39 players on RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus one player on 60-DAY DL
25 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus three players on 15-DAY DL and 11 players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Felix Doubront
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
15-DAY DL: 3
Edwin Jackson, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
60-DAY DL: 1
James McDonald, P
Dallas Beeler, P
Junior Lake, OF
Mile Olt, INF
Blake Parker, P
* Zac Rosscup, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Brian Schlitter, P
Dan Straily, P
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
2015 Draft Pick Race
Updated through 8/31/14 - 25 games left for Cubs.
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in next year's draft on top of their regular pick.
Tom Ricketts and family will be introduced to Cubs fans everywhere in a press conference on Friday morning at 11am CST and probably a couple dozen TV and radio interviews. To help you get through the day, I suggest grabbing your favorite alcoholic beverage(bring a thermos if you're at work) and follow along with this drinking game I designed.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah and so forth. The Angel Fan Wife was kind enough to get me a Ryne Sandberg jersey, plus some wonderful Marquette gear, so I guess I ended up on the nice list. I would love to hear what Cubs goodies some of you received.
As for the current Cubbies, here's what a few of them unwrapped.
So I was approached a few weeks back to be part of a donation drive for an organization known as Donors Choose. You may have noticed it on the right sidebar. Since Kirk buttered me up by saying he's a regular reader of the site, I couldn't help but take kind to his cause.
So if you have any extra money left over that you were planning on spending on playoff tickets or World Series merchandise (sigh, slams forehead on desk), consider making a donation to a very worthwhile cause.
Years before most of the English-speaking world was convinced it could do a passable Harry Caray impression, Jim Volkman was a regular on Chicago radio and had established himself as the master Harry mimic.
Well, Harry (Jim) is back now, at 1908worldchampions.com, where he recently started a game-by-game commentary on the Cubs season, with assistance from two other great voices from the Cubs past, who, like Caray, happen to be dead: Jack Brickhouse and Lou Boudreau.
Wednesday night the Brewers won their 8th consecutive game, and the consensus is that the streak grew directly out of the dugout shoving match-turned-public apology involving Prince Fielder and Manny Parra. (Note to consensus: the fact that the Brewers have been playing the Nats and the Padres might also be a contributing factor.)
The Cubs have been doing just fine, thank you—7 consecutive road wins,11 victories in 14 games overall, maintaining a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL Central—but still, it's nice to know that we could conjure an 8-game run whenever we needed it simply by initiating a little Cub-on-Cub action.
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I barely saw any of the game and saw Holliday get beaned once and then the next time I happened to be taking a look he got some serious chin music. I'm glad to see pitchers push guys off the plate but I wish they'd not go quite so high. It seems more common around the league lately, although it could also be my imagination. Fangraphs probably has a chart for it somewhere.
the idea of lineup protection has been debunked so many times it's not worth finding the links. The players don't even believe it (look up Joey Votto thoughts). Or check Miguel Cabrera's numbers before and after Prince Fielder. About the only time a pitcher will attack a hitter in a different way is if a really fast runner is on first base, then you'll likely see a few more fastballs. And of course most of those guys don't get on enough, but by all means if you can get an Ellsbury or a Henderson in their prime, Cubs should go for it.