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Hello fellow Cubs fans!

You may have noticed a few subtle changes to the site :D. It's going to take some time for some of the pages to be altered to fit in with the scheme, but either the content's author will have to do the work or I'll do it and coordinate with her/him if necessary. Bottom line is that each editor shouldn't try to do too much with their writings. I can create special classes for highlights or layouts that are often used. I can also set the editor up such that all embedded styling is automatically removed.

Please don't add any teaser breaks to new content. 

I was only able to test the responsiveness of the site with Apple hardware. If anyone is having issues with their mobile device, please send me the device name and the problem you're experiencing. You can get screen dimensions of your device .

I was also going to try and implement dynamic comments. I'll probably need some beta testers for that. If anyone has something they want added or modified, please contact me.

Go Cubbies!!!



Wow Groovy!


Very pretty.

Yeah, new site looks great!

Also, I've been very wrong on Haren so far. I didn't think he'd be great, but I expected him to be a lot better than this. Wada finally had a good start in AAA, so he may get a shot here and there in September after call-ups. I wouldn't even be surprised to see Maddon go with Haren to start a game and then pull him as soon as gets in trouble in throw in Wada who would bring a very different look, and then hope to get 6 out of both combined before moving to the pen. 

Also, Rodney, why not. It can't hurt. At some point one of these guys has to stick right? Even if Rodney or Soriano finds it for 10 days or 2 weeks it would be huge. It's crazy to think about how things would be if Ramirez were healthy and pitching like he did last year. 


I have received some feedback about display problems on a moble device.  I appreciate all feedback and look forward to resolving any issues that are discovered.

lastest firefox at home, latest IE at work...both on windows machines...looks sharp on both. the light-text-on-dark-background is an especially welcome change.

Site looks outstanding. I'm going to need to step up my commenting game to keep up.

Also looks and works great on the latest version of chrome.

Will Az Phil's Org. Depth Chart be included?

The depth chart is there, the font color and other embedded code makes it look empty. I can edit it so it's visible, but I wanted to check with Phil first.

The "Our Writers" page seems to be similar, the text is there but dark on dark in some places and with weird highlight in others. Should be an easy fix.  I really like the light on dark going on, a lot easier to read.

I believe this page is good for now. Next up is the depth chart. Hope to hear from AZ Phil about that

Nice job CTSteve! Wondering if AZ PHIL's health is ok? Its been a couple weeks since his last post. I hope so. All the best and GO CUBS!

He's been keeping a low profile, but he's around. (He signed in yesterday.)

I'm sorry, but I was looking for "The Cub Reporter" website? Wow -- very impressive stuff! This should add 5 mph to Haren's FB.

Maybe he'll hit 85 mph or so!

85 mph incoming. About 150 mph outgoing.

Koyie, Koyie!!!

dunno if you're taking suggestions, sorry if you're not...continuing... i'd like to see the 'NEW' tag on posts in a color aside from white, or something to make it stand out...something that would make it easier to see the new posts when you check a post with multiple 'NEW' designations in a thread and you have to scroll down through them.

Made the 'New' label more prominent. All comments now post via AJAX. Still working on dynamic posting.

thanks. that's a huge help for finding new posts.

I made a few small changes to Hope that works for everyone

Added a 'recent comments' block to the bottom of every 'story' page. Thought it might be helpful. Comments welcome

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  • Arizona Phil 12 min 20 sec ago (view)

    DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?). 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 55 min 25 sec ago (view)

    I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point


  • waveland 9 hours 41 min ago (view)

    really appreciate the years and years of your updates


  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 35 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS. 


  • bradsbeard 12 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Do you have any idea why Rivas and Strumpf weren't at the alternate site in South Bend? I thought Rivas especially showed enough in ST games to be viewed as a legitimate depth option, especially with the DH. 


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).   

    Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.   


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 56 min ago (view)

    I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option


  • bradsbeard 14 hours 1 min ago (view)

    I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose. 


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 2 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward. 

    BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021). 


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft). 

    Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could. 


  • crunch 14 hours 19 min ago (view)

    i am rooting for the cubs to retain schwarber.

    even though he's average on the best of days in LF (except his above average arm), i would like to see him and his work ethic remain in the cubs system...the homers from the left side of the plate are nice, too.


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 41 min ago (view)

    At least as things stand right now, Kris Bryant is your Cubs de facto 2021 Opening Day LF! (Of course we know he will be traded before then...). 

    Otherwise, minor league NRI outfielders Ian Miller, Michael Hermosillo, and Rafael Ortega will be competing for Opening Day OF slots, with a legit shot to win a job.

    Even Alfonso Rivas (who was hitting rockets from foul line to foul line at AZ Instructs) and/or Eddy Julio Martinez (who has had a very good winter in the Mexican Pacific League) might have a shot.  


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 44 min ago (view)

    I would think that both Colin Rea and Kyle Ryan must have signed contracts with minor league split salaries, otherwise I doubt very much that they would have been tendered. 


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 55 min ago (view)

    With Tepera non-tendered and Winkler, Ryan, and Rea signed, the Cubs 2021 Opening Day bullpen (right now) would appear to be Kimbrel (clearly not tradeable), Wick (virtual lock), Winkler (can't be optioned without his consent), Underwood (out of minor league options), and Maples (out of minor league options), and then three from amongst Adam, Norwood, Rea, Ryan, Stock, and Wieck (each of whom can be optioned back & forth to AAA as needed).


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 15 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed RHSP Colin Rea, LHRP Kyle Ryan, and RHRP Dan Winkler to 2021 MLB contracts (terms TBD) and tendered 2021 MLB contracts to all other unsigned players on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) except OF Albert Almora, OF-1B Jose Martinez, OF Kyle Schwarber, and RHRP Ryan Tepera.

    So Almora, J. Martinez, Schwarber, and Tepera are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs) without any salary restrictions.   

    The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 34 (six slots are open). 


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Keep in mind that as things stand right now the Cubs projected 2021 MLB payroll is almost $50M under the 2021 CBT threshold (which will be $210M), so they don't have to worry about contract AAV if they can sign a player to a multi-year deal with a low 2021 base salary and then substantially higher salaries post-2021 (when they should be able to generate their normal attendance-based revenues --.presuming CoViD-19 is no longer a problem by that time).