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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 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.



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.



WISCGRAD began following the Cubs as a kid during the magical 1989 season and wrongly assumed that all seasons would be like that. After years of disappointment he found himself at rock bottom in 2006 while a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and began searching for other disillusioned souls on the internet. After stumbling upon The Cub Reporter he became a frequent commenter and then an occasional contributor of historical and analytical pieces that examine important baseball and Cub questions.

Recent comments

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  • I'm guessing 3/30 and all the two foot long hot dogs you can eat didn't work


  • Yes! In a 12-way tie for first!

  • Shit.

    Blew my prediction! I had them signing Zimmerman and trading for another arm.

  • Damn wanted Zimmermann

  • Yeah, this market. Remember when Ted Lilly signed a 4/$40m with the Cubs? It was like "Well, I guess if you can throw a ball, that's what the 3 and 4 starters are all getting." I'm glad I'm not a GM. Of course, they're spending our money...

  • in this market that seems like a decent deal relative to the market.

    given that d.price will probably get 30m-ish a year, 22m for 29yo zimm doesn't seem bad. i wouldn't complain about him suiting up for the cubs. one less option gone...

  • Zimmermann 5/$110m with Tigers. Youch.

    And the updated predications page: http://bit.ly/1NWlEek

  • Cubs 3B Christian Villanueva (who is out of minor league options) is hitting 358/464/500 for Obregon in the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), and is leading the LMP in OBP, is second in BAvg and walks, is seventh in SLG, and is tied for 8th in HR. He also has struck out only 16 times in 175 PA. 

  • CTSteve, thanks for spelling Zimmermann correctly. We don't need another first baseman.

  • The media has linked Cueto and the Cubs approximately zero times this winter. I'm thinking there's just not a lot of interest there on the Cubs' part. It seems unlikely.

    If the Cubs miss on Price, Grienke, and Zimmerman, they will aim for a mid-rotation starter via free agency or trade. However, I think this scenario also significantly boosts the odds that they extend Arrieta.

  • The Tigers are going after Zimmermann and the Red Sox will be throwing money at Price. Bringing Cueto back to the NL with the Cubs is looking like a serious possibility. Thoughts?

  • Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe in the financial impact to the Red Sox for not signing Jon Lester early in the free agent process:

    It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.

    The Red Sox botched up their negotiations with Lester in during spring training of 2014, making an initial offer of $70 million that was roughly $40 million short of what it should have been. Talks broke down and Lester was traded in July.

  • Wait...you're flip-flopping again?!

    Is this legal? What is the rule here on opining definitively and then changing your mind?

    I am not only surprised at your declaration, but Cutler's better 2015 showing. I don't get it - he went through Martz, Turner, Trestman, Kromer, and now Gase...and he is still here! And. he'll be here mext year too.

  • Happ signs w Jays

    Morsi saying Price won't be a Jay

  • needs more d.beeler and e.jokisch

  • As an Illinois tax payer I appreciate what they r doing