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  • It rains golf balls.

    Author: Old and Blue
    1 hour 51 min ago
  • I too am frightened and confused by this new development.

    Author: Charlie
    1 hour 54 min ago
  • hopefully a little less rain there

    Author: jacos
    2 hours 35 min ago
  • Mark Gonzales/Trib mentions that the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are a likely landing spot to replace Daytona.

    "According to a source, the Cubs could be looking to switch from Daytona to Myrtle Beach as their high-A affiliate."

    Myrtle Beach, SC is in the Carolina League, Southern division. This is compatible with what Arizona Phil has been predicting for some time now.

    http://www.milb.com/standings/index.jsp?lid=122&pe...

    Author: Cubster
    3 hours 51 min ago
  • I thought you liked managers to have big contracts...

    Author: The Joe
    11 hours 34 min ago
  • Castillo looked like he was gonna wrench Rizzo's back to hell coming out of the home plate scrum!

    Author: Carlito
    12 hours 1 min ago
  • Tony Four Sacks

    Author: jacos
    12 hours 2 min ago
  • The RIZZOmeter just went up to 10!!

    Boom!

    Author: Carlito
    12 hours 5 min ago
  • WELCOME BACK RIZZO!

    cubs win!

    Author: crunch
    12 hours 7 min ago
  • Everyday I pop out of bed and thank god for Luis Valbuena. He's like the Tony Gwynn of players who totally suck.

    Author: Carlito
    12 hours 48 min ago
  • I did some math and it turns out without Mike Olt's stats this year the league wide K numbers would have been right around average.

    Author: Carlito
    13 hours 17 min ago
  • Reds lineup is something...

    Hamilton, Negron, Frazier, Mesorasco, Y. Rodriguez, J. Bourgeois, R. Santiago, J. Elmore, A. Simon

    good day for Travis to find himself.

    Author: Rob G.
    14 hours 8 min ago
  • 13 through 6 for deGrom, 88 pitches

    Author: Rob G.
    14 hours 12 min ago
  • There's a very good chance he's in a caretaker role, I'll grant you that.

    Author: Old and Blue
    14 hours 24 min ago
  • 12 K through 5 for deGrom, 74 pitches so far...

    Author: Rob G.
    14 hours 27 min ago
  • I've been in that camp at times this year, but the more I think about it that's being pretty generous. Bosio has overseen the pitching every year and it's always great. Rizzo and Castro might have just been left alone and gravitated back to the mean, and they're underachieving for their run differential. I think he's gone by the serious playoff runs in 2016 2017 etc.

    Author: Carlito
    14 hours 42 min ago
  • twitter says it tied modern record with our pal Jim Deshaies, who did it in 1986 vs. Dodgers

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/HOU/HOU198609230.shtml

    Author: Rob G.
    14 hours 57 min ago
  • pitcher gets a single off him and then Yelich grounds out

    42 pitches through 3, 8 K's

     

    Author: Rob G.
    15 hours 7 min ago
  • first 8

    Author: Rob G.
    15 hours 10 min ago
  • Jacob deGrom with 7 K's...first 7 hitters.

    Author: Rob G.
    15 hours 11 min ago
  • Maybe the Xs and Os haven't been perfect, but overall the team has played good, sound fundamental baseball and he lorded over Rizzo and Castro getting back on track. That to me is a successful season.

    Author: Old and Blue
    15 hours 13 min ago
  • if this team is going to go through managers like tissues, at least they're not paying them millions of dollars.

    the multi-million dollar manager era seems to be over across almost all of MLB in recent years. it took long enough to happen.

    also, renteria has an annoying as hell quick hook with starting pitchers.

    Author: crunch
    17 hours 37 min ago
  • Article supposedly claims Renteria in game strategy has been questioned by people inside and outside the org, and that he has had daily freedom to make his own moves (if this article is to be believed) within certain guidelines regarding relief pitchers and some first year players:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/29871...

    Author: Carlito
    18 hours 49 min ago
  • Baez, Rizzo, Soler in lineup tonite
    Almost there

    Glad I waited until this Wed for my first game of the year
    Baby Maddux pitching too!

