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Cubs minor leaguer Griggs suspended 50 games for drug test

NEW YORK (AP) Chicago Cubs pitcher Tanner Griggs has been suspended for the first 50 games of next season after a positive test for amphetamine under baseball's minor league drug program. A 21-year-old right-hander, Griggs was selected in the 12th round of the 2014 amateur draft. He was 1-1 with a 5.50 ERA in 14 relief appearances this year for Eugene of the Class A Northwest...
Via AP on Fox
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Sign Two Minor League Free-Agents

The Cubs have signed Rule 55 second-contract minor league free-agent RHSP Drew Rucinski(ex-LAA) and Rule 55 minor league 6YFA LHP Jeffry Antigua to 2016 minor league contracts. Both will be eligible for selection in next month's Rule 5 Draft.  Tags:  Cubs Minor League free-agents Jeffry Antigua Drew Rucinski
Via Cub Reporter
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bard Experiment- It Did Not Work

On a blog I wrote back in February 2012, I mentioned a Nick Cafardo column. It talks about the conversion of Red Sox hurler Daniel Bard from setup man to closer. I later wrote that the experiment may not work. It did not. Bard, a Texas native, was first notice at the University of North Carolina, where he led his team to the College World Series in 2006 In June 06 he was selected...
Via Fenway West
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Player Profile: Javier Baez

Position:  Shortstop, Third Base, Second Base 2015 Stats: 28 G (74 MiLB GP), .289/.325/.408, .268 TAv, 0.4 WARP, 1 HR, 4 R, 4 RBI (MLB stats only) Year in Review: This feels like the only reasonable place to start: For everything he endured in 2015—injury, heartache, and the assured internal struggle of watching his friends succeed at the highest level before he […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Add Four to 40-Man Roster

The Cubs selected the contracts of four minor league players today, adding 3B Jeimer Candelario, C Willson Contreras, RHSP Pierce Johnson, and 1B Dan Vogelbach to their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), and thus insuring that the foursome will not be eligible for selection in next month's Rule 5 Draft. RULE 5 DRAFT: Each MLB club is required to file its MLB Reserve List and the...
Via Cub Reporter
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta battled arm fatigue in the playoffs

Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta revealed that he was fatigued in the playoffs, after tossing 229 innings in the regular season, according to an ESPN report. Including his 19.2 playoff innings, the 29-year-old hurler threw 248.2 innings, which topped his career-high innings mark, set last year at 156.2.’s Jesse Rogers reported that Arrieta said: “I think that...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Greatest non-Cy Young seasons in history

Bryce Harper won the National League Most Valuable Player this season, and the vote was unanimous. Kris Bryant won the NL Rookie of the Year, and the vote was unanimous. Josh Donaldson‘s American League MVP victory wasn’t quite as clear-cut — 23 to seven over Mike Trout — and Dallas Keuchel‘s AL Cy Young even less so — 22 to eight over David Price. Still, most of the...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Building a Better Bullpen: Theo Epstein and Free Agent Relievers

In the early weeks of the offseason, with trade rumors galore and free-agent names like David Price and Jason Heyward being thrown around, it is a bit difficult to get excited about the Cubs’ offseason bullpen options. But—make no mistake—the Cubs do have interesting questions in the bullpen that they will have to answer. From […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs interested in reunion with Jeff Samardzija

The Chicago Cubs reached the National League Championship Series in 2015, a full year before they were even expected to be competitive. Now, armed with an incredibly young offensive core and a newly-minted Cy Young Award winner in Jake Arrieta, the Cubs are poised to be National League favorites heading into the 2016 season. With that in mind, Theo Epstein and his front office team...
Via Rumors and Rants
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester: Tunneling to Success

When you come up through the ranks as a young lefty starter, you learn about the importance of the changeup. By breaking away from the right-handed batter, that pitch offers the best way to neutralize the natural platoon advantage those hitters have against you. By the time you get to the big leagues, it’s part of your approach, like it or not. That’s why lefty starters throw...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Arrieta’s Cy Young seals his deal as Cubs greatest heist

For generations, the Chicago Cubs have been haunted by one particular trade that has been used to highlight the franchise’s overall ineptitude: the 1964 trade deadline deal that sent outfielder Lou Brock to the Cardinals for pitcher Ernie Broglio. In two-and-a half years as a Cub, Broglio went 7-19 with a 5.40 ERA before calling it quits at 30. In 16 years as a Cardinal, Brock...
Via Rumors and Rants
6 days ago  |  Discuss

OV Sesquiannual Facepalm 11.18.15: Cubs opening a hardware store

Cubs pulling in some serious hardware In a move that shocked no one outside a few BFIB and Edinson Volquez backers, Kris Bryant was the unanimous winner of the NL Rookie of the Year award. Joe Maddon won the Manager of the Year award, and the only disappointment was that he was live at his bar for the announcement rather than on the Cousin Eddie. Jake Arrieta goes for...
Via Obstructed View
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Chicago Cubs Analyst (Pitching Evaluation), Research & Development

