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MLB Team Needs 2014: Chicago Cubs

March 31, 2014 by Zachary D. Rymer · Leave a Comment 

Whenever a new baseball season arrives, there are only a couple teams you can look at and say, “Yeah, that’s not happening.” The Chicago Cubs are one of these teams heading into 2014. With 288 losses over the last three seasons and a rebuilding phase that’s still ongoing, it’s more than likely that 2014 will be another season that tests the patience of baseball’s longest-suffering fanbase. But just for kicks, let’s ask the question: What needs to happen for the Cubs to surprise everyone? MLB Lead Writer Zachary D. Rymer is here with a few thoughts on that. A surprise season is going ...

5 Reasons for Chicago Cubs Fans to Be Optimistic in 2014

March 29, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

Traditionally, Cubs fans don't have a lot to look forward to with each new season. At least that has been the case on the north side for several years now and fans surely want to find some solace in different aspects of this year's team. Unlike in the past few years, they can actually find a few things to give them comfort about the year to come and the next couple years of Cubs baseball. There are several aspects of the 2014 Cubs team that should give fans more to watch this season as well as more to watch for in ...

‘Wrigley Field Year by Year’ Gives in-Depth Account of Wrigley’s Rich History

March 28, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

There has never been a book that chronicled the entire history of a baseball park by the year. That is, not until now. Author Sam Pathy spent the last 25 years of his life researching for Wrigley Field Year by Year, spending between 10,000 and 12,000 hours on it. His passion for the project matches the passion that so many devoted Cubs fans have for the magical ballpark.  Along with a rich written history of the park, the book also uses pictures from every era, which add historical context to already famous events. In fact, most of the stories told in ...

Complete Chicago Cubs 2014 Season Preview

March 27, 2014 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

The 2014 MLB season could be another long one for Chicago Cubs fans, but there is also plenty of reason for optimism on the North Side with a fantastic farm system and an influx of high-end young talent making its way ever closer to Wrigley Field. As for the 2014 season, though, it could be another long one, as the offense looks subpar at best and the pitching staff is still a work in progress. A return to form for Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro would at least give the team a pair of stars to build around, but new manager ...

‘Before Wrigley Became Wrigley’ Is Fascinating Historical Tale

March 25, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

From the time Weeghman Park, the park that would eventually become Wrigley Field, opened and the time the Cubs played their first game there, two full years would pass. Even though Weeghman Park opened on April 23, 1914, it housed the Chicago Federals of the Federal League; the Cubs didn't play a game there until April 20, 1916. The unlikely story of how the Cubs became housed in what is now viewed as a baseball and national landmark is the subject of this book by The Sporting News writer Sean Deveney. As Wrigley Field celebrates its 100th birthday this season, it's only natural ...

Final Prediction for Chicago Cubs’ Key Spring Position Battles

March 22, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

While the Cubs don't have a whole lot of decisions to make this spring, there are still a couple of spring position battles that have played out over the course of the last month. Even though there's a small sample size for most players, the numbers for each player speak for themselves. How well they've passed the "eye test" and how their numbers stack up against each other is how each player will be judged.  While most spots on the roster were decided before this spring, there were a few positions and roles that were open for competition. Among them were ...

Which Cubs Have Been Most Impressive This Spring?

March 18, 2014 by Jason S. Parini · Leave a Comment 

Winter 2014 cannot end soon enough for Chicago Cubs fans, especially those living in the Chicagoland area. After enduring 96 losses in 2013, Cubs fans have had to endure 79 inches of snow so far this winter. That's right...there has been more snow than Cubs wins in Chicago. Thank goodness it's spring. Though not expected to be a legitimate contender until 2016, Cubs fans are already getting excited about the pool of promising prospects that the team is developing. Players such as Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant are expected to be the future of the team, and spring fever is in full ...

Most Disappointing Chicago Cubs Players in Spring Training So Far

March 15, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs' future is bright, but spring training has produced mixed results in 2014. They have seen performances they didn't expect on opposite ends of the spectrum. Some players have been better than expected, while others have flopped and lowered expectations.  Realistically, the Cubs will hope to be competing for a playoff spot in 2015, and some flashes they've seen from certain players this season have given them no reason to second-guess that timetable. However, a few performances by other players must have them worried about how quickly they hope to be competing.  In the end, it's only spring training, and ...

What Twitter is Saying About the Chicago Cubs’ Spring Training

March 13, 2014 by Joseph Sykes · Leave a Comment 

Theo Epstein’s Chicago Cubs have a long, tedious rebuilding year ahead of them and the fact that they are playing in one of the toughest divisions in baseball doesn’t help. However, the team has a bright future, as they currently have some of the top prospects in the majors. The Twitter world is abuzz about Cubs like Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, including pitchers as well and what they mean for the future of this World Series-starved club. Javier Baez, a 21-year-old shortstop out of Puerto Rico, is easily the most talented and most well-known name out of the Cubs' “Big Four” ...

Potential Trade Suitors for Chicago Cubs Outfielder Nate Schierholtz

March 11, 2014 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

While the bulk of the offseason wheeling and dealing takes place prior to the start of spring training, there are always at least a few trades that go down after preseason play starts, and it looks like Chicago Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz could be on the move. The Cubs signed the 30-year-old last offseason after he was non-tendered by the Philadelphia Phillies, and he went on to hit .251/.301/.470 with 32 doubles and 21 home runs over 462 at-bats last season. His named popped up in trade rumors at the deadline last year and at various times throughout the offseason, but he ...

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