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  • Cubs' Rizzo calls for urgency from teammates in 2019

    The Score "Since winning the World Series in 2016, and ending a century-old drought in the process, the Chicago Cubs have been bounced from the last two postseasons in the NLCS and wild-card game, respectively. First baseman Anthony Rizzo is feeling the pressure to return to the World Series as..." February 23

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • How Joe Maddon plans to tweak the Cubs' lineup situation in 2019

    NBC Sports Chicago "Did you really think the Cubs would have a set, stable lineup in 2019? That's cute.  It's not going to happen. Maybe someday, but not this year and probably not next season, either. There's no one person to blame for it. Joe Maddon doesn't want..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • What’s Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish got left? Almost 80 mph, that’s what

    Chicago Sun-Times "Two sides to everything? Just look at Yu Darvish. No, really, look at Yu Darvish. On any given day between Darvish’s assigned bullpen work or starts — spring or summer — a keen observer might notice the strange, wrong way he’s throwing the..." February 21

  • Cubs' millennial players are digging Joe Maddon's 'very groovy' message

    Chicago Tribune "Joe Maddon’s quest to communicate with his millennial players was off to a fine start less than two weeks into Cubs camp. “Very groovy,” Maddon said after Wednesday’s workout. I think Maddon meant “on fleek,” though I..." February 21

  • Cubs Reliever Role Call – at Least Until Morrow Returns

    NBC Sports Chicago "Brandon Morrow won’t be back tomorrow. He won’t be back opening day. Probably more like the beginning of May. So what will Joe Maddon do? Well, it wasn’t like he didn’t deal with this last season. Morrow went down with an elbow injury and didn’t pitch after the..." February 20

  • Old $chool: Cubs banking big on traditional approach with aging starting staff

    Chicago Sun-Times "In an age of four-inning playoff starts and three-inning bullpen stars, the Cubs are keeping it old-school with their pitching approach in their efforts to return to late October this season. Emphasis on old. And school with a capital $. As other teams try new concepts such..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • John Henry admits Red Sox 'blew' Jon Lester negotiations in 2014

    NBC Sports Boston "Chris Sale’s impending free agency is reminiscent of the Red Sox situation with Jon Lester five years ago. Boston reportedly offered Lester a four-year deal worth $70 million before the 2014 season, but the team ended up trading their homegrown left-hander to the Athletics at..." February 19

  • Zero tolerance? Nope. Here's why a second chance for domestic abusers like Addison Russell is the best idea

    Chicago Tribune "When Cubs player Addison Russell stepped to the mic late last week in front of a room full of reporters, he stuck to a simple message: “I am accountable for my past actions,” a phrase he repeated more than once in the nearly 20-minute exchange. In some circles,..." February 19

  • Tom Ricketts says the Cubs don’t have any more money

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Cubs payroll has been a hot-button issue all winter.  The team spent big last winter on a free agent class led by Yu Darvish, then went out and won 95 games. But the Cubs were caught from behind by the Milwaukee Brewers and wound up at home on their couches — or..." February 18

  • Anthony Rizzo mocks media over Bryce Harper, Manny Machado reports

    Larry Brown Sports "Depending on who you ask, both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado may have been on the verge of signing massive free agent contracts weeks ago. Yet, the two sluggers remain unsigned, and Chicago Cubs superstar Anthony Rizzo is as baffled as anyone about all the inaccurate reporting. While..." February 18

  • Cubs partner with Muslim organizations in wake of emails

    ESPN "On the same day the Cubs announced a partnership with several Chicago area Muslim organizations, team owner Tom Ricketts expressed surprise over his father's association with racist and bigoted emails while continuing to distance his team from the controversy. "The emails..." February 18

  • Kris Bryant confirms he has recovered from shoulder problem

    Yardbarker "Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant spent a lot of 2018 hindered by a shoulder problem, but that is now behind him. Bryant said Monday that his shoulder is fully healthy and he is back to his normal swing after battling issues last season. " February 18

