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Chicago Cubs roster power rankings

With the offseason in full swing, it is a good time to consider Chicago’s current roster. The players towards the middle and bottom of the following list could be used as trade chips to acquire more talent for another postseason run. 1. Anthony Rizzo 1B Rizzo is Chicago’s leader and best player. He has recorded four consecutive 30+ homer seasons and three consecutive 100+ RBI years. 2. Kris Bryant 3B At his peak, Bryant can be even better than Rizzo, but poor clutch hitting (only a .237...

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Chicago Cubs set their 2018 coaching staff with Venable, Hickey

The Chicago Cubs coaching staff has been in a state of flux since the end of the season. Earlier this week, the Cubs finalized the last remaining open spots on their coaching staff. As expected, the Chicago Cubs officially named Jim Hickey as the new pitching coach. Hickey is coming over from Tampa Bay and […] Chicago Cubs set their 2018 coaching staff with Venable, Hickey - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs: Is Albert Almora Jr. going to be the everyday center fielder?

The uncertainty of the Chicago Cubs center field position has been a question this offseason. Could Albert Almora be the one to take over the role in 2018? The Chicago Cubs’ center field position has been quietly uncertain in the young offseason. The rumor mill has connected Jon Jay to the Mariners. When the Cubs […] Chicago Cubs: Is Albert Almora Jr. going to be the everyday center fielder? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Thomas Smith

Cubs Heroes and Goats 1984 Edition: Games 23-29

The Cubs return home for a seven game homestand.

After a 4-4 road trip, the Cubs returned home to host three National League West foes. The three from California who they also opened the season against. The Cubs opened the homestand two games out of first place. With the calendar turning to May, the offense was turned up a notch or two and after a few low scoring affairs on the road trip, this homestand will feature a few slugfests.

Game 23, May 4 - Cubs walk it off against the Padres 7-6...

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Chicago Cubs could have their hands full in the 2018 NL Central

Looking for a third-straight division title, several teams could give the Chicago Cubs a run for their money in the NL Central in 2018. In each of the last two seasons, the Chicago Cubs clinched playoff berths via a National League Central title. That marked their first back-to-back division crowns since 2007-2008. Prior to that? […] Chicago Cubs could have their hands full in the 2018 NL Central - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Black Friday Cubs Thoughts

I’ve been binging the Punisher series on Netflix with the wife (spoiler: it’s pretty good) and also procrastinating on grading, which means this weekend is going to be a bit nuts for me, mostly of my own doing.  It almost makes one want to be able to freeze time so all the zillions of things we need to get done can actually be completed, while also leaving time to relax like we really want to. Of course, just like most people in the world and MLB clubs like the Chicago Cubs, the...

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Cubs System Position-by-Position: Catcher Has Become a Strength

When Theo Epstein took over, the Cubs system was bereft of catchers. Six years later, it is now a position of strength at almost every level. This year saw two catchers promoted to Chicago and fill in at the major league level very admirably. Victor Caratini and Taylor Davis both provided support in a time of need. Although neither made the playoff roster, both helped the Cubs make the playoffs in one way or another. With Willson Contreras entrenched as the primary backstop and both Alex...

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Al Yellon

Cubs historical sleuthing: You make the call

Who’s in this photo and when was it taken?

Over the years, I’ve posted some historic Cubs photos I’ve come across and told you how I sleuthed out when and where they were taken.

Here’s a little different version of this game. In this case, I took the photo at the top of this post myself, so I already know the answers to those questions for this one.

So instead of describing how I figured out who was in the photo and where it was taken, I’m going to ask you. The “where” is...

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Chicago Cubs News: Giving thanks for the Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have given us many reasons to be thankful for the last few years. So hopefully, instead of complaining about the Cubs, you used the day to give thanks for how far the Cubs have come. It’s funny how we need to have a special day for giving thanks, even when we should […] Chicago Cubs News: Giving thanks for the Chicago Cubs - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Al Yellon

2017 Cubs victories revisited, April 19: Cubs 7, Brewers 4

This long, wet afternoon ended happily.

The Cubs waited out a rain delay before the game and then three and a half hours of baseball in chilly conditions before Addison Russell walked it off with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, after the Cubs entered the inning trailing 4-3. They were 8-7 after this win, in second place in the N.L. Central, trailing the Reds by one game.

