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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've been pretty harsh with Lester here at various times but that's how it is when you pull in that kind of money, and besides, it's not like he reads my posts or would care what I have to say if he did read them for some reason. If I was him, the first thing out of my mouth would be, what level have you played this game at, pal?

    Anyway, he's really looked good lately, and overall his body of work turned out pretty good, too. I'm glad his worst struggles were in April. This is such an easy team to like that I even like the overpaid free agent.

  • Gordo's lede today:

    ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.

  • *checks pulse*

    *checks pulse again*


  • Who are you? Andy Rooney?

  • K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best. 

  • how did ej martinez go from asking for $10m, to supposedly mulling over $7m offers, to eventually signing for $3m?

    ...and what happened with him and the giants a few days ago?

  • Its not official until AZ Phil adds him to the Cubs Depth Chart!

  • Just freakin love it!

  • From Keith Law:

  • This from a Kiley McDaniel chat a couple weeks ago...

    "Comment From Wrenzie
    Who has more ceiling between Yusniel Diaz or Eddy Julio Martinez?

    Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."

  • "Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
    Arizona Phil 7 hours 23 min ago"

  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.