How many guys can the Cubs fit in the dugout?
Aug28

How many guys can the Cubs fit in the dugout?

Tuesday is September 1 which means that summer came and went before we knew what happened.  It also means Major League Baseball teams are allowed to inflate their active roster to an absurd 40 players.  The reasoning is simple.  Minor league seasons wind down around September 1 and if you need a player after that date where are you supposed to call one up from?  Most teams add two or three guys, typically, but sometimes, teams add a...

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What if this is as fun as it gets?
Aug25

What if this is as fun as it gets?

We are all counting on 2015 being the first of a half-decade or so (or much longer, much longer would be nice) Cubs renaissance.  The young players are sure to get better (most of them, anyway), more accomplished veterans should be added, especially to the pitching staff, and at some point, we expect to finally see the Cubs play in, and then actually win a World Series. That might all happen, but even if it does, will it ever get more...

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Four days that define a season
Aug10

Four days that define a season

In many ways, we–you and me–are the worst possible people to determine just how good the 2015 Chicago Cubs are.  We have a long history of loving this franchise and hating this franchise and wanting to hug them and wanting to punch them and everything in between.  It takes a special kind of delusion to continue to root for the Cubs.  Normally sane, rational people can convince themselves against all reason that “hey,...

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Chris Coghlan: The Half-Assed Ben Zobrist?
Aug07

Chris Coghlan: The Half-Assed Ben Zobrist?

Yesterday, Jed Hoyer, the tiny little guy who Theo Epstein allows to pretend he’s the general manager, said that the Cubs are about to have some “fun” roster problems.  Jed’s idea of fun needs some work. What he was referring to is the imminent return of catcher Miguel Montero and infielder Tommy La Stella and the spectre of the re-arrival of Javy Baez. The season-long tradition of having an unwieldy roster...

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It’s time for the Sun-Times to log off
Aug06

It’s time for the Sun-Times to log off

I know times are tough in the newspaper business.  Circulation is at all-time lows, people don’t want to pay for access to stories on the Internet.  Advertisers see little value in print ads, and most don’t have a clue how to effectively advertise online.  Hell, the only cash cow left is when a prominent athlete leaves town and buys a full-page ad in the paper to thank the fans. “Hey, maybe we can get the Blackhawks...

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Let’s just put this here—forever
Jul28

Let’s just put this here—forever

The Cubs had taken things and moved them from the folder that said ‘bad’ to the one that said ‘worse.’  After rallying back from a 4-0 deficit to eventually lead 7-4, they not only blew the lead, but trailed the mighty Colorado Rockies 8-7 going into the bottom of the ninth. The homestand from hell had already seen them blow a one-run ninth inning lead, get no-hit, and get blown out, and now this. But Kris...

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