Well now, that was certainly worth the entertainment dollar!

The Cubs again spotted the Brewers a...

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The Rundown: Grandpa’s Stories, Paint it Black Friday, Arrieta’s Feast-or-Famine Quandary

I hope you all had a pleasant Thanksgiving with your loved ones. I know I did.  Once the kids go off to college, you don’t take holidays for granted. I made the 108-mile trek up to Cedarburg, WI so my two girls and I could have dinner with their grandfather and as far as Thanksgivings go, this one was one of the best, despite it being our first holiday without their mother.  Grandpa has been around since 1930 and even though he’s got 87 years worth of stories — and though we’ve...

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Josh Timmers

MLB Bullets is a turkey

Twas the day after Thanksgiving and all through the house, not much was happening in baseball. But we did find a few things of interest.

I hope everyone is had a safe and happy Thanksgiving and if you’re one of those people who like to hit the malls for Black Friday, I hope you stay safe and find what you’re looking for.

In tribute to the holiday, Will Leitch has one thing for each team to be thankful for. Did you know that softball was invented on Thanksgiving in Chicago? Like most...

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Chicago Cubs: Bryan Shaw could be another name to keep an eye on

With the Chicago Cubs reloading the bullpen, will a 2016 World Series adversary become a Hot Stove target for the reigning NL Central champions? Down the stretch, Joe Maddon‘s Chicago Cubs badly lacked one thing: bullpen consistency. Of course, that wasn’t team’s only issue, but it loomed large as self-inflicted damage proved costly come the […] Chicago Cubs: Bryan Shaw could be another name to keep an eye on - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs,...

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Chicago Cubs have given us plenty to be thankful for on Thanksgiving

The Chicago Cubs have given us, the fans, more than we realize to be thankful for in the last few years – including that long-elusive World Series championship. At the end of the day, winning or losing, I’ll always be thankful for the Chicago Cubs. But in recent years, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts and Joe […] Chicago Cubs have given us plenty to be thankful for on Thanksgiving - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs News: Giving thanks for family, friends and Cubs baseball

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Cubbies Crib and it’s staff hope that you will enjoy today with family and friends. But just in case you can’t get enough, here is some Chicago Cubs news you might have missed from yesterday. The Chicago Cubs will have four players on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. They’ll be […] Chicago Cubs News: Giving thanks for family, friends and Cubs baseball - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Al Yellon

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for this year?

This won't be a typical BCB day as most of you will be spending the holiday with family and friends. Wherever you are, I hope you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving and don't eat too much... oh, who am I kidding? That's part of what this holiday is all about.

What do we as Cubs fans have to be thankful for? Plenty. We’ve got a team just one year removed from being a World Series champion, a team that had a good 2017 season even though it fell short of...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks holds the ball

Warren decommissioned, Thanksmas, the upper hand, and other bullets

Last time out, Cub Tracks shot the breeze instead of the piano player. Today is a turkey shoot instead of a funky chicken. Spatchcock that bird, Josh says. Don’t stuff it. Take the backbone out and put it on the grill. Or in the smoker, which is the best way unless you have a HUGE pair of tongs.

I must have seen that band a hundred times back in the day, when they’d open for the people that didn’t hire Head East....

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Chicago Cubs: Breaking down potential Ian Happ destinations

One potential Chicago Cubs’ player that could be traded is Ian Happ. We look at some of the possible destinations he could land–including the chance he stays in Chicago. It’s the MLB offseason, which means it’s time for outlandish rumors about trades. However, there is one Chicago Cubs player that may be on the trading […] Chicago Cubs: Breaking down potential Ian Happ destinations - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Where do Cubs go from here with Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis?

In the latest CubsTalk Podcast, Kelly Crull and David Kaplan look ahead to Thanksgiving and what's next for the Cubs with Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis.

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2017 Cubs victories revisited, April 18: Cubs 9, Brewers 7

The Cubs ended a losing streak with this win.

As was common in the first half of 2017, the Cubs struggled to find consistency. This win over the Brewers broke a four-game losing streak. Jon Jay’s two-run triple was the biggest blow in this win. It brought the Cubs back to .500 at 7-7 and they were in third place in the N.L. Central, two games out of first.

Around the third inning you could forgive any Cubs fan who wondered if their losing streak was going to start galloping away.

The Cubs...

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