  • The Cubs Aren't Mad About the PECOTA Predictions, They're Actually Laughing About It

    The Big Lead "PECOTA, Baseball Prospectus’ projection arm, initially forecast an 82-80 season for the Chicago Cubs. This was then changed to 80-82, good for last place in the NL Central.  The Cubs have shown how little they care about the projections. And how little stock they put in..." February 18

  • Kris Bryant happy to clear the air with Yadier Molina over comments about St. Louis

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said he's more than happy to clear the air with Yadier Molina after offseason comments made by Bryant about the city of St. Louis raised the ire of the Cardinals' All-Star catcher. In a comedy sketch with former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster..." February 18

  • Cubs' Addison Russell addresses domestic abuse suspension, says he's accountable for his past actions

    USA Today "There were no tears. No cracks in his voice. No smile or laughter. Really, there was no signs of any emotion. Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell sat in front of about 30 reporters and camera crews Friday, and for 19 minutes, answered every question carefully, and..." February 16

  • Cubs pitcher Brad Brach gives strange account of free agency experience

    NBC Sports Chicago "Brad Brach wouldn't go so far as to use the word "collusion," but he had some very interesting comments about the current state of Major League Baseball's free agency process. The veteran reliever signed a one-year deal with the Cubs last month with an option..." February 16

  • Cubs vow there won't be a right-wing slant with their new TV network partnership with Sinclair

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs TV partnership with conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcasting has some fans concerned. Will we see pro-Trump pundits in the booth during the seventh-inning stretch or discussions on the need for the border wall while Anthony Rizzo is at the..." February 15

  • Where does Tyler Chatwood fit with 2019 Cubs? 'His abilities will answer the questions'

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Tyler Chatwood Conundrum has been hovering over the Cubs all winter. Where does he fit in on the 2019 pitching staff? If all the Cubs starters come out of spring training healthy, does that leave Chatwood in the bullpen? And if so, in what role? If a starting pitcher does get..." February 14

  • Jon Lester: ‘It sucks’ Bryce Harper, Manny Machado remain unsigned

    Sportress of Blogitude "The free-agency sagas of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado slog on with seemingly no end in sight, a baffling development with Spring Training set to get underway. Count Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester among a group including Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander that believes..." February 14

  • Cubs agree to terms with relief pitcher Xavier Cedeno

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs wasted little time filling an open spot on their 40-man roster Wednesday by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno. Cedeno, 32, posted a 2.43 ERA in 48 appearances with the White Sox and Brewers last season...." February 14

  • Brewers limiting ticket sales for Cubs games to Wisconsin residents

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers don’t want Miller Park filled with Chicago Cubs fans when their NL Central rivals come to town, and they’re taking steps to try to make that happen. The Brewers announced a presale for tickets to Cubs games open only to Wisconsin residents on..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • Cubs and Sinclair team up to launch regional sports network in 2020

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs are teaming with Sinclair Broadcast Group to launch a regional sports network in February 2020 that will become the exclusive television home of the Cubs. The Marquee Sports Network will air the full regular season schedule, expanded pregame and..." February 13

  • Epstein: Russell must meet 'extremely high standard' to play for Cubs again

    The Score "Addison Russell, who received a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, will be eligible to rejoin the Chicago Cubs by early May. But team president Theo Epstein may not welcome the shortstop back so readily. "We..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • ‘Pissed off’ Cubs ready to take 2018 frustration out on the field in new year

    Chicago Sun-Times "Pitchers and catchers report Tuesday for the Cubs – the team that has ached as much as any other in baseball since October to reach that moment. “The end of last season was a collective failure that we need to own,” team president Theo Epstein said, “which is a..." February 12

  • Cubs support Addison Russell’s second chance if he shows improvements

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs players said they stand by the front office’s decision to give Addison Russell a second chance after he was accused of physically and mentally abusing his ex-wife. “We’re human. He made a mistake,” reliever Pedro Strop said at Cubs Convention last month...." February 11

