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Adam Greenberg and 3 Other Heartwarming Prospect Comeback Stories

September 30, 2012 by Mike Rosenbaum · Leave a Comment 

Sitting in my friend’s basement on July 9, 2005, watching the Chicago Cubs play the then-Florida Marlins on Sunday Night Baseball, what transpired at the end that uneventful game is something that's as vivid now as it was then. Promoted from Double-A Tennessee two days earlier, Adam Greenberg was called upon in the ninth inning to make his first big league at-bat. The left-hander dug in the box against southpaw Valerio de los Santos, ready to make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime experience.However, the moment quickly went from sheer excitement to horror, as Greenberg was struck in the back of ...

Is Theo Epstein Right to View Dale Sveum as the Long-Term Cubs Manager?

September 29, 2012 by Ian Casselberry · Leave a Comment 

Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein beat out his former team in one key acquisition last offseason when he hired Dale Sveum to be his manager.Sveum was reportedly the preferred choice of Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, but ownership (particularly team president Larry Lucchino) pushed to bring in Bobby Valentine. Valentine is on his way to getting fired after his first season in Boston, but Sveum looks like he'll be sticking around for a while with the Cubs. Epstein apparently views as him as a long-term solution to provide some stability in the dugout during his rebuilding project.But is Sveum ...

5 Pitchers Chicago Cubs Will Toss Money At as Part of Aggressive Offseason Plan

September 29, 2012 by Mark Miller · Leave a Comment 

It didn't necessarily come as a big surprise, but the Chicago Cubs endured their share of struggles once again in 2012, and while there may be no immediate fix, the team will be doing everything in their power to change the franchise's fortune.General manager Jed Hoyer has made it clear that the team will be active this winter, and while they'll no doubt kick the tires on some offensive options, adding top-line starting pitchers will key the team's successes in the future.Here are some potential options for the team as they look to pull themselves toward the top of the ...

Chicago Cubs: 5 Players to Watch Down the Stretch for 2013

September 27, 2012 by Eric Steitz · Leave a Comment 

For teams like the Chicago Cubs, this final stretch of the season is important for players who have something to play for. While this is an exciting time around the MLB with teams fighting for playoff spots and the World Series right around the corner, the Cubs are already focused on the 2013 season. The beloved Cubbies weren’t supposed to be contenders heading into this season, but a 59-96 record is hard to stomach for fans. Chicago has been near the cellar of the NL Central for the majority of the season. Fortunately, the division rival Houston Astros have the ...

Chicago Cubs: Who Has Been the MVP for the Chicago Cubs This Season?

September 25, 2012 by Jared Dwyer · Leave a Comment 

As insufferable as the 2012 season has been, one could argue that this past season has not been a total washout. In a season where the organization was transitioning not only in front office management, but also strategy, team philosophy and playing style, the Cubs have done as well as expected. The new front office was able to get a full view of where the organization stands in regards to the immediate and long-term futures of the club, and those players pertinent to those futures received some much needed MLB playing time.  If the “P” in MVP stood for “person” ...

Tour of Wrigleyville and Wrigley Field: Know Your Ballpark

September 24, 2012 by Don Julio · Leave a Comment 

Our next stop on our "Know Your Ballpark" tour was Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley Field TourWrigley is a true baseball fan's ballpark. We were fortunate enough to take the Wrigley Field tour with our guide John. Anyone can take the tour, and it's definitely a staple of baseball history. If you are ever in Chicago, it's a tour not to miss.  The Cubby BearAfter the ballpark tour we hit the surrounding town of Wrigleyville before the game. The Cubby Bear is right across the street from the red marquee and features tons of HDTVs to catch the game and ...

Why the Chicago Cubs Have a Strong Foundation to Build on

September 19, 2012 by Jared Dwyer · Leave a Comment 

There are many reasons, I believe, as to why the Cubs have a strong foundation to build their future upon. The most important of these has to do with the club’s baseball operations personnel. Jose Serra, Tim Wilken, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are those responsible for the Cubs’ bright future. Despite his pennant-less reign in Chicago as scouting director and then general manager, Jim Hendry did play a role in drafting many of the club’s top minor league prospects and young talent on the MLB roster.  As scouting director from 1996-2002, Jim Hendry did an at best mediocre job ...

Why Chicago Cubs Fans Should Expect Big Changes This Offseason

September 18, 2012 by Ian Casselberry · Leave a Comment 

Big things weren't expected from the Chicago Cubs this year. The 2012 season has been a rebuilding project.Patience is called for on the north side of Chicago as team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer implement their plan to improve the depth of pitching talent in the minor league system. But the major league product has to be improved as well. The Cubs committed to Starlin Castro as their shortstop with a seven-year, $60 million contract. Anthony Rizzo looks like a future star at first base, which has to be encouraging after his first stint in the majors with ...

Chicago Cubs: 3 Reasons Their Middle Infield Will Lead Them Back to Prominence

September 17, 2012 by Eric Steitz · Leave a Comment 

A solid middle infield goes a long way to bringing home a World Series ring. Whether it’s at shortstop or second base, the middle infield is crucial to a team’s success.  The New York Yankees have Derek Jeter. The Boston Red Sox have Dustin Pedroia. The Texas Rangers have Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler.  The Chicago Cubs have Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro. Castro is known more for his offense, while Barney is a record-setting defensive second baseman.  The Cubs will need to rely on their middle infield to get them back to prominence.  They have the pieces to do ...

Chicago Cubs 2013: 4 Suggestions on How to Right the Long-Sinking Ship

September 17, 2012 by Jack McDonald · Leave a Comment 

It's been 803 months since the Chicago Cubs' last World Series appearance.  In that time, they've tried every kind of roster imaginable.  They've had speedier teams, more powerful teams and teams based on solid pitching.  Of course, they've also tried to win without having any of those things, which, to be fair, IS thinking outside the box.  They even went outside the box manufacturer in the early 1960s by replacing the traditional manager with the College of Coaches.  Nothing has worked, and were it not for the wretched Houston Astros the Cubs would be worst team in the National League ...

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