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Umpire Loses His Cool, Charges Mound to Confront Cubs’ Jon Lester

June 26, 2015 by Katie Richcreek · Leave a Comment 

Emotions were running high at Wrigley Field on Thursday when home plate umpire Andy Fletcher lost his cool, charging the mound to exchange words with Jon Lester.The Chicago Cubs pitcher had just issued a walk to A.J. Ellis in the second inning of the 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers when catcher David Ross had to chase Fletcher down and stand in his way.Chicago manager Joe Maddon eventually intervened and took over the confrontation, protecting his players from getting into it with an official.It's unclear what incited the incident, but according to the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales, Lester claimed to not have said ...

Bryant Becomes Cubs’ First 1st-Year Player with 10 Homers, 40 RBI by Break

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant reached 10 home runs and 42 RBI for the season with a big night against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, becoming the first player in franchise history to record 10 or more homers and 40 or more RBI before the All-Star break in his debut season, per MLB Stat of the Day. Entering Monday's game with eight homers and 39 RBI, the former No. 2 overall draft pick (2013) was not intimidated by a highly difficult matchup against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. After striking out in his first at-bat, Bryant hit a two-run homer in ...

Could Kris Bryant’s 1st Multi-HR Game Kick Off an Overdue Power Surge?

June 23, 2015 by Zachary D. Rymer · Leave a Comment 

Behold a question that I doubt anybody expected to be asked at any point in the 2015 season: Is Kris Bryant finally going to start hitting for power now? An unexpected question, indeed. But before we get to answering it, let's get to what's prompting it. On Monday night at Wrigley Field, Bryant had a pretty good game in the Chicago Cubs' 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and a pair of home runs, giving him the first multi-homer game of his career and pushing his season total to 10. The first was a two-run dinger in the ...

Kyle Schwarber’s Fast Start Should Not Change Cubs’ Plan

June 18, 2015 by Anthony Witrado · Leave a Comment 

Kyle Schwarber is doing exactly what a young baseball player’s bosses ask.  Through one full game, at least. Whether in spring training or during a surprise call-up during the season, Major League Baseball executives all say the same thing when it comes to prospects competing for a big league gig. They want the player to make their decisions difficult, meaning they want him to perform well enough that sending him back to the minor leagues becomes a challenge to sell. Schwarber is on his way to doing that after his head-turning major league “debut” Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians. A game after technically ...

Kyle Schwarber’s Promotion Will Offer Tease of Lethal Cubs Lineup to Come

June 16, 2015 by Zachary D. Rymer · Leave a Comment 

The following is not a recording: The Chicago Cubs are calling up an elite hitting prospect. That's been a hobby of theirs in 2015, as they tabbed Kris Bryant in late April and Addison Russell shortly after him. Now they're calling on Kyle Schwarber. And once he arrives, the Cubs will be offering a glimpse of something both wondrous and powerful: their future lineup. But first things first. The news that Schwarber, last year's No. 4 overall pick and a consensus top-100 prospect coming into 2015, is coming to The Show was leaked by Double-A Tennessee teammate Daniel Vogelbach and confirmed by Jesse Rogers ...

Rafael Soriano to Cubs: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

June 9, 2015 by Adam Wells · Leave a Comment 

Rafael Soriano, the well-traveled relief pitcher who has spent the last two years with the Washington Nationals, has reportedly found his home for 2015.  Soriano agreed to terms on a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs, the team announced Tuesday: Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reported the deal was worth $2 million if he pitches half the season, and had another $4 million in incentives.  Manager Joe Maddon recently discussed the reliever's skill set, according to Wittenmeyer: Me and Raffy have a really good relationship. I haven’t spoken to him. But I like the guy. He knows how to pitch. The thing I always ...

Javy Baez Injury: Updates on Cubs Prospect’s Finger and Return

June 8, 2015 by Adam Wells · Leave a Comment 

Javier Baez, the power-hitting infielder currently playing for the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A team, will miss a significant amount of time because of a fractured finger.  Continue for updates.  Baez May Miss 4-8 Weeks Sunday, June 7 According to ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers, Baez has been diagnosed with a fracture on his left ring finger, and initial speculation has him out for four to eight weeks: Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, citing tweets, wrote earlier in the day that Baez was taken out of the Iowa Cubs game in the seventh inning after sliding headfirst into second base and went to the local hospital for X-rays.  The Cubs sent ...

5 Under-the-Radar Players Chicago Cubs Could Nab at the Deadline

June 7, 2015 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

Everyone knows the big names who could be available this MLB trade deadline, such as Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto and Troy Tulowitzki. However, sometimes it's the smaller names who make the biggest difference at the deadline. While it's possible the Chicago Cubs could make a blockbuster trade, they may also complement a bigger trade with a set of smaller ones.  Here are five players the Cubs could have their eyes on when the trade deadline comes. Nabbing them won't make as many headlines as the big players available this trade deadline, but they could be just as important to the team's success ...

Jorge Soler Injury: Updates on Cubs OF’s Ankle and Return

June 3, 2015 by Adam Wells · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs will be without rookie outfielder Jorge Soler for the foreseeable future as he recovers from a sprained ankle suffered on June 1. He was placed on the disabled list on June 3 and is expected to be out two to three weeks.  Continue for updates.  Soler Thinks He'll be 'OK' After DL Stint Saturday, June 6 Soler said that he'll be in a walking boot for a few more days, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com. However, the outfielder thinks that he'll be OK after his time on the disabled list.  “I’m going to keep working hard to get back,” Soler said ...

Chicago Cubs Mock Draft: Last Minute Picks and Predictions

June 1, 2015 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

Since the new front-office regime of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over, the Cubs have drafted very well, especially in the early rounds. Players like Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber have been added just in the past two years alone and they will look to further improve the organization with June's draft. Whether they decide to go pitcher heavy or hitter heavy, the team is likely to target the players who fit into their short- and long-term plans. Here is a mock draft of the first four rounds and the players the Cubs may consider taking in each early round. A ...

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