young Award when he posted an absolutely ridiculous 0.75 ERA and 0.73 WHIP in 15 starts after the All-Star Break in 2015. It was the best stretch baseball has ever seen in its history. But since then, he's posted a..." June 19

  • Cubs' Anthony Rizzo gets on base for 5th straight time to start game

    ESPN "It's no longer a gimmick. The Chicago Cubs have a new leadoff hitter, as Anthony Rizzo got on base for the fifth consecutive time to start a game after doubling and scoring in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. The former middle-of-the-order top-five MVP candidate is now..." June 19

  • Add 'sweat' to the list of Cubs' recent woes

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and pitcher Jake Arrieta continue to exude a positive vibe despite an inconsistent season for both the pitcher and the team. How rough has it been for the former Cy Young winner? Including his 4⅔ innings pitched Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Arrieta..." June 18

  • Hand issue may sideline Cubs' Hendricks until after All-Star break

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks said he’s confident after a second MRI and examination on his injured hand that the pain will soon be completely gone and doesn’t expect it to be a recurring thing. But he’s no longer trying to predict timelines for his return, either, he said – and acknowledges that..." June 18

  • Eddie Butler's sleeves are too bright for the Cubs' Negro Leagues jerseys

    CBS Sports "Friday night in Pittsburgh, both the Pirates and Cubs are wearing throwback Negro Leagues uniforms as part of the annual Negro Leagues Heritage Game (GameTracker). The Cubs are wearing Leland Giants jerseys from the early 1900s. The Pirates are wearing Homestead Grays uniforms. There was one..." June 17

  • Cubs pitching coach: Arrieta playing through 'lingering' thumb problem

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio recently revealed that the skin problem starter Jake Arrieta has had around his pitching thumb goes back several months -- and has affected Arrieta's performance during that time. Arrieta will try to battle through the issue again on Saturday night as he..." June 17

  • Cubs place Ben Zobrist on the DL, recall Tommy La Stella

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs placed versatile Ben Zobrist on the 10-day disabled list Friday because of a sore left wrist and recalled infielder Tommy La Stella from Triple-A Iowa. Zobrist, 36, was placed on the DL retroactive to Tuesday. Zobrist was 5-for-49 since injuring his wrist on a swing against..." June 16

  • Cubs, Pirates to commemorate 'Negro Leagues Heritage Game' "When the Cubs and Pirates meet on Friday at PNC Park, they will celebrate the Pirates' annual "Negro Leagues Heritage Game." To mark the occasion, the Pirates will wear throwback uniforms honoring the Homestead Grays while the Cubs' uniforms will honor the Leland Giants. The Cubs' uniform..." June 16

  • Cubs draft Chris Singleton, son of Charleston shooting victim

    ESPN "Chris Singleton, whose mother was one of the victims in the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in 2015, was selected on Day 3 of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday, going with the final pick of the 19th round to the Chicago Cubs. Singleton just wrapped up his junior season at..." June 15

  • Maddon invites Mattingly to join All-Star coaching staff in Miami "Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who will manage the National League team in the All-Star Game next month, met with Major League Baseball officials on Wednesday to discuss the event, and he said he's invited Marlins skipper Don Mattingly to be on the coaching staff. Maddon said all of the Cubs'..." June 15

  • Rizzo: 'I'm statistically the greatest leadoff hitter of all time'

    CSN Chicago "Anthony Rizzo has kind of nailed this whole leadoff thing. The Cubs' slugging first baseman has thrived in his first two games as the team's unorthodox leadoff man, smacking leadoff homers in each of the last two games to go along with other offensive highlights. As he yelled in the dugout..." June 15

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • Cubs capitalizing on winning World Series by selling Wrigley Field ivy leaves for $200 each

    New York Daily News "Winning a championship often is all about the green, but this might be taking it too far. The Cubs are selling ivy leaves from the outfield wall at Wrigley Field from their historic first World Series season since 1908. And all for the low, low cost of just $200 per leaf (plus $15 for..." June 14

  • Joe Maddon doesn’t think trade is needed to spark the Cubs

    Sportsnaut "It’s safe to say that the Chicago Cubs are playing well below their potential. After Joe Maddon’s tenure in Chicago opened with seasons of 97 and 103 wins in 2015 and 2016, the Cubs sit at 32-32 in 2017. But via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Maddon isn’t looking for any upgrades..." June 14

  • Cubs continue to load up on pitching in draft

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs continued to load up on pitching in Tuesday's second day of the amateur draft. The Cubs selected pitchers Keegan Thompson of Auburn and Erich Uelmen of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo with their third and fourth round picks. The Cubs didn't shy away from Thompson, a senior who..." June 13