Position: Chicago Cubs Analyst (Pitching Evaluation), Research & Development Location: Chicago Description: The Chicago Cubs are seeking an Analyst for the team’s Baseball Research and Development group. The role will focus primarily on using an analytical approach for the evaluation and projection of pitcher performance. The analyst will work closely with the R&D team...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Maddon believes Cubs' World Series drought will help recruit free agents

Sep 26, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) acknowledges the crowd before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports Matt Marton USA TODAY SportsThe Chicago Cubs are a club heading in the right direction after a 97-win season.Earning a trip to the National League Championship Series, along with...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Maddon, Bannister win MLB Manager of the Year awards

NEW YORK — Joe Maddon has won his third Manager of the Year award, earning his first in the National League after guiding the Chicago Cubs to their first postseason berth since 2008. Maddon got 18 first-place votes for 124 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in balloting announced Tuesday. Maddon becomes the seventh manager to win the award three times...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon Named NL Manager of the Year

Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs was named the National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Maddon left the Tampa Bay Rays to join the Cubs this season and guided them from a 73-89 record in 2014 to a 97-65 record in 2015, a 24 game improvement. Maddon garnered 18 first place votes, while Cardinals manager Mike Matheny got 9 votes and finished...
Via Mets Merized Online
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs announce plans to create own cable TV network

The Chicago Cubs want to branch out on their own. Having been part of the old Fox Sports Net Chicago and now, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the Cubs have shared cable channel space with the Blackhawks and White Sox. In cases of conflicts with the Blackhawks playoff run or during the summer with the White Sox, the Cubs often aren’t the Most Favored Nation having to move to an alternate...
Via Awful Announcing
10 days ago  |  Discuss

600 Chris Denorfia bobbleheads mysteriously left on doorstep

A group of roommates living in University City, San Diego, recently became the proud owners of 600 bobbleheads dolls depicting former Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia. Philip Jia, one of the home’s residents, told NBC 7 in San Diego that he called the police when he discovered the boxes, not knowing what they contained or if...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

20 Cubs Minor Leaguers Declared MLB Rule 55 Free-Agents

Twenty Cubs minor league players were declared MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agents at 5 PM (Eastern) this past Friday.  Among the more notable Cubs 6YFA are 2015 Cubs minor league strikeout leader RHSP Felix Pena, 2015 PCL Pitcher of the Year RHSP Carlos Pimentel, RHRP Starling Peralta, RHP (ex-OF) Jae-Hoon Ha, OF Pin-Chieh Chen, and RHRP Blake Parker.   Tags:  Cubs Minor...
Via Cub Reporter
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Haren officially announces retirement after Cubs’ defeat

After three All-Star appearances, 153 victories, and stints with eight different teams over a 13-year career, the time has finally come for veteran righty Dan Haren to hang up his cleats. The 35-year-old Haren officially announced his retirement with a fitting goodbye on Twitter after his Cubs were eliminated in the NLCS by the New...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

In loss, Chicago Cubs find fuel for a new frontier

The day after is always the worst. And that day after is even worse if it is the end of the latest – and perhaps greatest – shot at ending the most haunting dry spell in all of sports: the Chicago Cubs World Series draught. The Cubs’ 2015 came to an end on Wednesday evening at the hands of the newly crowned National League champion New York Mets. The Metropolitans made quick...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Young Cubs’ flaws exposed in Mets’ NLCS sweep

Alas, art did not imitate life. The Chicago Cubs were unable to win the World Series in 2015 and follow the plot line of “Back to the Future, Part II.” Instead, the New York Mets, also worthy of the Hollywood treatment, severely revised the script. As the North Siders cry over yet another season without a title (that’s 107 straight, if you’re counting at home), the gloom...
Via The Sports Daily
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs’ success not defined by postseason

The Chicago Cubs hired away Theo Epstein from the Red Sox in 2011. For their fans, the journey back to competitiveness and relevance has been a long and often frustrating one. But this year finally saw the plan start to come together. The Cubs won 97 games in the regular season, which was the third best record on baseball. It’s just unfortunate they had to find that success...
Via The Outside Corner
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kyle Schwarber hits historic home run in Game 3

In the first inning of Tuesday’s NLCS Game, the Mets took an early 1-0 lead, which may have gotten Cubs fans pretty anxious. But in the home half of the inning, Kyle Schwarber once again came to the rescue, launching a home run to tie the game. Calling it a home run might not be doing Schwarber’s long ball justice, however. No, it didn’t land on top of the right field video...
Via The Outside Corner
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Arrieta’s recent struggles likely due to fatigue, not pressure

Come November, when the votes for the Cy Young Award are tabulated, Jake Arrieta may very well obtain the majority of the first-place votes – and few would have an argument with that decision. Combining a stoic personality on the mound with a baffling array of pitches, the 29-year-old strung together an amazing second half performance that rendered him to something akin...
Via The Sports Daily
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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