  • Confident and healthy Yu Darvish eager 'to do something for Chicago and the Cubs'

    Chicago Tribune "The mound that Yu Darvish stood atop Sunday felt like a cozy home. Entering his second season with the Cubs as he attempts to rebound from an injury-plagued 2018, Darvish said he felt a sense of comfort during a 45-pitch bullpen session. It’s a..." February 11

  • Bryant looks to reboot power swing in 2019

    MLB.com "All eyes will be on Kris Bryant this spring. Every swing within view on a practice field and every Cactus League plate appearance will be under the public microscope. For the Cubs, Bryant exists as the most critical component to correcting the offensive landslide that occurred last..." February 09

  • Cubs pitching prospects to keep an eye on in 2019

    NBC Sports Chicago ""It's something that keeps us up at night." That's how Cubs senior VP Jason McLeod summed up the state of the organization's pitching development while at the fan convention last month. Rob Zastryzny still stands as the most impactful..." February 08

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • Report: Cubs and Cardinals may take rivalry to London in 2020

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Cubs might be following the Bears' lead and playing overseas soon.  Friday morning, the Associated Press reported that two people familiar with the situation say that Major League Baseball is considering the Cubs and Cardinals as one of two matchups for its 2020..." February 08

  • Bryce Harper to Cubs? It's still unlikely, but here are 2 reasons for possible hope

    NBC Sports Chicago "Cubs pitcher and catchers report in a week and yet Bryce Harper still doesn't have a new team. That's not new information, of course, but it is a new normal. When the World Series ended 101 days ago, it sure didn't seem like we'd get to this point, with only..." February 07

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • Cubs have struck out with homegrown pitchers in recent years, but they're working to change that

    Chicago Tribune "Dylan Cease didn’t advance very far in the Cubs organization before they traded him to the White Sox. But he hasn’t forgotten the special care the Cubs gave him after his Tommy John surgery five years ago as he prepares to play a prominent in the Sox’s promising..." February 07

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Who is Joe Ricketts? And what is his connection to the Cubs?

    Chicago Tribune "The Ricketts family is back in the news. Splinter News on Monday obtained and published a series of emails appearing to show Joe Ricketts, the patriarch of the family that owns the Cubs, sharing and endorsing racist jokes and conspiracy theories. In..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • MLB says Joe Ricketts' racist emails are 'extremely offensive'

    The Score "Major League Baseball says the racist jokes in recently leaked emails from Joe Ricketts, the father of Chicago Cubs owner and chairman Tom Ricketts, are "extremely offensive" and "completely at odds" with the league's values and principles. "We are aware..." February 05

  • The 'reins are off' Cubs pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay after injury-shortened 2018

    NBC Sports Chicago "Adbert Alzolay may still wind up a frontline starting pitcher for the Cubs, but it's safe to say he won't realize that potential in 2019. Alzolay — who turns 24 in March — has fallen off top prospect lists after a forgettable 2018 campaign in which he posted a..." February 05

  • Cubs ownership patriarch Joe Ricketts ‘regrets’ racist emails leaked Monday

    Chicago Sun-Times "Leaked emails published Monday by the website SplinterNews.com revealed racist jokes and conspiracy theories spouted and/or shared by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, the patriarch of the Cubs’ family ownership. The revelations prompted statements from Joe Ricketts and son..." February 05

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • Cubs shoot down report of Bryce Harper meeting

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago Cubs remain a non-factor in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. Rumors began spreading across social media on Saturday that the Cubs quietly met with Harper on Friday, though even those rumors cautioned that no deal was anywhere near close. The rumors also turned out to be..." February 02

  • Cubs Sign Tony Barnette, Outright Ian Clarkin

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs added depth to their bullpen Friday by signing free-agent reliever Tony Barnette to a one-year contract. Barnette, 35, has a 3.50 ERA in 125 appearances with the Rangers (2016-18), including a 2.39 ERA and 0.911 WHIP in 22 appearances in 2018. He missed the second half of..." February 01