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Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves simulated game, Saturday 7/11, 3 p.m. CT

The simCubs go for the series win!

The simCubs brought out the big bats Friday against the simBraves. Jason Kipnis (!) hit three home runs and drove in five, and Ian Happ added a long ball and the Cubs overcame an early 2-0 deficit to win 11-5.

Highlights!

Here at BCB, we are going to play simulated games for every game on the Cubs‘ 2020 original schedule via MLB The Show 20. Now that we have had an announcement of an actual 2020 season, we are going to continue these daily simulations...

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Sara Sanchez

Sara’s Diary, Day 120 without baseball: Stats

Willson Contreras, Javier Báez and Victor Caratini work out in Mesa in February | Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images

What can Cubs fans actually expect in a 60 game season?

As of this writing we are less than two weeks away from the Cubs season opener against the Milwaukee Brewers. That’s right, on Friday, July 24 there is an actual chance we’ll have pitchers to breakdown, hitters to watch and more. I say there’s a chance because we still have to worry about this...

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Al Yellon

Anthony Rizzo became a ‘bleacher creature’ and we have the T-shirt

You can commemorate this Summer Camp event!

News item: Anthony Rizzo hangs out in the empty bleachers during Cubs Summer Camp:

The Cubs were three innings into an intrasquad game on Thursday night, and manager David Ross was focused on the field in front of him. Then bench coach Andy Green had a question for Ross:

“You see Rizz?”

No, Ross had not seen Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in a few minutes. The last Ross had heard, Rizzo was planning to head out to the bullpen underneath...

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Al Yellon

SB Nation Reacts: Your thoughts about Cubs and MLB rivalries

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Rivalries are fun. They give fans a “common enemy.” Here’s how you feel about the Cardinals and other Cubs rivals.

The 60-game 2020 season will put a much larger emphasis on divisional games, as teams won’t play outside their region. For this year, that means the Cubs will see the Cardinals, Brewers and White Sox for a large percentage of those 60 games.

In conjunction with that, this week’s SB Nation Reacts survey asked baseball...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks plays out the string

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Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news from summer camp

The simCubs invaded the land of the Freeman and the home of the Braves and gave the Atlanta squad a big karate chop. It remains to be seen if the Barves have the gumption to fight back, or if the simCubs advance to the chance to sweep the leg Sunday.

Jon Lester finally went to eleven and Jason Kipnis shot three bolts into the right field stands, good for five RBI, with Ian Happ clubbing a couple of solo shots...

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Albert Almora crashes into wall during Cubs' intrasquad game, suffers mild rib injury

Albert Almora crashed into the center field wall at Wrigley Field during an instrasquad game on Friday.  The Cubs said Almora suffered a mild left rib contusion.

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Theo Epstein: Cubs support players expressing themselves, speaking out against issues

Even though Epstein’s comments may come off as hollow, there’s little to suggest he’s being anything but sincere.

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Sara Sanchez

Sara’s Diary: Day 119 without baseball: Summer Camp

Kyle Schwarber takes batting practice during the first week of Summer Camp | Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

Week one is in the books. There is still baseball. For now.

Baseball has been sort of kind of back for a little over a week now and despite some pretty serious testing delays that impacted seven teams, including the Cubs, baseball appears to be a go in 2020 — at least for now.

That could all change at a moment’s notice if a critical mass of players either opted out of...

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Al Yellon Duane Pesice

Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves simulated game, Friday 7/10, 3 p.m. CT

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The simCubs begin their final series before the simulated All-Star break.

With three days to go before the simulated All-Star break, the simCubs are riding high in the N.L. Central, leading by 11½ games and with a magic number to clinch the division of 59.

Normally it would be somewhat early to talk magic numbers, but the number is below 60 and we are just in the second week of July.

So let’s hope they can keep things rolling against the simBraves,...

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Duane Pesice

Yet another interview with simCubs (mis)manager Brandon Palmer

simCubs weekly feature, allegedly

Brandon Palmer would be the first to tell that he thinks some of the simCubs are getting shafted if they don’t appear in next week’s All-Star Game here in simLand.

But this may in fact be the case, as Kyle Hendricks looks to be the only starter looking at a berth as Jon Lester has faded a bit and Ryan Yarbrough has spent half a season in each league.

“Let me be the first to tell you,” says Palmer from his podium in an empty conference room. “I...

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Al Yellon

Today in Wrigley Field history: The worst MLB All-Star Game ever

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No, seriously. It was. For a number of reasons.