  • Cubs to bat Anthony Rizzo in leadoff spot against Mets

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series champions, but the “North Siders” haven’t been playing like it — that’s for sure. As a result of their recent struggles, the Cubs and manager Joe Maddon appear to be heading in yet another new direction with their lineup. On Tuesday afternoon, the..." June 13

  • Cubs' Addison Russell returns to Wrigley Field amid MLB probe

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was back in the clubhouse on Friday, one day after denying an accusation of domestic violence against his wife. Russell was not in the lineup for the Friday afternoon game against the Colorado Rockies but was available to play off the bench, if needed. He..." June 09

  • Cubs to take Luke Heimlich off draft board in response to sex offender news

    Yardbarker "A disturbing crime committed by Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich when he was a teenager has come to light, and that is resulting in some serious fallout for the draft prospect. Chicago Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said on Thursday that he thinks his team will remove Heimlich from their draft board in..." June 09

  • Cubs place Kyle Hendricks on 10-day DL with tendinitis in hand

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs placed last year's MLB ERA leader, Kyle Hendricks, on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday with right hand tendinitis. The Cubs were hopeful the righty will miss only one start. "Inflammation along the back of the tendon of his right middle finger on his hand," Cubs..." June 09

  • Russell calls domestic abuse allegations 'false and hurtful'

    Chicago Sun-Times "Addison Russell released a short statement Thursday regarding domestic violence allegations made against him on social media. “Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful,” said Russell. “For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no further comment.” Russell’s statement comes..." June 08

  • Major League Baseball to Investigate Domestic Violence Claim Against Addison Russell

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball will investigate claims of domestic violence made against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell in an Instagram post, a league official said Thursday morning. The post from Russell’s wife, Melisa which went up during last night’s Cubs game, has since been deleted but read..." June 08

  • Addison Russell blasted by wife Melisa on Instagram

    Larry Brown Sports "Addison Russell was about to face a world of problems after Wednesday’s game. The Chicago Cubs shortstop was blasted by his wife Melisa on Instagram. In her post, Melisa talked about “being cheated on” and hinted at a potential breakup. The best friend of Russell’s wife shared some explosive..." June 08

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Peter Gammons Walks Back His Bryce Harper-Cubs Comments and Admits He'll Probably Go to Yankees

    12 Up "​Bryce Harper-to-the-Cubs is so yesterday. ​ ​Just ask insider Peter Gammons, who is already walking back the comments he made on a Chicago-based radio station, during which he hinted that Harper would "prefer" to play for the North Siders. Apparently, they were misconstrued from the..." June 06

  • Report: Bryce Harper wants to play for Cubs

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryce Harper is still a year and a half away from free agency, but that isn’t going to stop the rumors from starting already. The latest, courtesy of Peter Gammons, is that Harper has his eyes on the Chicago Cubs. Gammons told 670 The Score’s Mully and Hanley that Harper liked the Cubs, but..." June 03

  • It finally happened: Jon Lester does the unthinkable, picks off a runner

    CSN Chicago "It finally happened. In the fifth inning of Saturday's Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley Field, Jon Lester did the unthinkable and picked off Tommy Pham at first base. After reaching base via a two-out walk, Pham took a huge lead at first." June 03

  • Anthony Rizzo uses Cubs' off day to share news of engagement on Twitter

    CBS Sports "Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has had a busy year. He made his third All-Star Game last July. He caught the final out in the World Series and won his first Gold Glove Award last November, On Thursday, however, Rizzo handed out a different piece of hardware. That's because, per his..." June 02

  • A closer look at what has really been wrong with the Cubs so far this season

    CBS Sports "The Cubs were able to pull off a nice comeback victory at home Friday afternoon over the rival Cardinals, 3-2. It snapped a six-game losing streak. Still, the Cubs are just 26-27 on the season, one in which many expected them to win around 100 games and repeat as World Series champion. At the..." June 02

  • Maddon hopes Schwarber finds form in 7-hole "Cubs manager Joe Maddon needed to find a way to get Kyle Schwarber back on track and revive his "Rizzo sandwich," so he made a few tweaks to the lineup Friday. Last year, the Cubs' main 2-3-4 combination was Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist, which Maddon dubbed his "Rizzo sandwich."..." June 02