    Author: jacos
    19 hours 42 min ago
  • Bryant named by Cubs as Minor League Player of the Year, Tseng as pitcher

    Author: Rob G.
    20 hours 50 min ago
  • *hastily exits room to write first draft of Kris Bryant/Brandon Marshall fan-fic*

    Author: Charlie
    22 hours 23 min ago
  • I'm looking forward to your man crush on Kris Bryant officially becoming a threat to your man crush on Brandon Marshall.

    Author: Jackstraw
    23 hours 3 min ago
  • My man crush on Brandon Marshall has officially become a threat to my marriage.

    Author: Old and Blue
    1 day 11 hours ago
  • Cubs fans getting drunk? Is it opening day already?

    Author: The Joe
    1 day 11 hours ago
  • Well I assume everyone is out getting drunk because the Cubs were mathematically eliminated today. Condolences...

    Author: Carlito
    1 day 12 hours ago
  • Cubs loss with Red Sox and Astros wins puts Cubs back with the 6th pick

    Author: Rob G.
    1 day 14 hours ago
  • My single favorite thing about the 2014 Cubs was management's decision to bring him up and get his awkward adjustment phase out of the way this year damn the arbitration clock. It shows me that they are in fact serious about competing next year.

    Author: John Beasley
    1 day 17 hours ago
  • I thought he'd been walking more lately. He's been taking a lot of strikes, too. I really don't mind seeing Baez take called third strikes. I think he's studying. Could still be a very scary dude at the plate.

    Author: Old and Blue
    1 day 17 hours ago
  • I think whether Valbuena stays or goes depends on whether or not Olt stays. If Olt stays, Valbuena stays, so that Cpt Happy can sit Olt in favor of Valbuena whenever possible. If Olt goes, then Valbuena will be packaged with him in the trade. That's just one scenario, of course.

    Author: Old and Blue
    1 day 17 hours ago
  • Olt and Baez. It's a walk-off:

    http://youtu.be/iPYv0GFV_T8

    Author: Carlito
    1 day 19 hours ago
  • baez walks in the 1st...

    he's taken 7 walks in his past 11 games. he has 11 walks in 39 games overall (39th in progress).

    he went 13 games in a row without a walk before he got a walk 11 games ago.

    Author: crunch
    1 day 21 hours ago
  • VAL x 2 baby!!!! It's on!

    Author: Carlito
    1 day 21 hours ago
  • yeah, that 3-4-5 finally sunk in how awful it was shortly after i posted it. they need rizzo back badly...castro would be nice, too.

    it's think it's rather safe to assume val's only playing so much out of necessity and to get a good look at him as a bench/super-sub next season.

    Author: crunch
    1 day 22 hours ago
  • Alcantara cf Baez ss Coghlan lf Valbuena 3b Valaika 2b Olt 1b Szczur rf Baker c Turner p

    coghlan - valbuena - valaika as a 3/4/5...wow.

    also, fwiw...i dont see valbuena surviving the offseason without getting traded and i get the feeling valaika is being groomed for a valbuena-like role, only as a super-sub bench type rather than a starter.

    Author: crunch
    1 day 22 hours ago
  • This team has featured some of the weakest 3-5 hitters I've ever seen. Rizzo, Castro, Soler, and Bryant can't get back/here soon enough. Hell, add Ruggiano and Sweeney to that list.

    Author: Charlie
    1 day 22 hours ago
  • Sunday's Reverse MLB Standings...after ending a 7 game losing streak:

    1. Texas 56-92
    2. Rockies 59-89
    3. Arizona 60-88
    4. Minnesota 62-86
    5. Boston 65-84
    6. Houston 65-83
    7. Cubs 65-83
    8. White Sox 68-80
    9. San Diego 68-79
    10. Phillies 69-79

    edit: Thanks Rob, adjusted for Astros having a tiebreaker vs Cubs

    Author: Cubster
    1 day 23 hours ago
  • Paul Blackburn on Twitter: "Best group of guys I've every played with!!!"

