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Why the Cubs Final Home Game Is More Than Just the End of Wrigley Field’s Season

September 24, 2014 by Jason S. Parini · Leave a Comment 

When the final out is recorded on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, it's more than just the game ending. It's even more than just the Cubs' home season ending. It's the end of an era. There's no questioning the historic status of Wrigley Field. Heck, it's the only ballpark remaining at which Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth both played. It was the last ballpark to install permanent lights. You can walk in to where Babe Ruth called his shot, where Sam Snead smacked a golf ball off of the manually operated scoreboard and where thousands of baseball players made history. The Cubs ...

What It Would Take for Chicago Cubs to Land Jon Lester This Offseason

September 22, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · 1 Comment 

Jon Lester will be one of the most sought after free agents this offseason, and the Cubs figure to be right toward the top of the list of potential suitors. Based on his connections to the Cubs front office, he may feel more comfortable going there than some other options.  A key competitor for him will be the New York Yankees. As always, the Bronx Bombers will want to throw in their bid for a key free agent. However, based on their waiver claim for Cole Hamels, the Cubs have made it clear they're willing to pay big money for an ...

Chicago Cubs 2014 All-Prospect Team

September 17, 2014 by Jason S. Parini · 1 Comment 

Unfortunately for fans of the Chicago Cubs, it has become increasingly difficult to find many positive reviews about their 2014 season. Look no further, Cubs fans. Though the team at the major league level has been difficult to watch, the talent in the minor leagues is a promising sign of what may be to come in Chicago. From Kris Bryant's stellar season in the high minors to the Cubs' Single-A affiliate Kane County Cougars winning the Midwest League Championship, there are many positive signs in the young Cubs organization. Perhaps the most important aspect of the Cubs' minor league success is the variety of ...

Final 2014 Rankings of Chicago Cubs’ Top 10 Prospects

September 16, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs entered the 2014 season with a very strong farm system and somehow ended the year with an even stronger one. Several key prospects have found their way to the major leagues this season, but a lot of top-level talent still remains in the farm system. For the sake of argument, no player that has been called up by the team this season will be included as a top prospect, even though a few late call-ups and September call-ups like Jorge Soler and Arodys Vizcaino would've made this list. Based on their performance this season and how they project ...

Kris Bryant’s Call-Up ‘Snub’ Highlights Big Flaw in MLB Roster Rules

September 11, 2014 by Mike Rosenbaum · Leave a Comment 

Kris Bryant was recently named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year, and it would be shocking if the 22-year-old didn't sweep the award across all major outlets. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Bryant put up monster numbers in his first full professional season, leading the minor leagues in home runs (43), slugging percentage (.661), OPS (1.098) and wOBA (.472). He also ranked second in runs (118) and fourth in RBI (110). Overall, he batted .325 with a .438 on-base percentage in 594 plate appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. But despite the video game numbers, the ...

Predicting the Chicago Cubs Opening Day Roster in 2015

September 9, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs took clear steps forward this season and have built up momentum moving into 2015. When they get some more prospects at the big league level and some top line pitching in free agency, this team could compete.  Several things are still up in the air for next season, such as potential free-agent signings, but the future certainly looks bright. Based on indications the team has given and how their current roster has performed, here is the projected 25-man roster for the Cubs on Opening Day next season.Begin Slideshow

Chris Pratt Botches First Pitch and ‘Take Me out to the Ballgame’ at Cubs Game

September 8, 2014 by Dan Carson · Leave a Comment 

Chris Pratt can do no wrong. Much like Jennifer Lawrence or the Pope, Pratt is an infallible being incapable of ruining anything. He is quirky, yet relatable and charming. He gets a free pass all the time, every time. It’s best to reiterate this part of Pratt’s persona before discussing his afternoon at Wrigley Field on Sunday, which included a botched first pitch and a tumble through the seventh inning stretch. It wasn’t the Parks and Recreation actor’s most dazzling outing, but it was certainly his most Pratt-ish to date. It all started with the ceremonial first pitch. MLB Fan Cave crafted a ...

Why the Chicago Cubs Could Be Legitimate Contenders by 2016

September 4, 2014 by Jason S. Parini · Leave a Comment 

Just a year before the Chicago Cubs' infamous collapse after coming within five outs of a trip to the World Series, the Lovable Losers on the North Side were pitiful. Awful. Humiliating. Disgraceful. Whatever you want to call it, they were bad. The 2002 Cubs became the third team in four seasons to lose 95 or more games en route to setting the franchise record for the most strikeouts in a season.  Perhaps history could repeat itself. Well, not exactly how it happened, please. Cubs fans couldn't handle another Steve Bartman-filled, Alex Gonzalez-bobbling collapse from the playoffs. However, the Cubs have lost 90 or more ...

Chicago Cubs: Full Scouting Report for Every September Call-Up

September 3, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

The future is bright in Chicago, and Cubs fans have gotten a glimpse of that with the call-ups of Javier Baez and Jorge Soler in the past month. There are a couple other players fans will get to see play this September who fit into the team's future plans. Whether they're players who already have major league experience or players making their major league debuts, there are people to watch this month. The Cubs called up seven players in total, and each should get considerable playing time. Provided are stats from this season as well as analysis of their abilities and ...

Starlin Castro Injury: Updates on Cubs Star’s Ankle and Return

September 3, 2014 by Matt Fitzgerald · Leave a Comment 

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3 Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM passes along the latest on Starlin Castro's injury: The Cubs' official Twitter feed previously provided an update on Castro: Original Text Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro exited Tuesday's game against the National League Central division rival Milwaukee Brewers with an ankle injury. CSNChicago.com's Patrick Mooney provided the details on Castro's condition: A slide into home was to blame for Castro's injury, and now the Cubs are without one of their premier young players for the foreseeable future. At least there is hardly any incentive to press Castro back into action, because the Cubs are nowhere near playoff ...

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