| Apr 1, 2013
| 6:57 AM
Cubs manager Dale Sveum and team president Theo Epstein believe the Cubs will take a big step forward this season, and I’m thinking, I guess losing only 90 games would be a big step.
Another 100 losses, however, is easily attainable, don’t...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 7:32 AM
Dale Sveum must be trying to get fired.
Or maybe the Cubs manager hates Cubs fans.
Or perhaps he’s an agent of evil sent by North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to destroy the Cubs because their legendary ineptitude and continued consignment to a...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 7:01 AM
From no-trade clauses to eminently tradable contracts.
That’s part of Theo Epstein’s massive remaking of the Cubs: retaining talent while also retaining the flexibility to deal that same talent.
Witness Starlin Castro’s new deal. It...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 7:29 AM
Reed Johnson will start in right field for the Cubs as they face Pirates' left-hander Brian Burres in the first game of a weekend series Friday at Wrigley Field.
But manager Mike Quade only used part of his usual lineup against southpaws, keeping...
| May 20, 2012
| 2:54 PM
During spring training, Jake Peavy said he wouldn’t try to become a pitcher who relies on guile after surgery robbed him of the power he used to have. Peavy lied, and good for him. He has become as smart as he is good. When he lost the plate in...
| Jul 3, 2011
| 9:40 AM
Marlins all-time All-Star list
2011 Gaby Sanchez 2010 Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson 2009 Ramirez, Johnson 2008 Ramirez, Dan Uggla 2007 Miguel Cabrera 2006 Cabrera, Uggla 2005 -- Luis Castillo; Paul Lo Duca, Dontrelle Willis; Cabrera
| Apr 12, 2012
| 9:16 AM
Late Wednesday night, someone named Tom Hamilton sent me this email with the subject line “And I am a Cubs fan’’:
“I was all excited about our new YOUNG Management team, thinking they would make a difference. Interesting Fact...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 2:47 PM
Wait, aren’t Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol supposed to be the proven guys in the Cubs bullpen?
The Cubs seem as capable of running themselves out of games as pitching themselves out of them. I thought this was a new season.
It might’ve only...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 5:05 PM
What is all the hand-wringing about Theo Epstein lately? Wasn't this expected? The Cubs needed a complete overhaul and Epstein is in the demolition phase. He seems to be ahead of schedule. We now know that Bryan LaHair can hit, Jeff Samardzija looks...
| May 19, 2012
| 8:13 PM
Cubs manager Dale Sveum helped out the White Sox, and John Danks did the rest on Saturday night.
The White Sox’s left-handed starter has had more trouble with left-handed hitters than righties this season. His confidence in throwing his changeup to...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 7:20 AM
Tom Ricketts was asked what was wrong with his team that ranked among the worst in baseball, and he answered -- are you sitting down? -- “Nothing. Just a lot of injuries.’'
Nothing? Is he tone deaf?
Just injuries? Try bad. Ryan Dempster...
| Jan 20, 2012
En route to 91 losses last season and a radical regime change, the Cubs were outscored by 102 runs. As it happens, half of those can be put down to talent and half of them to playing the game well.
Bill James tracks manufactured runs, both created and...