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Al Yellon Duane Pesice

Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks simulated game, Saturday 4/4, 3 p.m. CT

Jon Lester looks to make it two in a row over the visitors from Arizona.

The simCubs defeated the simDiamondbacks 3-2 in 12 innings Friday on a walkoff single by Anthony Rizzo that scored Kris Bryant, who had led off the 12th with a double. That improved the simCubs’ record to 5-2 for this young season. Here are highlights from Friday’s win:

Here are the N.L. Central standings through Friday’s games:

From time to time we’ll post the standings for the entire NL and AL.

Here at BCB,...

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Sara Sanchez

Sara’s Diary: Day 23 without baseball

A gray sky by a deserted Wrigley Field in March | Photo by Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Gray

I have a bit of a confession to make — getting out of bed was really hard this morning. I mean, while I’m in confession mode, I should just be really clear. It wasn’t morning, it was past noon and whatever motivation normally exists in the world to jump in and start off the day just wasn’t happening for me today at all.

I’m not sick. I’ve been getting more than enough sleep....

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How Ian Happ promotes mental health and other things to know about Cubs outfielder

It's kind of hard to believe 2020 is only Ian Happ's fourth season in the big leagues. The 25-year-old burst onto the scene with 24 home

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Best Chicago Cubs’ first baseman I’ve seen play in my lifetime

The All-Time greats that I’ve seen play first base for the Chicago Cubs. I took the first three seen I’ve seen than more than the others Chicago Cubs and the coronavirus, am I right?

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Tim Huwe

The Cubs and MLB offseason and why health information is so important

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A look at what happened this past winter and how teams could have known about the coming pandemic.

I'm not a fan of "waiting until later" to entirely assess a transaction. I wrote an article this off-season assessing the Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio trade. The deal made sense at the time. Brock and Billy Williams were primarily left fielders. The Cubs' coaches hadn't upgraded Brock's defense, and they relied on him to be a Williams-esque masher, which he...

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Al Yellon

Which historical Cubs game would you choose to see in person?

Charles Conlon

A thought exercise, with a twist.

First, credit where credit is due. I stole this idea from Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports, who posted Friday on this topic. Craig asked readers to choose any historical game they’d like to see in person if they could go back by time machine and do so. The only condition:

Well, since we’re assuming the existence of time machines let’s set an additional fantastical ground rule: once you step into the time machine, any specific personal...

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Beyond the Ivy: Ian Happ

We look at Ian Happs off the diamond life in todays edition of Beyond the Ivy.

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Kyle Hendricks, his changeup and his ascension to ace

Riding one of the best changeups in the game, soft-tossing right-hander Kyle Hendricks has quietly become the undisputed ace of the Chicago Cubs. Years from now, when we look back on this era of Chicago Cubs baseball, maybe then we’ll realize just how reliable Kyle Hendricks has been.

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Al Yellon

Cubs historical sleuthing: Special 1970s edition

Everyone wants to play this game! Read on to find out what I mean by that.

Last week, I put out a call for old Cubs/Wrigley photos that I could sleuth. I heard from several people and I promise I’ll post everything I receive.

Today I wanted to share the photo above with you. It came from an unexpected source — Bruce Miles, who retired as the Daily Herald’s Cubs beat writer at the end of the 2019 season. Bruce told me he found this old UPI photo, which he used for a story about Ron...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks goes fourth

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Cubs and MLB news — simCubs Win, the Elvis of Japan, and other stories

In the first game of three at simWrigley Field, the first place simCubs defeated the simDiamondbacks in a twelve-inning marathon punctuated by several lead changes and some memorable defensive plays.

Postgame box #PS4share pic.twitter.com/EPotwjnV1U

— Duane Pesice (@moderan13) April 3, 2020

Of particular note was Javier Baez getting nailed at home with what...

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There’s nothing like a day in the Wrigley Field bleachers

I’ve seen countless Chicago Cubs games from the Wrigley Field bleachers. But one day stands out above the rest – for a multitude of reasons. With spring definitely in the air here in Chicagoland, I’ve officially got the itch – bad.

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Unparalleled Consistency Makes Kyle Hendricks Best Cubs Pitcher of This Era

With baseball still on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, classic Cubs playoff games have been getting a lot of air time. Watching the 2016 World Series run has got me thinking about the Cubs’ impressive stretch of success under Theo Epstein and company.

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What if these five things never happened in Cubs history?

Here we look at five significant events in Chicago Cubs history and think about what might have happened had they never taken place. For years, it was a symbol of Chicago Cubs’ futility: Brock-for-Broglio.

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Yu Darvish's GQ magazine history only makes Cubs' ace more likable

Yu Darvish is the Cubs' ace, a social media wiz and fan favorite. After a disastrous debut season in Chicago, he put together an impressive 2019

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Top trades in Cubs franchise history

From Kiki to Fergie to Arrieta, here are the top trades in Cubs history.

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A shortened season will impact team’s luxury tax problems

The shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic will cause further trouble for the Chicago Cubs as they try and get under the luxury tax. As we all know, the Chicago Cubs have been battling payroll issues the last few seasons.

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Here are the top trades in Cubs franchise history

With the MLB season suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19, the 2020 schedule could be tightened or even shortened. Which, got me thinking. How will the July

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Al Yellon Duane Pesice

Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks simulated game, Friday 4/3, 3 p.m. CT

The simCubs open a series against the simD-backs at Wrigley.

The simCubs lost 4-3 to the simPirates Wednesday on an eighth-inning home run by Josh Bell off Rowan Wick. Let’s hope we don’t see too much of that the rest of the sim-year.

With a week gone in the sim season, we now have some standings and league leaders for you, for both leagues, through games of April 2.

Here at BCB, we are going to play simulated games for every game on the Cubs‘ 2020 schedule via MLB The Show 20. This...

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A shortened season will impact team’s luxury tax problems

The shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic will cause further trouble for the Chicago Cubs as they try and get under the luxury tax. As we all know, the Chicago Cubs have been battling payroll issues the last few seasons. Some weighty contracts have hurt the team and the looming 2021-22 offseason, during which […] Chicago Cubs: A shortened season will impact team’s luxury tax problems - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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Sara Sanchez

Sara’s Diary: Day 22 without baseball

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A conversation with Rachel Folden

There have been a lot of ups and downs with the last three weeks. It’s not just that there isn’t baseball. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend everything. As of this writing more than 90 percent of the country is under a stay at home order, the unemployment claims being made across the country continue to absolutely skyrocket and we are so early in the fight against this pandemic.

It’s a lot...

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