A Backup Catcher’s Unique Path from Field to Front Office

January 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The weekend-long Cubs Convention wouldn't start until Friday, but Chicago Cubs fans were already on high alert at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago on Tuesday night. The former fan favorite was bundled up in an attempt to counter the freezing Chicago winter, but that didn't stop more than a few fans from recognizing and approaching him. Ryne Sandberg? Billy Williams? Fergie Jenkins? Nope. It was the Cubs' newest baseball operations assistant. "I don’t feel like I’m a recognizable person, you know. I mean, I was the backup catcher who hit .190 two years ago here," John Baker said. "But people were coming ...

Ryne Sandberg to Cubs as Special Ambassador: Latest Comments and Reaction

January 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ryne Sandberg is reportedly returning to the Chicago Cubs in 2016 to serve as a special ambassador, according to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score.    The 56-year-old Sandberg played 15 seasons for the Cubs from 1982-97 and was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.  According to CBS Chicago, the exact details of Sandberg's gig with the Cubs will "probably" be revealed during his scheduled appearance at this weekend's Cubs Convention at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.  Carrie Muskat of added the official announcement of Sandberg's hiring from the team will come this weekend. He's regarded as one of the greatest players in ...

Jake Arrieta, Cubs Would Both Benefit from Immediate Mega-Extension

January 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

If there’s a pitfall to success, it’s that sustaining it bears a financial burden. In baseball, almost universally, the teams that are most successful boast underpaid players that exceed the expectations of their contracts. Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, among Major League Baseball's most underpaid pitchers, epitomizes that paradigm. The right-handed Arrieta carried the Cubs through much of the second half of the season and ended his 2015 campaign with a major league-best 22 wins and a 1.77 ERA. The Cubs will eventually sign Arrieta to a lucrative, long-term deal. But when? Both sides would benefit from doing so right now. The Theo Epstein era in ...