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Will recent extensions affect young core?

Amidst one of the coldest free agent offseasons ever, a flurry of extensions for rising stars were signed this week.  Given the circumstances of the deals and the players signing them, how will Cubs players be affected? Free Agency isn’t what it used to be, for the Chicago Cubs or anyone else. It seems the […] Chicago Cubs: Will recent extensions affect young core? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Al Yellon

Cubs catchers take live batting practice [VIDEO]

We’re getting closer to real baseball game action.

MESA, Arizona — When I saw this tweet from Tribune beat writer Mark Gonzales early this morning:

Fans planning to attend Sunday’s workout can watch the first day of live batting practice on the minor league fields at about 10:30 a.m. AZ time. But earlier arrival is advised

— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) February 17, 2019

... I made plans to head over to Mesa and get there early, figuring there would be a big crowd watching.

There...

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Brandon Kintzler back to attacking hitters

When Brandon Kintzler came to the Cubs at the trade deadline last season he was expected to be a reliable arm in the back end of the bullpen. But he had a rough end to the year on the North Side, prompting him to go back to his foundation this spring training.

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Cole Hamels explains the pitfalls of 'winning young' and how the Cubs can get back to the promised land

Cole Hamels had a very similar journey as this young Cubs core when he was coming up with the Philadelphia Phillies and the veteran explained how the Cubs can use that knowledge to get back to the promised land.

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Al Yellon

Is the Cubs’ chance at a ‘dynasty’ really over?

That’s what FiveThirtyEight thinks. I think they’re wrong. Here’s why.

The provocative headline “Did The Cubs Miss Their Chance To Be A Dynasty?” appeared recently on the FiveThirtyEight website.

It got you to click, right? It did for me, and as is the case for FiveThirtyEight, their analysis is strictly by the numbers, and reaches this conclusion:

How is it possible that the Cubs went from dynasty in the making in 2016 to a team struggling to stay atop its own division in less...

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Clean slate, consistency and health

The Chicago Cubs enter Spring Training with a clean slate. Many of the players that were injured last season are healthy. Now the Cubs need to get off to a good start. After a disappointing finish to the season, the Chicago Cubs feel they have something to prove. PECOTA projections have them finishing last in […] Chicago Cubs: Clean slate, consistency and health - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks features creatures

...playing for the Chicago Cubs, and other bullets

As I write, it’s Saturday night, and, in my mind, I’m in Berwyn (I actually lived there for a while, around the corner form the car sculpture)! We remember Julie Adams with an encore of “Creature from the Black Lagoon”! And actual baseball news is still back. Good times!

And I was inspired by the music pages to create a ‘Duane Radio’ group on Facebook. I’ve been in the habit of filling idle time with chestnuts and nuggets for...

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Cole Hamels On Winning Young

Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels describes what it means to win "young". Despite the success that some of the Cubs youngsters have had, Hamels believes it is great for them to have had the experience of a "gut punch" so they won't take winning for granted.

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Health and a quick start key to 2019 success

The National League Central will be one of the toughest divisions in MLB.  For the Chicago Cubs, avoiding injury and getting off to a quick start will be more critical than ever. The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers are formidable foes in the race for the NL Central crown.  And the Reds and Pirates won’t be pushovers either.  […] Chicago Cubs: Health and a quick start key to 2019 success - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Almora's time as everyday player 'on the horizon'

Cubs manager Joe Maddon believes center fielder Albert Almora Jr. will soon grow into being an everyday player. That, however, is not likely to be the case when the regular season begins.

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Joe Maddon reacts to Addison Russell

Addison Russell may have sat alone to address the media, but Joe Maddon was 'impressed and proud of what he did and how he did it'.

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Goal for Kyle Hendricks is consistency in 2019

The soft-tossing Kyle Hendricks has been arguably the most underrated pitchers in the National League the past four years, and he wants to continue that with a more consistent 2019. While Jon Lester is often considered as the ace of the Chicago Cubs, Kyle Hendricks may be the most efficient starter they have. A career […] Chicago Cubs: Goal for Kyle Hendricks is consistency in 2019 - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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What Joe Maddon thought about Addison Russell's press conference

MESA, Ariz. Addison Russell sat on an island, the only person at the table in the Cubs spring training media room. As it should be. This

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Al Yellon

A look at Cubs spring training season tickets

... along with some information about price points.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — The Cubs have gone all-mobile for season tickets at Wrigley Field this year. If you want them printed, you can have that done (for a price!), but you simply get the same ticket someone would get at the box office, not on special season ticket stock.

This isn’t the case for spring training tickets, fortunately, for those of us who like attractive season tickets on heavier, glossy stock. The team is still issuing...

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Albert Almora Jr. doesn't like an early exit

When reflecting on the Cubs' early exit, Albert Almora Jr. said it took time to get over especially having the last out. However, the outfielder feels the fire burning and is ready to take on 2019.

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Chicago Cubs eager to put a disappointing offseason behind them

Sure, October baseball is great. But there’s nothing quite like the start of Spring Training, where you get a clean slate. Don’t believe me? Ask the Chicago Cubs. I never thought I’d see the day where I’d want to turn the page on a Chicago Cubs season that culminated in a fourth-straight postseason appearance and […] Chicago Cubs eager to put a disappointing offseason behind them - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Albert Almora Jr. has a plan to cope with Manny Machado questions in Cubs camp

MESA, Ariz. At this rate, it almost seems like Manny Machado and Bryce Harper may never sign. Fans and media are worn out by the

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MVP picks, ridiculous predictions and more

The Chicago Cubs are in Mesa preparing for the 2019 season. We’ve seen the PECOTA projections. Ignore them. We’ve got some Cubs to watch for MVP potential and more in today’s Morning Marquee. Last season, the Chicago Cubs got a much-needed jolt from Javier Baez who finished second in the NL MVP vote. The Cubs have […] Chicago Cubs: MVP picks, ridiculous predictions and more - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Reliever Junichi Tazawa has tough road to join Cubs' bullpen

Reliever Junichi Tazawa is expected to arrive in Cubs camp on Monday, after working out visa issues that delayed his departure, per the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales. Tazawa remains a long shot to make the Cubs' Opening Day roster. He hasn’t been an asset to a major-league bullpen since 2016 with the Red Sox.  After posting a 7.07 ERA for the Marlins and Angels last season, Tazawa looks to re-establish himself in Cubs camp for former employer Theo Epstein, though again, the window of...

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Al Yellon

Wrigley Field construction update: February 15

Lots of things are covered up at the ballpark, but work goes on underneath those tarps.

BCB’s Sara Sanchez headed out in the cold Friday afternoon to take photos of the 1060 Project at Wrigley Field. Here’s her report:

The sun was out but it was a brutally cold day at Wrigley Field. The left and right field corners were mostly all covered up now that the new seats are in, but that doesn’t mean the crews have stopped working, they’ve just shifted towards the marquee and Gallagher...

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