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The Cub Reporter was established in July 2001 by Christian Ruzich, whose first post reflected on whether or not Jason Bere and Julian Tavarez could "keep this up all year." (They couldn't.) TCR has grown into one of the largest, independent Cubs sites on the net. Our unique team of writers doesn't let their 188+ combined seasons of heartache get in the way of offering fresh takes on all things Cub.

If you have any questions about the site or our writers, please send them a note through the contact form. Please direct any general inquiries to CT Steve.

Arizona Phil

Arizona Phil has been a Cubs fan since 1960...and a Cubs expert almost as long. TCR's resident minor league/roster/history/just-about-everything guru has been gracing the TCR front pages with his expertise since 2005. His one-of-a-kind eyewitness spring training reports almost make the offseason months bearable.

 

CubsfaninCA

CubsfaninCA had the unfortunate experience of first becoming a Cubs fan in 1969. That year set him up for decades of the disappointment of being hooked on the Cubbies. Although he's lived in California for most of his adult life, he has remained loyal to the Chicago teams and avoided becoming a Dodger or Angel fan like the plague. He recently completed his final stadium and has now seen a baseball game in all 30 major league stadiums. Wrigley is still the best.

CT Steve

 Long-time reader, heavy parachatter, and sometimes commenter, CT Steve became the TCR showrunner in May 2015, when Rob G finally came to his senses and stepped down after over a decade at the helm. Born in the southern 'burbs of Detroit--full disclosure: the Tigers are his secondary/AL team--he moved around the country for school, including a four-year stint in Chicago (1998-2002), when he got hooked on the Cubs. Excepting a 3-year stint/mid-life crisis in NYC, he has lived in CT since 2002, where he teaches and writes and schemes about how he can make it back to the Windy City for good.

 

 

Cubby Blue

Tim Souers is a Chicago art guy and a Cub Fan. Obviously that's a great subject to angst over. Or weep over. Or even experience joy over. He tries to make art that conveys what it feels like to be a Cubs Fan. Digital, watercolor, acrylics, whatever. One time it was his own pulled-out hair and some scotch tape. Bad loss that day. He thanks you for looking.

 

Cubnut

A lifelong Chicagoan, the author fell in love with the Cubs in the days of Santo, Kessinger, Beckert, and Banks and has never completely forgiven himself for it. Now in his mid 40s and on his 22nd manager, he continues to hope for the best, even though deep down, he knows better.

Dr. Joseph Hecht

Dr. Hecht grew up in walking distance of Wrigley Field and went to high school at Lane Tech just down Addison Street. An orthopedic surgeon who trained at University of Chicago and specializes in joint replacement but still has a large general ortho practice. When not thinking baseball, Dr. Hecht is the senior partner of Orthopedic Specialists of NW Indiana. He lives close enough to watch the boys in blue about 30 games a season...and can talk Cubs baseball for hours and hours.

Hero: Ernie (of course) and Homer (Double entendre? now all he needs is a single and triple for the cycle)...and he made sure his son (Ken) is a Cubs fan, proving it's a transmissible disease.

 

Michael Wellman

Mike is the author of Far From the Trees, a finalist in the 2009 Indie Book Awards, and STUBS: A Father’s Tickets to the Greatest Shows on Earth. His latest release, Versus the Demons, is historical fiction that begins with the first night game in the history of pro ball which happened in Des Moines, Mike's hometown, in 1930.  As a TCR correspondent he provides first-hand accounts on the I-Cubs. Born in Banks’ rookie year, he’s snared three BP balls ‘ballhawking’ on Waveland and Sheffield, and was once carried from Wrigley on a stretcher,something he expects will happen again when the World Series finally returns. His favorite ‘I was there’ Wrigley moment was the weekend in ’03 when the Cubs clinched on Saturday & Santo’s number 10 was retired on Sunday.

   

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  • I think the Cub Reporter should be politics free.
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    Build Bridges. Don't anyone dare pull out a trump card.

    Cubster 6 min 13 sec ago view
  • The Cub offense is in on the con.

    1-for-10 so far w/RISP.

    billybucks 10 min 40 sec ago view
  • swing and a miss.

    i'm gonna like...go stand over there. *points*

    crunch 11 min 19 sec ago view
  • This is all a long con by Arrieta to lull playoff opponents.

    Rob G. 15 min 2 sec ago view
  • the factual correction on your mistakes on your post that I barely bothered to read the first time because it had nothing to do with anything I wanted to talk about is indeed a sign of my degenerative brain condition. I appreciate the safety tip and will be looking into with extreme urgency now.

    Rob G. 37 min 46 sec ago view
  • it took you 4 posts to get to this?

    have you checked the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector?

    #droppingknowledge #savinglives

    crunch 1 hour 2 min ago view
  • Fwiw, Billy Hamilton's actual WAR numbers that relate to the ones that I posted for Mike Trout are:

    • 2014: 2.5
    • 2015: 1.0
    • 2016: 2.6

    But by all means #crunchsplain on the stupidity of WAR while exaggerating your points. I can't wait to read more.

    Rob G. 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • jacos 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • *stroking intensifies*

    crunch 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • #crunchsplaining

    Thanks for the awesome give and take today and for the 535 words you spilled filling in all the gaps that I woefully neglected. We're all a little wiser and better for it. I look forward to your play-by-play summary later in the comments.

    Rob G. 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • it was about a post comparing players based on WAR...and comparing WAR values of a CF to a slew of other players...a post that you made...and i made a comment...that talked about D weighting of WAR...and comparinging WAR values of a CF to a slew of other players...etc etc...

    hell, we didn't even get in deep. i didn't even involve UZR or FIP versions and their strengths/weaknesses...or position mandated "handicapping" in points...etc.

    let's not talk about that...cool, fine, awesome. context sucks. san dimas highschool football rules.

    *shrug*

    crunch 1 hour 25 min ago view
  • Ha

    jacos 1 hour 41 min ago view
  • Thanks for shining a light on this very important topic and steering it away from the frivolity that was the awesomenes of Mike Trout, but moreso on the foolishness of WAR as a metric to judge the value of center fielders. We're all a little wiser now and your contributions are invaluable to this community and to America's pastime. God Bless!

    Rob G. 2 hours 3 min ago view
  • so...what's chan-yong lim up to these days?

    http://www.thescore.com/mlb/news/1088746-korean-le...

    oh...

    crunch 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • yes, those hamilton WAR numbers are very reasonable. i'm on your side now based on that biting commentary and reasoning of why he's a 3.5-ish WAR player over a 600 PA season.

    those numbers are obviously well deserved and worthy of no scrutiny...none at all. no issue.

    CF D is rarer than a jon lester pickoff at 2nd...totally irreplaceable...no way in hell there's good D, low/no-hitting CF's in anyone's system that could do what hamilton is doing. guys like this don't exist...you get like, 2-3 at any given time in history.

    crunch 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • Please do not discuss War here. I think the Cub Reporter should be politics free.

    But yes, whether you support War or Peace...Mike Trout is ridiculously consistent and good.

    blockhead25 6 hours 7 min ago view