  • Bryant reportedly not interested in talking contract extension with Cubs

    Fanrag Sports "It appears Kris Bryant didn’t counter anything the Chicago Cubs may have offered — if they did get to make an official offer — as a couple sources said they did. This development affirms an earlier report of Tom Verducci of MLB Network and Sports Illustrated. One Cubs person suggested the..." June 02

  • Joe Maddon: ‘There’s no magic potion’ to cure Cubs’ struggles

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Chicago Cubs return home presumably dejected following a disastrous West Coast road trip that saw the team drop six straight games. Mired in a prolonged slump that has seen the team lose seven of ten games, Cubs skipper Joe Maddon admitted it won’t be easy to simply reverse course. “There’s..." June 01

  • Boras goes to bat for Arrieta after up-and-down start

    Fanrag Sports "Agent Scott Boras thinks the coverage of Jake Arrieta has been too tough, with an exaggerated and unnecessary emphasis on a rising ERA and lowering velocity this year. He wants to put the emphasis on durability and dominance, consistency and postseason performance. After calling aside Chicago..." June 01

  • What’s Wrong with the Cubs?

    Fangraphs "It’s June 1st. The Cubs are supposed to be running away with the NL Central right now, like the Astros and Nationals are doing in their divisions. Instead, the defending champs are 25-27, in third place in the NL Central, and only a game up on the rebuilding Reds. For a team that was being..." June 01

  • Cubs' Jake Arrieta happy to see two teams 'getting after it'

    ESPN "Not everybody condemned Monday's Bryce Harper-Hunter Strickland fight. Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta thought it was "awesome." Appearing on 670 The Score in Chicago, Arrieta said Tuesday: "I don't think anybody is right or wrong. I thought it was awesome. Every once in a while, it's..." May 31

  • Kris Bryant: Cubs have 'no reason to worry' over 25-24 start

    ESPN "Cubs manager Joe Maddon is keeping calm while fans in Chicago might be "freaking out" over the team's 25-24 record as the calendar hits Memorial Day. After a weekend sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Maddon was asked what to tell a nervous fan base. "Please, go ahead and freak..." May 29

  • Scott Boras says Jake Arrieta still elite despite fastball velocity drop

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, pushed back on the notion Arrieta isn't an elite pitcher just because his fastball velocity has dropped this year, while also insisting it's way too small of a sample size to judge the free agent to be. "The question becomes what's..." May 28

  • Kyle Schwarber to start vs. righties only for now, Joe Maddon says

    ESPN "Until further notice, Chicago Cubs outfielder and World Series hero Kyle Schwarber is likely to start against right-handed pitchers only, according to manager Joe Maddon. Schwarber, who bats left-handed, is hitting .181 this season after going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Thursday's game..." May 27

  • Dodgers' Roberts: 'We're a better team' than Cubs this year

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday at Dodger Stadium and manager Dave Roberts still has last year’s National League Championship Series on his mind. The Cubs defeated the Dodgers in six games to win the pennant, and eventually went on to win the..." May 27

  • Ten MLB players not living up to the hype

    Yardbarker "Entering every season, many MLB players are hyped for various reasons. Some are youngsters finally coming up to the show. Others are stars coming off of an injury or a career year. Plenty of MLB players entered 2017 with loads of hype, and more than a few are not living up to it. So, who are..." May 25

  • Jason Heyward credits yoga, meditation for early-season rebound

    SI "Two weeks after he gave one of the most famous speeches in baseball history, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward departed for Arizona to try to put himself back together again. The best word to describe Heyward as a ballplayer was "broken." A .230 hitter during the regular season and a .104 hitter in..." May 24

  • Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year. Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. " May 24

  • David 'Grandpa' Ross awarded perfect score in DWTS finale "After an inspiring run that kept us all glued to our television sets or mobile devices every Monday, Cubs World Series hero David Ross made it to the "Dancing with the Stars" finale -- which will be broken up into two parts. (The voting lines are open now, by the way, and will close at 8 p.m. ET..." May 23

  • Maddon: 'We just haven't played our game yet' "Joe Maddon isn't fretting his team's slow start. It's just the opposite, actually. With Saturday's game postponed due to weather, the Cubs' manager took advantage of the off-day. His schedule consisted of some rest and relaxation, even though the downpour didn't quite materialize in the way it..." May 21

  • Brewers upset with Cubs after Saturday’s questionable rainout

    Larry Brown Sports "Only a few short hours before Saturday’s scheduled first pitch, the Chicago Cubs called to reschedule their game against the Milwaukee Brewers due to an unfavorable weather forecast. The postponement was granted, but then the rain stopped falling. In fact, it hardly sprinkled again for the..." May 21