By 1990, Wrigley Field had last hosted an All-Star Game in 1962 — and that only because from 1959-62, MLB had two All-Star Games per year, with the extra proceeds going to help the MLB players pension fund.

So everyone in Chicago was excited about the first Midsummer Classic in Wrigley in 28 years, and the first in the city since the 1983 ASG at the old Comiskey Park.

The awful Home Run Derby the...

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Al Yellon

Marquee Sports Network will air the Cubs’ three exhibition games

Marquee Sports Network

Presuming baseball gets that far, you can watch the Cubs on TV a week from Sunday.

The protocols set up for the 60-game 2020 MLB season included a provision that teams could play up to three exhibition games before the schedule began, if it was feasible travel-wise and otherwise.

With the Cubs and White Sox in the same city, this seemed a logical choice and the clubs will play two games — Sunday, July 19 at 7:05 p.m. at Wrigley Field and Monday, July 20 at...

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Duane Pesice

Baseball history unpacked, July 10

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Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news

Real baseball is supposed to be coming very soon. Two weeks from today, in fact. In the meantime, the simCubs still ride high atop the NL Central standings and the leaderboards are liberally festooned with Cubs both young and old. You can see for yourself.

The Astros and Rays are fighting it out for the AL wild-card. Yankees, Indians, Angels are on top of their respective divisions. Braves, Cubs,...

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Ashley MacLennan

Outside The Confines: We made it through week one of summer camp!

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And so far baseball is still a go.

The first week of Summer Camp was eventful, with some players opting out, others continuing to voice concerns, and huge delays in COVID-19 testing making some people wonder if baseball could continue safely.

Well, so far things haven’t fallen completely off the rails, so let’s proceed with the notion that baseball is still going to happen — for now — and jump right on into news.

In “do computers know too...

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Sara Sanchez

Sara’s Diary, Day 118 without baseball: Risk

Kyle Schwarber puts on a mask during Summer Camp | Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

COVID-19 cases are soaring as everything from baseball to school faces pressure to reopen

Risk is an interesting concept and the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the way people calculate risk for themselves and risk for other people. This week I’ve seen that play out in baseball and education and it’s been interesting reading about the risk people are willing to see others take on for them to get...

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Tim Huwe

Who is off-limits in the Cubs pipeline in 2020?

Miguel Amaya batting during an Arizona Fall League game, September 2019 | Photo by Buck Davidson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Which Cubs prospects should they not trade under any circumstances this year?

If baseball begins in 2020, a rather necessary question will need to be asked, eventually: Is the season likely to be played to a standard conclusion? That isn't a "wish" or "hope" sort of a question. That is a question with an answer likely in the percentage range. For instance, if the...

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Al Yellon

Cubs off day real historical game thread

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You like watching him pitch. I like watching him pitch. And so you get more of him!

If the 2020 schedule had been ongoing as planned, today would have been an off day for the Cubs — their second this week after a two-game series against the White Sox before a weekend trip to Atlanta.

Since today is a break from our simulated season, here’s another game featuring one of my favorite current Cubs. He’s been celebrated for other games...

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Al Yellon

Cubs announce 2021 regular season schedule

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The Cubs will face the A.L. Central in interleague play next year.

Time flies, right? It seems like it’s only been a few days since we received MLB’s truncated 60-game schedule for 2020.

Oh. Right. It has been only a few days.

But MLB presses on! Today, we know the dates the Cubs will play a full 162-game schedule next year.

At least, we hope they will.

And if you think you’ve seen enough of the A.L. Central this year, in the 60-game...

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Al Yellon

Today in Wrigley Field history: The Cubs host the worst home-run derby ever

Ryne Sandberg and Mark McGwire prepare for the 1990 Home Run Derby | Photo by Steve Goldstein/Getty Images

The capricious Wrigley winds ruined this event.

Wrigley Field was chosen to host the 1990 All-Star Game, the first that would be in the Friendly Confines under the lights and first on the North Side since 1962. As part of the festivities, Wrigley was also scheduled to host a Home Run Derby the day before the game.

The Home Run Derby was something fairly new at the ASG. It had been...

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Al Yellon

Cubs release Brandon Morrow

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It was a worthwhile attempt... that worked for half a season.

Brandon Morrow’s 12-year big-league career included 334 appearances, 113 starts, four complete games and 40 saves.

It also included nine stints on the disabled/injured list, multiple surgeries and even a week missed when he hurt himself taking off his pants after returning from a Cubs road trip in 2018.

“Just undressing at my house,” Morrow, who has 16 saves this season, told reporters...

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