    And all my former teammates can eat it! *muttering* Assholes.

    Author: Charlie
    1 day 23 hours ago
  • Astros ahead of Cubs on tiebreaker btw

    Author: Rob G.
    1 day 23 hours ago
  • I hope they offered him some sort of autographed merchandise--fans are not used to being told they have to give back souvenirs, especially kid fans.

    Author: Charlie
    1 day 23 hours ago
  • CCO reviews the Bruce Levine radio show interview with Chris Bosio. Bosio is pretty awesome.

    http://chicagocubsonline.com/archives/2014/09/chri...

    Bos clearly answers the question that Grimm and Neil Ramirez will be in the bullpen next year. The tone of the interview implies that Kyle Hendricks will basically take a spot in 2015 and Wada, not so much as he's looked at as an 18 out pitcher. He loves what Hector Rondon (Ronny) has accomplished. 2015 bullpen needs include another lefty and one more power arm (no mention, but I assume Arodys Vizcaiono or Armando Rivero will get looks for that spot). Wesley Wright is on a one yr deal, so it sounds like they may move on. Too bad that Rosscup has not looked that good in his call up.

    Because our bullpen, what we feel is getting better, has a chance to be a very powerful bullpen moving forward with [Hector] Rondon and [Pedro] Strop and Ramirez and Grimm, they want to keep those guys there, maybe add another piece so we don’t have to try to find an arm to replace Ramirez because arms like that are just not easy to find to put in to the seventh or eighth inning. What I mean by that is Grimm, Ramirez and Strop are all interchangeable parts that can pitch in that seventh or eighth and if [Hector] Rondon is down we can use Ramirez to close. Not a lot of clubs in baseball can do that. The clubs that you can find that can do that are the playoff teams. So we feel like right now our bullpen is pretty close to where we want it. If we can add one more legitimate lefty and another power arm we are really going to have something special.”

    on Rondon...

    Once we started to get the fastball command, tweaked his delivery a little bit, now we start seeing the results of velocity touching 97-98. Once we got the command we knew the slider would come and the shape of the slider and speed of the slider has gotten progressively better. He’s trusted it. We’ve got him to use it in weak counts 2-1, 1-0, counts where he can still have some flexibility and get back to a cutter or a heater, but becoming a pitcher as a closer not a dead-brain heaver as a closer. Rondon has run with this. He’s a smart kid. He’s a strong kid, but he wants it bad. He really does. Out of all my years as a pitching coach this is probably one of the most gratifying guys I’ve worked with because of how far he’s come.

    Author: Cubster
    2 days 17 min ago
  • Rose colored 3D

    Author: Carlito
    2 days 28 min ago
  • They wear 3D glasses when they watch the game tape.

    Author: Carlito
    2 days 29 min ago
  • “This week is [about] proving people wrong,” Briggs said, per Mark Potash of Suntimes.com. “A lot of people don't think we can stop the run. But when we turn the [game] tape on, it’s a very different outlook than what everybody else sees.”

    Do tell.

    Author: Old and Blue
    2 days 42 min ago
  • It's weird, almost, not having just the one prospect that we have to hope makes it. I guess one reason I am really hoping he does make it is I would love to see that crazy power harnessed on a regular basis. That guy dropped a changeup over the plate and it looked like it got shot out of a cannon.

    Author: Old and Blue
    2 days 53 min ago
  • Szczur's HR was thrown back onto the field. Snider threw the ball to a ball girl on the left field foul line, but instead of sending it along toward the dugout, she gave it to a kid. I'm bad with kids' ages, but he was maybe 8. He was with his mother. Then a security guard and a member of the ballpark staff came over and tried to get the ball to give to Szczur and offered the kid a different ball. The mother essentially shut down the whole situation, she said something that looked bitchy and those two went away. They were laughing about it, so I'm guessing she got pretty defensive about the situation. Finally, at the end of the half-inning, the third base ump walked up the line and basically told the kid to cough it up, which he finally did. They gave him another ball anyways.

    Author: John Beasley
    2 days 1 hour ago
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